A house is not a home unless you live on Judson Street

Rachel Isenberg Favorite Spot: Judson Street between Aspen and Brown Neighborhood: Fairmount I Am: A neighbor, friend, tennis coach, mentor, language instructor, life adventurer. No order - all in one :) Years in Philly: 6 Current neighborhood: Fairmount My Love Note Dear Judson, I love coming home to you. A house is not a home. A home is a community of smiling, laughing neighbors, excited kids, friends, and shining lights. A fairy tale like block filled with saturday morning breakfast, extra sets of keys for the locked Read more

How to turn a country girl into a city girl

Lindsay V. Favorite Spot/Neighborhood/Address: Old City I Am: a part time student, full time employee. Years in Philly: 3 Current Home: Havertown, PA My Love Note Dear Philly, You know, before I met you, I didn’t care too much for cities. In fact, I was a country girl. Can you believe that? I was a country girl. I grew up in a backwards little town up in the mountains and was pretty sheltered until I took the plunge into your streets. That was three years ago Read more

A reminder that every day is a chance to enjoy the hell out of life

Mike Jackson Favorite Spot: Not really a spot. Even better. The Phillie Phanatic I Am: alrightmike.com Years in Philly: I've lived in Philadelphia since 2009 (but was here for college, and my family is from Mayfair) Current Home: Fairmount My Love Note Dear Phillie Phanatic, You serve as constant reinforcement in the power of positivity – an honest reminder that every day is a chance to enjoy the hell out of life. The way you announce yourself to a stadium of people with the same enthusiasm Read more

Love Note #: 236 A house is not a home unless you live on Judson Street

Rachel Isenberg
Favorite Spot: Judson Street between Aspen and Brown
Neighborhood: Fairmount

I Am: A neighbor, friend, tennis coach, mentor, language instructor, life adventurer. No order – all in one :)
Years in Philly: 6
Current neighborhood: Fairmount

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Love Note #235: How to turn a country girl into a city girl

Lindsay V.
Favorite Spot/Neighborhood/Address: Old City

I Am: a part time student, full time employee.
Years in Philly: 3
Current Home: Havertown, PA

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Love Note #234: A reminder that every day is a chance to enjoy the hell out of life

Mike Jackson
Favorite Spot: Not really a spot. Even better. The Phillie Phanatic

I Am: alrightmike.com
Years in Philly: I’ve lived in Philadelphia since 2009 (but was here for college, and my family is from Mayfair)
Current Home: Fairmount

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Love Note #233: Patience learned by working for the Central Delaware River Waterfront

Karen Thompson
Favorite Spot: The Delaware River, but particularly the Wood Street steps as a reminder of the past and Race Street Pier as an example of the future
Neighborhood: Delaware River Waterfront

I am: a Texan who found herself head over heels in love with Philadelphia, and an urban planner working on the Central Delaware River.
Years in Philly: a little more than 5

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2015. A new year, a new blog design

As usual, I seem to have trailed off in posting Philly love notes because I’ve gotten side tracked. Last time it was opening Spruce Street Harbor Park, this time it was map making at NextFab and opening Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest. Remaining committed to the blog has been difficult, and I’m hoping that a refresh in its look and content will help me to reengage.

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I seem to work in a oddly convoluted, circular fashion. I started doing the maps because they were fun, and I needed a side project to keep me busy after moving into my own place (I have my own studio in my apartment in South Philly!). I’ve always been on the fence about how to raise money for the blog — never feeling quite right about asking people for money because they were already providing invaluable content. So selling maps seemed like a natural fit. I’d put them up on Etsy, they’d be Philly focused, and I’d raise money needed to redo the site. I’ve always felt like the design of the site never quite did the love notes justice. It was also in part coded by my ex, and I’d really like to remove that. So map making -> blog redesign.

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But, I ended up running into a similar problem. I loved what I was producing, but the packaging wasn’t so great. So now map making -> brand redesign and packaging. Luckily, I teamed up with an amazing Philly designer and we came up with the packaging below. Now that that’s out of the way, I can return to focusing on redesigning the site to accommodate new content and all of the love notes that I’ve unintentionally backlogged.

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I’ll be back to posting once a week, hopefully with some extra content sprinkled here and there. I’m looking to have the site redesigned by the spring, so stay tuned. And as always, thanks for continuing to read the love notes, follow along on social media, buy maps and submit love notes.

Happy 2015! Looking forward to seeing what the year has to bring.

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Who do you love in Philly?

One of the best parts of this whole mapmaking endeavor is that I can occasionally decide, on a whim, to give one or two away (my friends also all know what they’re getting for every wedding, baby shower, housewarming, etc.).

I was in a particularly bad mood last night, so I put out a question to the Internet(s): Who makes you love Philly? I was essentially bribing strangers to make me feel better with the promise of a possible papercut map, but the answers turned out to be super sweet, so I wanted to share them here.

I’m going to keep this one going for a little bit, so if you want to spread some love to a Philly friend via social media, tweet at me (@phillylovenotes) or post on the Instagram photo and tag that special person.


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Map Update! New Maps Added!

I just added two new maps to the Etsy store today. 8×10″ West Philly and the big 24×36″ custom woodcuts are now up for sale. I’ll be taking orders for the next couple of weeks so that everything is cut and delivered by the holidays.

Huge Philly Woodcut

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West Philly

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Love Note #232: I’m in love with Philly too!

Amelia Diaz
Favorite Spot: All of Philly

I Am: Amelia. A native Honduran. A lover of the outdoors, ethnic foods, sports, and creative minds.
Years in Philly: 5 months
Current Home: Old City.

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Love Note #231: LOVE Park, finally

Thomas Dixon
Favorite Spot: LOVE Park
Neighborhood: Center City
Address: 1599 John F Kennedy Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19103

I am: Curious while cautious, I’m eager to do all I reasonably should to understand the world around me, others, and myself.
Current Home: Fishtown
Years in Philly: Born and raised here in Philly, I’m now thirty-years-old.

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MAPS FOR SALE!

PRE-ORDER MAPS GO ON SALE TODAY

In an effort to raise money to support the blog, I’m selling papercut and woodcut maps of Philadelphia. All of these maps are based off of a 3’x4′ Philly map that I handcut during a brief stint of insanity. In an effort to make these cuts as authentic as possible, I learned how to use the lasercutter at NextFab and will be creating them all myself.

I’m taking pre-orders in order to raise the funds needed for materials and laser time. I can also only create a limited number between now and December 20, which is the date all cuts will be shipped by (in time for the holidays).

Custom cuts are created based off of an address provided by the buyer. An icon, such as a heart, can be cut at that location. Neighborhood cuts are currently available for Center City, Fishtown and South Philly. All maps can be purchased via Etsy

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email me at phillylovenotes@gmail.com

Custom-Woodcut

$150, 8×10 Custom Woodcut on 1/8″ Baltic Birch

Custom-Papercut

$125, 8×10 Custom Papercut on White Acid-Free Paper

Center-City-Woodcut

$100, 8×10 Center City Woodcut on 1/8″ Baltic Birch

Fishtown-Woodcut

$100, 8×10 Fishtown Woodcut on 1/8″ Baltic Birch

South-Philly-Woodcut

$100, 8×10 South Philly Woodcut on 1/8″ Baltic Birch

Papercuts are also available of the neighborhoods above for $75/each. Photos to come.

THANKS FOR SUPPORTING THE BLOG!

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