Lauren Quitmeyer’s love note to what once was the R7 line

Lauren Quitmeyer
Favorite Place: Lots of them – Linden Avenue Hatcheries, The Love Letter Project, Independence Mall, Ben Franklin Bridge, Open House, Central High School, ArtStar Craft Bazaar, Please Touch Museum, but I’ll be writing about the Trenton Regional Rail
Neighborhood: Northeast

I am: A legal assistant in Center City
Years in Philly: My whole life (30.5 years). My husband and I swore we’d only have a 191 zip code.
Current Home: Walton Park, by way of Olney and Frankford

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My Love Note:

My absolute favorite place in Philly is what I still call the R7. My route takes me from Cornwells Heights to Suburban Station. Along the way, I see the Philly that makes me SO happy. We parallel 95 and pass Holmesburg Prison (a behemoth of a building), through the Tacony factories, catching sight of the Tacony Palmyra Bridge. We continue past the El (another one of my favorites), breeze by the North Philly station with its City of Brotherly Love mural, all the fantastic, colorful graffiti, ghost advertisements on old factories and abandoned rail cars, and over the river with its rowers and Zoo Balloon on the north and the skyline to the south. We pass the Zoo and the goats in the new KidZooU, and pull through 30th Street, so full of energy, see the whale mural and the running trail and finally pull into Suburban. Every day, I cherish this ride and its journey through Philadelphia’s history.

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5 Responses to Lauren Quitmeyer’s love note to what once was the R7 line

  1. Bob Bruhin

    Very refreshing to see the other leg of my own favorite former R line. Maybe now I’ll submit a series based on the line now known as Chestnut Hill East, just to show off the entire length of the former R7.

    Thanks!!

     
  2. Daniel

    Once the R5, always the R5. Thorndale 4eva.

     
  3. Michele

    Absolutely love this article!

     
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