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    • Kickball in Weccacoe Playgorund. (Neal Santos for PlanPhilly)
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In Common: Bethel Burying Ground memorial to advance in 2019, creating learning opportunity for the living at Weccacoe Playground

Our 2018 series about Philly's changing public spaces concludes in Queen Village where a new memorial is being developed to honor a historic black cemetery within a popular playground. It’s a…

    • St. Peter Claver Catholic Church
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Saying goodbye to Philadelphia’s first black Catholic church

By Ashley Hahn Over tea, at her kitchen table, Adrienne Andrews Harris cracks open a thick binder containing the story of St. Peter Claver Roman Catholic Church. It’s a blend of…

    • Democratic Donkey greeted at 1936 convention as it eats information desk paperwork. | Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, PA
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Conventions past: Democrats in Philly, 1936

Once again Philadelphia is the happy host for to a national political convention, and we're taking a look back at conventions held in the city via the Evening Bulletin's photo archives.…

    • Press vehicles gather at the Bellevue-Stratford, June 25, 1948 | Evening Bulletin | Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, PA
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Conventions past: Republican National Conventions in Philly, 1900, 1940 and 1948 in pictures

As Philadelphia prepares to host the Democratic National Convention next week, we're taking a look back at conventions held in the city via the Evening Bulletin's photo archives. While Republicans gather…

    • Jane's Walk '15
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May 6-8: Join us for Jane's Walk 2016

“Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.”  ― Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of Great American Cities What’s inspiring in…

    • Robert N.C. Nix Federal Building & William Penn Annex Post Office, 9th Street side
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Building Stories: Robert N.C. Nix Federal Building and William Penn Annex Post Office

For our spring series Building Stories, we're bringing you design postcards from around the city. We're asking Philadelphia architects to take us to their favorite underappreciated or misunderstood buildings in Philadelphia, and explain…

    • Miller Memorial Baptist Church, Norman Blumberg Apartments loom behind, March 16, 2016 | Emma Lee/WHYY

Remaking Sharswood: Miller Memorial Baptist anchors a changing neighborhood

Early on the morning of March 19, two of the high-rise towers and 15 low-rise buildings that make up the Norman Blumberg Apartments will be imploded to make way for the…

    • First bicyclist meet in front of Memorial Hall, Fairmount Park | Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Penrose Pictoral Philadelphia collection
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November 11: Public history in 21st century Philly

Devoted readers of this space know how much we love sharing images of the city’s past – from early 20th century aerials to streetviews of the mid-century city. These photographs…

    • Rev. Duffield sculpture, finished
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Spotted: Old Pine's maple minister

If you’ve walked down the 400 block of Pine Street, then you’ve likely noticed Old Pine Street Presbyterian Church’s beautiful churchyard and the radical tilt of its historic cast iron fence,…

    • Schuylkill River, Manayunk, December 1926 | (Image 7050) Aero Service Corp., courtesy of Aerial Viewpoint, Spring, TX
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From Above: Manayunk and Venice Island, 1926

For this installment of From Above, we head upriver to Manayunk for a look at what this manufacturing enclave looked like 90 years ago. This is the first summer that…

    • Japanese Bazaar stereograph, Centennial Exposition 1876 | Library of Congress
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Shofuso digging for its Centennial ancestor

Kim Andrews is standing on a busted up paved path, pointing at a patch of tamed weeds and poison ivy in West Fairmount Park. We are looking for the past. We…

    • Colossal hand and torch 'Liberty' | Philadelphia: Centennial Photographic Company, 1876. | Library Company of Philadelphia
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LENS: Liberty for Independence Day

Happy Independence Day, Streeters. We're taking a long weekend and to celebrate we close out this week with a dip into the Library Company of Philadelphia’s image collection for this…

    • May 12, 1954: Divine Lorraine, Broad and Fairmount | Parker and Mullikin, Free Library of Philadelphia Print and Picture Collection
    • Franklin Square and bridge approach, 1926 | (Image #6800) Aero Service Corp., courtesy of Aerial Viewpoint, Spring, TX
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From Above: Franklin Square and Monument Plaza, 1926

Today Jim Saksa has a story about efforts to turn Monument Plaza into a more inviting public place. What's Monument Plaza? It's that wedge between the Benjamin Franklin Bridge approach and…

    • Automat sign, 818 Chestnut Street
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Spotted: Automat Americana

One of Philly’s finest Art Deco storefronts is 818 Chestnut Street, where the first Horn & Hardart Automat opened in 1902. Passing by the other day I noticed that the facade's…

    • Independence Square, August 11, 1927 | Aero Service Corp image #7635 | courtesy of Aerial Viewpoint, Spring, Texas
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From Above: Independence Square, 1927

In honor of Independence Day we take this opportunity to see this historic view of Independence Hall and what would become its mall, from above. In this aerial view from…

    • Love Letter
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Join CityLove to explore Philly: June 14-20

Later this month city-huggers armed with smart phones will be out exploring the city, meeting up for Instagram photo walks, and exploring some of Philly’s iconic and historic places. From June…

    • 3711 Melon Street, on its last day standing
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Dust to Dust: 3711 Melon Street's homegoing

This weekend Mantua bid farewell to a 142 year resident – 3711 Melon Street. This house was reduced to a heap of bricks, but not without a sometimes tearful, sometimes jubilant…

    • Completed Art Museum, 1927 | #7626 Aero Service Corp | Courtesy of Aerial Viewpoint, Spring TX
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From Above: Philadelphia Museum of Art (1927)

As the Philadelphia Museum of Art edges toward its 90th birthday, starchitect Frank Gehry has designed an expansion of our most prized cultural landmark. Here's a view of how the museum…

    • Weccacoe Playground, May 2014
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Sensitivity and the search for common ground at Weccacoe Playground / Bethel Burying Ground

Each marker and memorial at the Bethel Burial Ground in Queen Village was intended to endure. But forever is a long time. Neighborhood kids have played at Weccacoe Playground, between…

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