Favorite Spot: Market Frankford Line
I Am: A High School Student
Years in Philly: 17 Years. (All my life.)
Current Home: West Philly
Favorite Place: Lots of them – Linden Avenue Hatcheries, The Love Letter Project, Independence Mall, Ben Franklin Bridge, Open House, Central High School, ArtStar Craft Bazaar, Please Touch Museum, but I’ll be writing about the Trenton Regional Rail
I am: A legal assistant in Center City
Years in Philly: My whole life (30.5 years). My husband and I swore we’d only have a 191 zip code.
Current Home: Walton Park, by way of Olney and Frankford
Editors Note: Joel gave me this love note a few months ago. I finally got around to taking the bus ride, starting first at 16th and Walnut, travelling over the Gray’s Ferry Bridge to 50th and Woodland, back east to 3rd and Pine and traversing the city once more to my starting point. The bus ride was eye-opening. This blog conveniently ignores the poverty, crime, and inequalities of this city and chooses, very consciously, to focus on the positive side of the city. I figure that there is enough press covering the other side. But, on days like this, I am forced to acknowledge the struggles of the city. Having not read the note in a little while, I was afraid that the piece would be too rosy, however, I feel like Joel managed to capture what I saw in words.
Favorite Spot: The No. 12 Bus
Neighborhood: Fitler Square
Address: 3rd/Pine to 50th/Woodlands
I am: A Kansas-bred freelance writer who came to Philadelphia to live in the “big city” and found this place doesn’t feel too different from my Midwestern small towns.
Years in Philly: 4.5
Current home: 23rd and Pine streets.
Brandyn Muller Campbell
Favorite Place: Broad Street Line’s AT&T stop/station
Neighborhood: South Philly
Address: Broad & Pattison
I am: My name is Brandyn Campbell. I’m known as Philly Sports Muse to some, the name of the Eagles blog that I run. I am a sports lover, blogger, rabid football fan, and proud citizen of the city of Philadelphia. Favorite things to do in the city? Watch sports and shop.
Years in Philly: 12
Current Home: South Philly
My love note: A SEPTA stop as a favorite place in Philadelphia? I know, I know. But when you think about it, the AT&T stop on the Broad Street Line represents so much about this city. It’s the nexus of the Philadelphia sports universe. Our fair city is home to one of the greatest sports complexes in the nation and it all unfolds above this single stop. The Linc. Citizens Bank Park. The Wachovia Center. The hopes of each of these teams and their fans unfold near the intersection of Broad and Pattison each season.
When is the stop at its best? On game days. Hoards of fans in their gear pumped to have a good time and support their team. It’s positive energy and excitement that’s hard to find anywhere else.
Ashbourne Road in Elkins Park is lined with some amazing homes from Philadelphia’s industrial titans. The one accesible house is The Elkins Estate, designed and built for William L. Elkins, a Philadelphian who made his fortune refining crude oil, and later as a pioneer in the street car and railroad business. The estate consists of 42 acres of land and 16 buildings, including Elstowe Manor, built by Horace Trumbauer. It is private property, but you can visit to see a variety of different performances put on by White Pines Productions (varied, fabulous, and free much of the time). If you go, check out the Chelten House next door, which is also part of the Elkins Estate, and Lynnewood Hall, which is a 110-room Neoclassical Revival mansion on the (now) 36-acre Widneer Estate. Lynnewood has been listed as by the Presrvation Alliance as one of Philly’s most endangered historic properties.