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


This is #whyilovephilly

The annual mummers parade, which is, according to National Geographic, the oldest continually running folk parade in the U.S.

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Love Note #131: First a letter, and now a poem to the Mummers by Sean Mellody

Sean Mellody
Favorite Spot: Broad Street at Bainbridge (during the Mummers Day Parade)
Neighborhood: Center City

I am: a native of the Philadelphia suburb of Lansdale, a home brewer, music lover, and friend to amazing people.
Years in Philadelphia and burbs: 31
Current Home: Queen Village

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Love Note #130: Lance Saunders’ love note to our uniquely bizarre spectacle, the Mummers and 2nd Street

Lance Saunders
Favorite Spot: Broad Street and then Two Street on January 1st
Neighborhood: Center City and then South Philadelphia
Address: Approximately Broad and locust and then 2nd street south of Washington Ave

I am: An architect, a good listener, and a human. Also, I like to write things sometimes. And draw, I draw too.
Years in Philly: I was raised in South Jersey. I spent my youth walking the streets of Philadelphia. I have lived in Philadelphia, proper, for 5 years.
Current Home: Fairmount


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