Philly Love Notes Gift Guide

Hello friends and Philly-lovers, Time for the first Philly Love Letters Gift Guide! With some help from you, I put together a completely non-comprehensive list of amazing things being done right here in the city (or right outside). This only scratches the surface of the cool stuff being made here. There are always tons of great markets and small businesses to support (like Amalgam Comics, Philadelphia Independents, Yowie, and Omoi Zakka). And of course, one of the best gifts of all -- donating money, time, Read more

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

Reading Viaduct

Walking the Reading Viaduct

The Viaduct

One of the city’s gems is an abandoned railroad line, historically part of the Philadelphia and Reading Railroads’ 9th Street and City Branches. My friend Brian Lim and I got a tour this weekend with Viaduct Greene, an organization advocating for the creation of a linear green space along these branches. I had been to the elevated, Reading branch, but had not yet had the opportunity to wander through the tunnels and corridors that make up the City Branch. Going here without a SEPTA guide (like we had) is, I think, technically trespassing. However, I have never experienced anything like it in the city, and I strongly encourage everyone to check in with Viaduct Greene to see their plans, and hopefully get in on the next tour.

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Love Note #85: Bob Bruhin loves the tiny green-space beside Noble Street at the Reading Viaduct in Callowhill

Bob Bruhin

Favorite Spot: Noble Street viaduct, above 13th Street
Neighborhood: Callowhill (aka Callowhill Industrial Historic District, aka The Eraserhood)
Address: 1300 Noble Street

I am: A web developer, photographer, blogger, and graphic designer obsessed by urban landscapes, especially depicting classic industrial architecture.
Years in Philly: 22 years
Current home: Mt. Airy

My love note:

Dear Reading Viaduct:

I love, so much, the part of you I have come to know already. The tiny green-space beside Noble Street, in the shadow of the Lasher Building and the Terminal Commerce Center, first woke me to the faded industrial glories of the neighborhood I now affectionately call the Eraserhood. This is why I still visit at least once a week to eat lunch and look at the vista of the surrounding neighborhood. I feel this is one of the best places to come to appreciate the rugged beauty of the Callowhill Industrial Historic District, commemorating Philadelphia’s former industrial might.

I only hope someday the dream of expanding this tiny green space in to a full-fledged Reading Viaduct Park is realized!

I love that I can buy an excellent sandwich down on 13th Street at Cafe Lift, or from a cart around the corner on Broad Street — too! You make my lunchtime complete!!

Love, Bob Bruhin

(Photos by Bob Bruhin, bottom photo Copyright 2011 by Karen Schlechter)
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