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

Septa

Love Note #213: A Love Note to the Love Letters

Sunny Morgan
Favorite Spot: Market Frankford Line

I Am: A High School Student
Years in Philly: 17 Years. (All my life.)
Current Home: West Philly

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Loving SEPTA’s Underground Concourse

No love note today, just some photos of SEPTA’s amazing tunnel system spanning from 8th street to 18th.

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Love Note #186: Lauren Quitmeyer’s love note to what once was the R7 line

Lauren Quitmeyer
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
Neighborhood: Northeast

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

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Love Note #142: How to teach yourself the city by taking the Route 12 bus (Joel Mathis)

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.

Joel Mathis
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.

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Love Note #65: Brandyn Muller Campbell’s favorite spot? The nexus of the Philadelphia sports universe — SEPTA’s AT&T Station

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.


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Estate hopping right off the regional rail

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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.

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Septa

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Sure, there may be some delays and surly conductors, but isn’t that what Philly’s all about? And so, my short love note is to you Septa, especially when a clean, air conditioned train comes to whisk me to the suburbs while I read and play on my computer. 


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