Favorite Spot: Philly skyline views
Years in Philly: I lived in the city for 5 years, Drexel Grad. Worked there for an additional 4 years.
Current Home: Wayne, PA. So now I miss the sunsets!
Editor’s Note: This post features photos by the amazing @kylehuff, who’s skyline and abandoned building photos are some of my favorite in the city.
Favorite Spot: The top level of any parking garage at night!
I am: A Philly based food event and urban exploration photographer who is trying to make the transition to independent documentary filmmaking.
Years in Philly: Five
Current Home: Conshohocken
Favorite Spot: As a child I fell in love with the center city library. I couldn’t stay out of there. Going to Hallahan School only fueled the fire. But one day, I walked to the Art Museum and sat on the steps and realized my city is most beautiful from there day or night.
Neighborhood: Art Museum
Address: 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19130
I am: An investigator with the Defender Association of Philailadelphia who grew up in here, left and came back.
Years in Philly: Born here, and have returned. I’ve been back 19 years
Current Home: Mt. Airy
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!
Neighborhood: Old City-Delaware River-Camden
Address: Bridge is between Race and Vine from N. 5th Street to the river, with pedestrian walkway entrances at New (north) and Florist (south).
My love note:
12 years and about 50 pounds ago, I was a pretty decent runner.
My times were never great — I won a few cross country dual meets, I never got hurt — but I was hardcore. By senior year of high school I savored every minute of every run. I loved running in the woods in Philadelphia and Bucks County, on streets near the Northeast Airport and on tracks all over. Unfortunately, running competitively for 10 or so years killed my spirit. I fell out of it in college. I found new interests. I dropped my favorite hobby for reasons I still don’t understand.
A few years ago I got fired, got dumped and, most importantly, saw an incredibly unflattering photo of myself. I’m pretty vain, so it wasn’t hard to get back into running. But even though I was running every day, I never found that perfect place to run. I don’t own a car (so no Belmont Plateau) and I live east of Broad (so the Schuylkill River trail is a bit far, too). I thought I’d be running big loops around South Philly streets forever.
Then one day I ran the bridge.
The Benjamin Franklin Bridge is gorgeous, but I never realized how great it is until running over it. It opened on July 1, 1926 to rave reviews as the Delaware River Bridge; the chief engineer, Polish-born American bridge maven Ralph Modjeski, was born exactly 122 years before me. The view of the skyline from the middle of the bridge is the best in the city, but the scenery from the bridge is great, too: The backsides of buildings, a baseball stadium and nicer-than-you-think Rutgers-Camden campus in New Jersey.
I’ve been running the bridge almost every day this summer. I dread it a little every day; my shins do even more. I only have to go through Washington Square, past Independence Hall and down Fifth Street to get there, but some days I step onto the walkway and already feel defeated. It’s steep. The first incline on the Philadelphia side goes up forever. Unlike running on streets, though, there’s no opportunity to slack. It’s a straight shot to the top, no stopping. And, yes, the runner’s high from going up and down and up and down is unmatched.
The Ben Franklin Bridge is this city: Beautiful and formidable, underrated and unmatched. Now, if you’ll excuse me, it’s really nice out today and I’m headed out.
Favorite Spot: Drexel Park
Neighborhood: University City
Address: Baring and 32nd streets
Favorite Spot: Sunset behind the Philly Skyline
I am: An architect/urban designer who is obsessed with how people experience and move through space, the way people shape their world, and why the places we live in are the way they are (ie, human and natural history).
Years in Philly: 3
Current home: Physically, I live in New York City. Mentally, in Philly.