My Favorite Place: 800 Block of N. Orkney

 

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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.



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    • 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.

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