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

Race Street Pier

Love Note #272: Dear Philly, will you be mine?

Kristin Dudley
Favorite Spot: Though not the subject of this note, Amrita Yoga and the Race Street Pier
Neighborhood: Fishtown for Amrita, the Delaware River Waterfront for the Race Street Pier
Address: 1204 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125 and Race St. and Columbus Blvd.

I Am: The Talent Marketing Manager at Comcast with a background in design and entrepreneurship.
Years in Philly: 12 in city, 18 in burbs
Current Home: Graduate Hospital

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My Annual Philly Love Note 2015 Edition

Emma Fried-Cassorla
Favorite Place: Delaware River Waterfront (but I’m biased)

I am: A lover of the waterfront, blogger, Philly-girl, twin, friend, giver of good gifts, closeted romantic, biker.
Years in Philly: 32 minus 5
Current Home: S. Philly (even farther South than last year)

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Love Note #233: Patience learned by working for the Central Delaware River Waterfront

Karen Thompson
Favorite Spot: The Delaware River, but particularly the Wood Street steps as a reminder of the past and Race Street Pier as an example of the future
Neighborhood: Delaware River Waterfront

I am: a Texan who found herself head over heels in love with Philadelphia, and an urban planner working on the Central Delaware River.
Years in Philly: a little more than 5

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Love Note #179: How a concert at Penn’s Landing changed Lawrence Christian Clarke’s life

Lawrence Christian Clarke
Favorite Place: So many to choose from… Headhouse Square, Sister Cities Park, Race Street Pier, Penn’s Landing, Franklin Square

I am: Someone who loves & appreciates The City of Brotherly Love

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Love Note #72: Race Street Pier, the past, present and future of the City (Gary Steuer)

Gary Steuer
Favorite Spot: Race Street Pier Park (and environs)
Neighborhood: Old City
Address: Race Street and Columbus Boulevard/Delaware Avenue

I am: The Chief Cultural Office of the City of Philadelphia and Direct the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy. I am grateful that my job allows me to support and celebrate the culture and creative energy that drives this City.
Years in Philly: Four (but I have a little bit of Philly roots in that my parents met here in the Fifties…)
Current Home: Bella Vista – Broad and Fitzwater 

My Love Note: I would say that my new favorite spot is the Race Street Park. It is beautifully designed, peaceful, offers a fantastic Philadelphia cityscape view of the Delaware and the Ben Franklin Bridge, and provides inspiration for the further development of the Delaware waterfront. Approaching the park from Race Street, you also get to experience “Marquis,” a work of digital public art by Richard Torchia and Greenhouse Media that presents a live feed of a moving image of the surface of the Delaware River that is somewhat abstracted by the LED screen. Really cool! 


AND, if that were not enough, across the street from the Race Street Park is the new headquarters of Live Arts/Philly Fringe, in a historic water pumping building. I feel like in this spot, at this point in time, the past, present and future of the City are all simultaneously evident, as well the integration of the arts and design into the urban environment.

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Love Note #2: The Race Street Pier, waterfront beauty in an industrial setting

Emma Fried-Cassorla
Favorite Spot: Race Street Pier
Neighborhood: Penn’s Landing
Address: Race St and N Columbus Blvd

I am: a scientist, student, foodie
Years in Philly: Off and on for 29. Almost 30. Getting old.
Current home: South Philly, the promised land of pho and Mexican food

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