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

West Philly

Love Note #278: Have you found the Tree of Concern?

Steve Perzan
Favorite Spot: Stone hidden behind the Please Touch Museum
Neighborhood: West Philly
Address: 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia, PA 19131

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Love Note #277: A stink to love

Heather Calvert
Favorite Spot: Too many to pick one, but for this love note, Philly’s Ginkgo Trees

I Am: A freelance writer, nonprofit professional, wife/mom/friend/daughter/voter, public school parent, lover of Philly
Years in Philly: 22
Current Home: Cedar Park, West Philadelphia

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Love Note #275: A little French in Philly

Michael Dwyer
Favorite Spot: Chamounix Fields in Fairmount Park
Neighborhood: West Philly
Address: Chamounix Dr & Ford Road

I Am: A professor of Media and Communication at Arcadia University and defensive center mid for FC Chamounix
Years in Philly: 4
Current Home: Mt Airy/Chestnut Hill

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Love Note #269: What’s your neighborhood soul mate?

Michelle Cryder
Favorite Spot: West Philly

I Am: A copywriter, blogger, food nerd, book hoarder, and all-around geek.
Years in Philly: 7
Current Home: Cedar Park

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Love Note #268: The pilgrimage to West Philly

Joanna Leigh Simon
Favorite Spot: Dahlak
Neighborhood: West Philly
Address: 4708 Baltimore Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19143

I Am: Creative director for Philly-based video production company Skout Media. Grew up just outside Philly, then left for a whole, and now I’m back!
Years in Philly: 10 years growing up outside the city, 5 years living downtown
Current Home: Fishtown

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Love Note #263: A home may change, but the Green Line Cafe remains

J.
Favorite Spot: Green Line Cafe
Neighborhood: West Philly
Address: 4239 Baltimore Ave.

I am: a friend, a sister, a daughter, a strong voice with a soft heart, a philanthropist, a pharmacist, a romantic, a hiker, a cross fitter, and a shopper.
Years in Philly: 10
Current Home: Graduate Hospital

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Love Note #254: An emotional visit to Philadelphia

Hetal (ex-pat files)
Favorite Spot: Clark Park Amish Farmers Market
Neighborhood: West Philly
Address: 4398 Chester Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19104

I Am: A foodie who fell in love with Philly during college
Years in Philly: 6
Current Home: San Francisco

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Love Note #250: Pro tip: Parking lots are the best for Philly skyline photos

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.

Schuyler L.

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

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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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Love Note #202 The best stretch of land in the City of Philadelphia

Chris Robinson
Favorite Spot: Belmont Plateau
Neighborhood: Fairmount Park, West Philly
Address: Montgomery Drive, Philadelphia, Pa 19131

I am: A drummer from West Philadelphia with a passion for photographing Philadelphia’s architecture and raising awareness of the area’s importance through Instagram (@cbeatz852).
Years in Philly: I’ve spent all my life in Philly. 28 years to be exact.
Current Home: I currently live on the border of West Philly, in Upper Darby.

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