Harry Kyriakodis, author of Philadelphia's Lost Waterfront (2011), Northern Liberties: The Story of a Philadelphia River Ward (2012) and The Benjamin Franklin Parkway (2014), regularly gives walking tours and presentations on unique yet unappreciated parts of the city. A founding/certified member of the Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides, he is a graduate of La Salle University and Temple University School of Law, and was once an officer in the U.S. Army Field Artillery. He has collected what is likely the largest private collection of books about the City of Brotherly Love: over 2700 titles new and old.
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
Harry K. investigates the rationale and planning for Benjamin Franklin Parkway over a century ago, as well as a series of other unrealized diagonal streets that were proposed, in a calculated, efficient way, to add European sophistication and cultural grandeur to the city > more
150 years ago, while the Civil War raged, Philadelphians attended the Great Sanitary Fair on Logan Square to support the troops. Harry K takes a look at the event, which raised more than a million dollars and helped pave the way for the Centennial Exposition of 1876 > more
Last fall, Econsult's Steve Mullin launched a campaign to do away with the "Delaware Valley" regional nickname. Here, Harry K. investigates the decentralized term and finds an unlikely source: our paper of record > more
This week, the Northern Liberties Neighbors Association approved the redevelopment of the former Wampole Pharmaceutical Company factory at Fourth and Wallace Streets. But Harry K says there's more to the story about this forgotten block. He lays it out here > more