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 14-20 CityLove, a project of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, descends on Philadelphia.
CityLove “celebrates the urban soul of America through photography, special events, and social media” as part of the National Trust’s Saving Places initiative.
The CityLove project is coming to Philly as the first stop in what the National Trust hopes will be many more, helping to take this largely online project to real life.
“We chose Philly, because it’s a city with opportunity,” the National Trust’s Grant Stevens explained in a blog post. “Today, after decades of population decline, Philadelphia is once again on the rise as a new generation discovers all the quirks and charms of one of America’s oldest cities. Here is a place where it’s possible to see both the good and the bad, the beautiful and the ugly, the old and the new. And we love that.”
CityLove is presenting a series of free tours, meetups, parties, and photo walks. Spots are limited and registration is only open through this Sunday. So check out the schedule below and register online. And don’t forget, you can always participate through the Saving Places Twitter and Instagram.
Ashley Hahn has written and edited Eyes on the Street since 2011. Since September 2015 she has served as PlanPhilly's managing editor. She has a special interest in preservation, neighborhoods, and all things public – from policy to art. She holds masters degrees in City and Regional Planning and Historic Preservation from PennDesign. Ashley has lived in 12 zip codes that she can think of, including neighborhoods in Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, New York and Philadelphia. She is proud to call 19147 home.