- NewsWorks recently joined some area photographers as they trekked through Germantown in the inaugural Photo Walk, snapping shots of the obvious to “the small things that usually go unnoticed.” Participants can then upload their photos on a common Flickr page, presenting a vibrant collective snapshot of two sun-soaked hours in Germantown.
- Philadelinquency attempts to delineate the urban lines between poverty and affluence with the use of satellite maps: the larger the concentration of black rooftops, the poorer the neighborhood.
- It has not been a good week for the portraits of Italian-American men in South Philly; first Lorenzo & Sons and now Frank Rizzo. The iconic mural of the 93rd mayor (1972-1980) at 9th and Montorse Streets was defaced with black paint being hurled at Rizzo’s right eye, in addition to graffiti voicing the time-honored charges of “fascista.”
- Plan Philly’s “Look Up!” segment encourages a keener architectural appreciation of Independence Hall as the 500 block of Chestnut gears up for the usual inflow of tourism dollars this week. “They come to see an outstanding example of Georgian architecture that has become an international icon of freedom.”
About the author
Stephen Currall recently received his BA in history from Arcadia University. Before beginning doctoral studies, he is pursuing his interest in local history, specifically just how Philadelphians engage their vibrant past. Besides skimming through 18th century letters, Steve is also interested in music and travel.
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