Giving Back 2017

Oh this year. Time to buckle down and do what I can to give back. Like last year, I'll be donating all of the profits from the map sales to local nonprofits from Thanksgiving through Giving Tuesday. That means that your purchase of a map will help to support all of the following organizations: Philadelphia Wooden Boat Factory, Marian Anderson Historical Society, SEAMAAC, Red Paw Relief and Students Run Philly Style (more about the nonprofits below). Last year we raised Read more

#whyilovephillyarts Launches

It's official, the first #whyilovephillyarts, featuring Sean Martorana, is now live! Check out the prints below and purchase one of the 30 limited edition prints online. This is the first collaboration that aims to build a body of Philly-specific art across a variety of mediums for people to purchase with 100% of the profits going to the artist (along with a full commissions and licensing Read more

Sean Martorana x Philly Love Notes

The best part about running Philly Love Notes and making maps is the opportunity to connect with, spotlight, and help build the Philly community (see Giving Back This Year -- news about 2017 soon, #whyilovephilly Twitter campaign, #whyilovephilly parties, Philly Love Letters). So... I'm very excited to announce the new project, #whyilovephillyarts, a series of collaborations aimed at showcasing the amazingly talented artists and makers we have here in the city.  The Concept - Commission a piece of art from a variety of painters, illustrators, graphic designers, Read more

Queen Village / Bella Vista

Love Note #291: The perfect love note for the close of summer

Emily
Favorite Spot: Bodine Community Garden
Neighborhood: Queen Village
Address: 914 South Bodine Street

I Am: A recent grad school grad & urban nature enthusiast
Years in Philly: almost 5!
Current Home: Grad Hospital

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Love Note #290: Love is thinking that Philly smells like honeysuckles

Nathan Tuno
Favorite Spot: Headhouse Farmer’s Market
Neighborhood:

I Am: A landscape architect from Pennsport who loves turning his small courtyard garden into a hidden oasis
Years in Philly: Five
Current Home: Pennsport

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Love Note #256: Sometimes a peek at the skyline changes everything

Emily
Favorite Spot: The corner of 9th and Fitzwater
Neighborhood: Bella Vista

I Am: A Carolina girl turned full-fledged urbanite
Years in Philly: 4.5
Current Home: Grad Hospital

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Love Note #253: If my home couldn’t be near Sarcone’s Deli at least it could be my homescreen

Ashley Hahn
Favorite Spot: Sarcone’s Deli
Neighborhood: Bella Vista
Address: 734 S 9th Street

I am: a planner, preservationist, writer, maker, grower, and beagle enthusiast.
Years in Philly: On and off since 2005. Happily on again since 2011.
Current home: Bella Vista

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Love Note #193: How a coffee shop can comfort

Sean Lords
Favorite Spot: Chapterhouse Cafe and Gallery
Address: 620 S 9th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Neighborhood: Bella Vista

I am: A perpetual teacher, student, and traveler, now helping others looking for tefl certification in Philadelphia.

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Love Note #169 What changed Laura Luttrell’s life? The Starbucks on 4th and South

Laura Luttrell
Favorite Place: South Street (more speficially the Starbucks on the corner of 4th)
Address: 347 South Street
Neighborhood: Society Hill

I am: A lover of all things cozy and caffienated. And also a severe addict of witty British TV shows
Years in Philly: Visiting since I was a child
Current Home: Boyfriend lives in Northeast Philly ( I basically live there), but technically West Chester

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Love Note #160: According to Thomas Faust, Quizzo is one of Philly’s greatest contributions

Thomas Faust (ex-pat files)
Favorite Spot for Quizzo: New Wave Cafe
Neighborhood: Queen Village
Address: 3rd and Catherine

I am: An architect/urban designer who loves the last 20 minutes of the 1995 movie Felony. Look it up and then thank me.
Years in Philly: 3
Current home: Physically, I live in New York City. Mentally, in Philly.

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Campus Philly Love Notes: Heaven in a Thrift Shop

Editor’s note: The interns of Campus Philly share their most loved Philly spots and experiences as students in the City of Brotherly Love.

Cindy Stansbury, Temple University
Favorite Spot: Philly AIDS Thrift
Neighborhood: Queen Village
Address: 710 S.5th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

I am: A full time student at Temple University and a city explorer extraordinaire.
Years In Philly: One and a half years
Current Home: North Philadelphia and South Jersey

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Love Note #95: Amy Shelanski and her pup love roaming the grounds of Old Swede’s Church, and trust me, it’s beautiful

Amy Shelanski
Favorite Spot: Old Swede’s Church grounds
Neighborhood: Queen Village
Address: Water and Christian Streets


I am: A real estate agent who is also Exec. VP of Queen Village Neighbors Association. A woman with a dog who loves all dogs.
Years in Philly: My whole life
Current home: Queen Village

My love note: 

Dear Old Swede’s and National Park Service, 

My dog and I love having such a beautiful and historic park nearby. We love the trees, the strawberry patches and the mulberries in spring, the dogs playing in the snow in winter, the colors of fall and the wonderful scent of wild camomile. It is our little bit of country in the city.

Love,
Amy

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Love Note #93: Tracy Levesque watches Philly in all its glory from her stoop in Queen Village

Tracy Levesque
Favorite Spot: The Stoop
Neighborhood: QSOX – Queen Village South of Christian (I’m trying to coin a new Neighborhood Acronym 🙂
Address: 900 Block of South Bodine Street


I am: Web designer, business owner, aspiring green real estate developer and ameteaur Ruin Pornographer.
Years in Philly: 24
Current Home: QSOX

(All photos by Tracy)


My love note: There are so many things I love about this City — Center City Pretzels, Belmont Plateau, The Whispering Benches near Memorial Hall — it was hard for me to pick one. I came to realize the thing that brings me the most day-to-day happiness is Philly’s stoop culture. I live on a little street connected to other little streets and hanging out on the stoop with neighbors is an almost daily occurrence in the warm weather months.

I’ve lived on my block for 13 years and I have sat on my next-door neighbor’s stoop and watched little kids grow into teenagers. I’ve watched the process of kids learning to yell “CAR!” when a car is coming and then teaching it to the little kids when they have grown up into big kids.

Nearly all of my neighbors know each other and we have spent countless hours talking, laughing, eating and drinking on the stoop. We’ve played Rock Band and watched movies and Phillies games projected onto a wall at night. We’ve wheeled out BBQs and pulled chairs into the street for spontaneous block parties. Last Halloween we cooked and handed out S’mores to trick-or-treaters. And for our 6 year old’s birthday we closed down the block and turned it into a homemade sprayground.

Recently me, the wife and the kid went on our first family vacation in years. The day after driving back from our roadtrip I hung out with neighbors on the Stoop and it felt like the best day of vacation. It made me realize how incredibly lucky we are to live on this great block in a great neighborhood in this town I absolutely love.






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