Can We Stay And Chat A While?

Photo: Nathaniel Popkin

Here we are at the three month anniversary of the Hidden City Daily. Pete and Thaddeus and I–and our 30 contributors–want to say thank you for inviting us in, for clicking over this way, and for engaging with us as we seek meaning and possibility in this old place.

This is the 279th article we’ve published. By now, you’ve come to expect moving photography, sharp writing, insight, context, and perspective. We’ve broken a good two dozen stories on real estate, architecture, and preservation and we’ve brought you inside places most people never see–indeed so many places demolished within weeks or days of our visit.

We aim to explore, expose, and elevate and we want to keep doing it with you.

We’ve tried to make that easy, by creating various membership levels and packages–for individuals and businesses. This is indeed how we’re funded: your membership helps us match the money granted to us by the Knight Foundation. Each membership means we can draw a little more on that pledge. It means we can offer something no one else can: the delight in exploring a place much larger than perhaps it often seems.

A week from today, we’ll host our second event, “Unsilent Night.” Maybe you’ll say it’s our declaration: we’re here and we plan to make a lot of noise. Really, it’s a chance to do what Hidden City has always done well: reveal and transform space. Become a Hidden City member, come to Unsilent Night, and you’ll be part of a reckless and fun sound sculptural experiment (that part is free for all) and then accompany us to the wonderfully anachronistic Orpheus Club for homemade vintage food. An experience only Hidden City can deliver.

I suppose we’re a little like an experimental theater company: we want your participation. Don’t hide! That’s why we run contests and ask for insight. That’s why we need you to submit your favorite public spaces and why we want you to propose story ideas and write guest editorials. We have a lot of talking to do.

About the author

Nathaniel Popkin is co-editor of the Hidden City Daily and author of three books of non-fiction, including the forthcoming Philadelphia: Finding the Hidden City (Temple Press) and a novel, Lion and Leopard (The Head and the Hand Press). He is the senior writer of the film documentary "Philadelphia: The Great Experiment."



Leave a Reply

Comment moderation is enabled, no need to resubmit any comments posted.

Recent Posts
A History Of Leadership During Philadelphia's Epidemics

A History Of Leadership During Philadelphia’s Epidemics

July 21, 2017  |  Vantage

Contributor Sam Dunnington examines disease outbreaks in Philadelphia and the individuals that helped the city navigate its most deadly epidemics > more

La Salle University Tears Down Historic Victorian Home

La Salle University Tears Down Historic Victorian Home

July 19, 2017  |  News

Another historic home is demolished by La Salle University for campus expansion > more

Shaping Up And Shipping Out At Philadelphia's First Navy Yard

Shaping Up And Shipping Out At Philadelphia’s First Navy Yard

July 18, 2017  |  Harry K's Encyclopedia

Harry K sets sail for South Philly where shipbuilding and national defense once defined the Delaware River waterfront > more

Demolition Of Two Neighborhood Sanctuaries Begins

Demolition Of Two Neighborhood Sanctuaries Begins

July 14, 2017  |  News

Two historic churches meet the wrecking ball this week. Michael Bixler reports > more

Marked Potential: Film Exchange Building

Marked Potential: Film Exchange Building

July 12, 2017  |  Marked Potential

Shila Griffith is back with the latest and last edition of her column, Market Potential. In this final piece, Griffith reinvents a vacant, Mid-century Modern landmark near Chinatown as a cooperative cooking space for culinary entrepreneurs > more

Old Mansion Hangs Tough On Chestnut Street

Old Mansion Hangs Tough On Chestnut Street

July 10, 2017  |  The Shadow Knows

Rittenhouse Square is full of sturdy, old mansions, but you would be hard-pressed to find one as resilient as this. The Shadow has the lowdown on this tenacious Queen Ann Revival home at 22nd and Chestnut Streets > more