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

Tracy Levesque

Love Note #93: Tracy Levesque watches Philly in all its glory from her stoop in Queen Village

Tracy Levesque
Favorite Spot: The Stoop
Neighborhood: QSOX – Queen Village South of Christian (I’m trying to coin a new Neighborhood Acronym 🙂
Address: 900 Block of South Bodine Street


I am: Web designer, business owner, aspiring green real estate developer and ameteaur Ruin Pornographer.
Years in Philly: 24
Current Home: QSOX

(All photos by Tracy)


My love note: There are so many things I love about this City — Center City Pretzels, Belmont Plateau, The Whispering Benches near Memorial Hall — it was hard for me to pick one. I came to realize the thing that brings me the most day-to-day happiness is Philly’s stoop culture. I live on a little street connected to other little streets and hanging out on the stoop with neighbors is an almost daily occurrence in the warm weather months.

I’ve lived on my block for 13 years and I have sat on my next-door neighbor’s stoop and watched little kids grow into teenagers. I’ve watched the process of kids learning to yell “CAR!” when a car is coming and then teaching it to the little kids when they have grown up into big kids.

Nearly all of my neighbors know each other and we have spent countless hours talking, laughing, eating and drinking on the stoop. We’ve played Rock Band and watched movies and Phillies games projected onto a wall at night. We’ve wheeled out BBQs and pulled chairs into the street for spontaneous block parties. Last Halloween we cooked and handed out S’mores to trick-or-treaters. And for our 6 year old’s birthday we closed down the block and turned it into a homemade sprayground.

Recently me, the wife and the kid went on our first family vacation in years. The day after driving back from our roadtrip I hung out with neighbors on the Stoop and it felt like the best day of vacation. It made me realize how incredibly lucky we are to live on this great block in a great neighborhood in this town I absolutely love.






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Ruin Porn

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Tracy Levesque runs a super cool Ruin Porn site. She photographs the beauty of urban decay and includes the history for some of the structures we’ve all probably seen and been curious about.  


Below is a couple of my favorite shots…
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