Mansions of North Broad Street via Phil Citizen
((I don’t live too far from this “mansion district” and I never knew that those houses were mansions. Only until I started to do my own research about them. I’ve said things about how North Philadelphia was a sort of escape for the city’s new rich in the 19th century. And it really was. All these houses are breathtaking, seeing them in person and everything. I had a friend that lived in one of those mansions on 17th Street, between oxford and Jefferson streets. Architecturally, they are really stunning.
Now however, they are apartments for temple students.
You can read more about the mansions and 19th century North Philadelphia here.
Peaches at Rittenhouse Farmers Market
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Lights at Spruce St Harbor Park
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The Original Block Party
A stroll down America’s oldest residential street, Elfreth’s Alley in Philadelphia, won’t take long – it’s home to just 32 buildings. But you may find yourself reminiscing about American heritage for a while longer.
The homes, all built between 1728 and 1836, still retain their colonial charm – flower boxes hang from windows, wood shutters accent brick facades, and the homes themselves are perched along a cobblestone street.
The original residents were mostly tradesmen who worked out of the first floor of their homes. Cobblers, blacksmiths, shipwrights, shoemakers, silversmiths, glassblowers, and furniture makers all claimed Elfreth’s Alley for their homes and workspaces until the Industrial Revolution ushered factories into the neighborhood and changed the way things were made.
We couldn’t resist a stop at this historical landmark to appreciate those early artisans.
((Nice find yesterday near board and Montgomery. ))
-Fellow Tumblr user
The ignorance that exists on #Philadelphia here on Tumblr is absolutely appalling and disgusting. This person even threw in a #Killadelphia for good measure. Fuck outta here.
Life is so difficult for you in your insulated college life, isn’t it? Unlike this person, I’ve known people that have actually been murdered and people that have pulled the trigger themselves. I’m not making this up, that’s reality of my life. I’ve been to so many funerals I’ve lost count, and grimaced in pain as I saw familiar faces in the newspaper wanted for murder. You don’t know a goddamn thing about “Killadelphia,” you’re just trying to be witty or something, and I’m not falling for your trap. Also, I have walked for food or just for pleasure in North Philadelphia countless times and never felt as though my life was at risk, even that one time I got jumped for a busted iPhone and less than $10. These things happen from time to time. It’s unfortunate, but it’s true. Part of city life is knowing what you’re getting yourself into, how to get yourself out of it, or how to protect yourself.
The fact is, there are shitty people in every corner of the city including Center City, and your beloved West Philadelphia. Furthermore, since when is West Philadelphia the “safest” area of the city? Shit goes down in West Philly just like it does in other areas of the city. Just because a bunch of coffee shops opened on Baltimore Avenue doesn’t mean there aren’t a bunch of assholes looking to prey on the vulnerable running around. That’s reality. It sucks that these shitty people exist that look to do harm unto others, but ways one can significantly reduce the possibility of these things happening is: being aware of one’s surroundings, knowing where you’re going, and not walking with your head down glued to your phone oblivious to everything around you (a combination of the first two things).
Lastly, this person can’t say these things without providing the context. It’s simple-minded pandering from a pampered Temple student who has no idea what North Philly’s about. I’d be more than happy to show them North Philly, and introduce them to all the great people I have the honor of knowing—some of which I think I can call my friends. Also, I hope nothing bad happens to you in West Philly, not just because I wouldn’t wish that on anyone, but because I don’t want to spoil whatever distorted reality you’re living in.
This isn’t an anti-outsider rant. This isn’t an anti-college student rant. I don’t care where you came from and what your business is in Philadelphia. When one works actively to trivialize serious issues of violence when they’re too afraid to get food due to their own personal barriers of accepting a place for what it is, that’s when ignorance sets in and we can’t stand by and allow that to happen.—