My Favorite Place: 800 Block of N. Orkney

 

About the author

Meredith Nutting is a freelance filmmaker originally from the DC Metro Area. Since finishing her Biology/Studio Art degree at Bates College she has worked on film productions for National Geographic, History Channel and Animal Planet.



5 Comments


    • I was president of Northern Liberties Neighbors Association at the time of the city-wide process to historically certify streets, and surveyed the entire neighborhood in search of street-paving treasures. It was a wonderful adventure! Tiny Myrtle Street, with its rate blue-glazed blocks, and the contiguous 800 block of North Orkney and 400 block of Reno Streets were all included in the Northern Liberties designees. However, in my opinion, the greatest of our historic street pavings currently lies entombed in asphalt…the stretch of tiny Culvert aka St. John Neumann Way as it passes by The Sawtooth Houses. It’s my theory that the view of the original paving combined with the sawtooth design was the inspiration for the great Louis Kahn’s Salk Institute. As a child, Kahn grew up on the streets of Northern Liberties. I wrote this theory for the Northern Liberties section of “The East Philadelphia Sun”, a free monthly, circa 1993. Northern Liberties is a true American treasure trove!

  1. Does she keep saying “North” Liberties?

  2. how do I get to do one of these? awesome

  3. Very beautiful to see this little video featured here at Hidden City. My former partner Mike and I independently discovered the wild-and-wooly Northern Liberties of the ’70′s, and combined our passions at the spot where the vid’s creator was trying to look over the great brick wall we built out of salvaged bricks, stones, and the great wooden doors from 3rd & Brown. Mike & I loved Orkney, and his talent for real estate acquisition combined with my backbone to not only transform little Orkney Street, but preserve it’s green nature…which was somewhat astounding when we first set eyes on it. The structure of the nature has changed, but it’s so very wonderful to know that the magic remains in hearts other than ours. Many many stories here… The 800 block of North Orkney provided the nature resource I needed to fight mammoth civic battles that helped set the stage for the Northern Liberties of today. Liberty Lands would never have happened, if not for the magic of Orkney…and on and on. I created a little documentary a year ago, after a massive assault on our urban forest by yet another wayward “neighbor”…a sickening syndrome that’s dropped one massive bomb after another on our efforts. This civic undertoe is yet another of the chains that holds Philly back.

Trackbacks

  1. Lunchtime Quick Hits | Philadelphia Real Estate Blog
  2. The Remarkably Long Journey To Bart | Hidden City Philadelphia
Recent Posts
Fairmount Park Guard Houses: A Survivor's Guide

Fairmount Park Guard Houses: A Survivor’s Guide

July 29, 2014  |  Harry K's Encyclopedia

The Fairmount Park Historic Preservation Trust is busy restoring the few of these uniquely Philadelphia buildings that remain. Harry K tells us why they're important and where to find them > more

Design Advocate Says New Zoning Classification Needs Revision

Design Advocate Says New Zoning Classification Needs Revision

July 29, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Ruben on the dangers of IRMX, US House votes to rename 30th Street Station, a look at the Linc’s $125 makeover, and the street melodies of yore > more

Lost & Found (And Lost Again)

Lost & Found (And Lost Again)

July 28, 2014  |  Vantage

Keep a close eye on construction sites and you sometimes see a hidden layer of history come to light. Peter Woodall has been saving up good examples for a while now and brings us this collection > more

NoLibs Zoning Chair Discusses How Best To Ensure Density

NoLibs Zoning Chair Discusses How Best To Ensure Density

July 28, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Larry Freedman on the necessity of “sincere and informed” discussions with developers, Ken Weinstein offers to facilitate inclusion of Germantown Ave trestle in regional trail network, St. Joseph’s to get state historical marker, and readying for the Civic Design Review of the Morman Church’s apartment complex proposal > more

A Call For Open Parking Data And The Better Planning It Allows

A Call For Open Parking Data And The Better Planning It Allows

July 25, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Why we can’t ignore the parking problem any longer, developer to talk loft conversion in South Philly, more student housing in UCity, videographer chronicles Philly’s “Makers,” and all taxis to get cameras > more

A Place Called The Plateau Is Where Everybody Goes

A Place Called The Plateau Is Where Everybody Goes

July 24, 2014  |  Last Light

With yesterday's dedication of the John K. Binswanger Grove of Park Champions, the Fairmount Park Conservancy ushered in a new era of growth at the Belmont Plateau. It's always been Brad Maule's favorite place to survey the growth of the Philly skyline > more