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-founder of the Hidden City Daily and author of three books of non-fiction, including Philadelphia: Finding the Hidden City (with Peter Woodall and Joseph E.B. Elliott) and two novels, Everything is Borrowed and Lion and Leopard. He is co-editor of Who Will Speak for America, an anthology forthcoming in June 2018, and 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
Design Coalition Aims To Bridge The Old-New Divide

Design Coalition Aims To Bridge The Old-New Divide

October 12, 2018  |  Walk the Walk

Move over Miami, the Philadelphia Design District is getting ready for some time in the spotlight. The coalition of gallery owners, artisans, and tech startups want to transform Old City into a hive of contemporary design, while preserving the neighborhood's historic character. Joe Brin takes a look inside the idea with co-founder Eugenie Perret > more

Germantown Boys & Girls Club Compromise Brings Peace To Penn Street

Germantown Boys & Girls Club Compromise Brings Peace To Penn Street

October 9, 2018  |  News

Owners of Germantown Boys and Girls Club reach an agreement with preservationists after two years of heated debate. Starr Herr-Cardillo has the news > more

Shakespeare & Co. Brings Old Bank Back To Life

Shakespeare & Co. Brings Old Bank Back To Life

October 4, 2018  |  Buzz

Manhattan-based bookstore and café revives an old banking storefront in Rittenhouse Square. Michael Bixler takes a look > more

Historic Districts Make A Comeback

Historic Districts Make A Comeback

October 2, 2018  |  Vantage

After nearly a decade of lost opportunities, creative new strategies emerge for protecting Philadelphia's historic neighborhoods > more

Bearing Witness To Destruction On Christian Street

Bearing Witness To Destruction On Christian Street

September 28, 2018  |  Vantage

This summer contributor Mickey Herr recorded the slow demolition of Christian Street Baptist Church from the beginning to the end. In this photo essay she shares what it was like to watch a 128-year-old neighborhood landmark being reduced to rubble > more

New Audio Archive Gives Voice To Philly Immigration History

New Audio Archive Gives Voice To Philly Immigration History

September 26, 2018  |  News

Relive Philly public history in high fidelity through those who came before us. Historian Janneken Smucker gives us a listen inside the inner workings of the digital oral history project, "Philadelphia Immigration" > more