Shannon McDonald (Part 3 of 3)
Favorite Spot: I-95
Neighborhood: East side of the city
Address: I-95 in the Riverwards and north
I am: I’m a journalist from Northeast Philly with an appreciation for all neighborhoods.
Years in Philly: All of ’em
Current Home: Holme Circle
My love note: The conditions have to be just right to get the most out of a trip up I-95. Pick a hot night after the traffic has dissipated, and make sure there’s a light breeze. When you make it through South Philly, Center City and the Riverwards, you’re just about there. Pass the exit for the Betsy Ross Bridge and roll your windows down. Breathe deeply as you cross over the factories that dot the riverfront of Bridesburg and Wissinoming. Smell that? I don’t know what it is or who’s producing it. I know it’s got a chemical tinge to it and I’m sure the EPA has something to say about it. It smells like northbound 95 on a late summer night. It’s the smell of being almost home.