Short take–Philadelphia

I live close to Philadelphia (actually, between Philly and New York), and a couple of weeks ago I went tromping through Center City. Normally when I go I roam through the west part of downtown, hanging out around Rittenhouse Square. This time, I went through the eastern part, going down to South Street, one of the funkier areas of the city (Manayunk is another cool place). Though, South Street has changed. When I went there in the mid-90s, there was a seediness to it that made it vaguely sketchy–even with a Starbucks. Now, there are two Starbucks and Whole Foods. And the bookstore I used to wander through is now a clothing store.

There's still some funkiness in the area

There's still some funkiness in the area

These give the neighborhood a fun, laidback groove

These give the neighborhood a fun, laidback groove

There a tons of murals in Philly, usually painted in blighted areas. South Street isn't blighted, but this is a great example of what you'll is in the city.

There are tons of murals in Philly, usually painted in blighted areas. South Street isn't blighted, but this is a great example of what you'll is in the city.

A fair at the Headhouse Market

A fair at the Headhouse Market

Streetscape. Some of the homes in the eastern part of Center City are more than 200 years old. The quiet streets are a contrast to the hurly burly of the city (and the interstate a couple of blocks away).

Streetscape. Some of the homes in the eastern part of Center City are more than 200 years old. The quiet streets are a contrast to the hurly burly of the city (and the interstate a couple of blocks away).

I didn't catch the name of this sculpture

I didn't catch the name of this sculpture

Independence Hall--where the great experiment called the United States began

Independence Hall--where the great experiment called the United States began

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