Do you ever stop and think about the history of Philadelphia?

Michelle Ottey
Favorite Spot: Independence Hall
Address: 5th and Chestnut
Neighborhood: Old City/Historic District

I am: A lifelong Philly girl
Years in Philly: 27
Current Home: Washington Square


My Love Note:

Dear Independence Hall,

I walk by you every day on my way home from work, and every day I stop to admire you and smile. I have so many great Philly days where I recognize and appreciate living in this great city, but there is something very special about you.

Many days I see you and just feel happy to live in the middle of an incredible historic city. Some days I stop, when the trees are flowering and look up at your clock tower and think about the words that were approved on that day back in 1776; I think about equality. Other days I pass by the memorial sign that commemorates the first gay rights marches that happened right there in the streets surrounding you and I feel emotional about progress toward true equality.

I love to see the diverse citizens visiting you, taking pictures in front of you, and standing in line to tour you. People come from all over to see you, and here I am lucky enough to see you every day. I never take that for granted.


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