About Philly Love Notes:

Philly Love Notes is a collection of reminders. There is too much in the city that is forgotten or overlooked. This site seeks to rediscover those places — to remind the city, and us, that it is loved. 

How it works:

Submit your love note through the website or email me at phillylovenotes (at) gmail (dot) com. I accept and publish every love note, because everyone’s voice is worth being heard, so give it a shot. I like to get together with every love note writer in the place that they’ve chosen to get a few photos and to chat about Philly. Don’t let this deter you! If you’re too shy, or live too far away, you can submit the note with a photo of yourself, but it’s always more fun to meet in person.

Please note that this site is one-woman operation that is ad and revenue free on purpose. It’s meant to be a repository for the good things in the city without any bias. 

About Emma:


I am: A Philly lover and resident, Montana lover and former resident, twin (see my brother in the center eating fried ice cream on an epic road trip), Philly Love Notes (original sketches for the blog in the center), Communications Manager for the Delaware River Waterfront, hiker, climber, traveller, papercutter, iPhone addict, handwritten note taker, Crohn’s patient, scientist, lover of the Race Street Pier and slippers and family, concert planner
Years in Philly: Off and on for 31. 
Current home: South Philly, the promised land of pho and Mexican food

I was born in Germantown, then raised three blocks away from the Philly/Cheltenham boundary, so I like to say that I was born and raised in Philly. I left for college and to follow my wanderlust all around the country from living in Glacier National Park in Montana, to working at a bagel shop in Flagstaff, Arizona.

I returned to Philadelphia seven years ago to begin my career as a neuroscientist, and stayed at a lab at UPENN researching the development of the visual system in fish. After getting a masters in Environmental Studies, I did a dramatic career shift and landed feet first as the Communications Manager at the Delaware River Waterfront Corp (Penn’s Landing to most of you).

Before leaving my job, I went through some major life changes which led me to search out a project and a way to meet new people. I had been obsessed with trying to find the “cool” things to do in Philly, so I decided I would just ask people what they loved. I assumed, correctly, that this would help me meet new people and experience tons of under the radar Philly places. It became a project dedicated to reminding Philly residents that there is too much in the city that is forgotten or overlooked. I’m hoping to pick up on the positive momentum that is happening in the city and help to change how we talk about it.

My Love Notes:

Valentine’s Day 2014

Valentine’s Day 2013

Love Note #1: Hardena

Love Note #2: Race Street Pier

Love Note #3: Fisher Fine Arts Library

Love Note #14: South Street Bridge

Love Note #30: Gate Lane

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(Photo by Bradley Maule at Revolution House)