Happy Holidays From Hidden City

December 23, 2011 |  by  |  Last Light  |  , ,

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Hidden City Daily will be taking a short break between Christmas and New Year’s. We’ve set a fast pace our first three months with more than 300 articles published, and don’t anticipate slowing down anytime soon.

It has been exhilarating to see this web magazine come alive as our writers and photographers fanned out into the far reaches of the city and brought back remarkable stories and images. Just a few of the highlights: Katrina Ohstrom revealed how the gravestones of Monument Cemetery ended up in the Delaware River; Harry Kyriakodis told us about the “lucky stone” embedded in the walls of Girard College; Kevin McMahon astutely analyzed the low-income Sheridan Street development in North Philadelphia; Rachel Hildebrandt provided a timely critique of a report recommending demolition for historic school buildings; and Ethan Wallace discovered a small building holding an unexpected trove of coal and railroad memorabilia.

Our goal was to create a new space for the wonderfully vital conversation about Philadelphia past-present-future–a vehicle for wider engagement in this rather complex, sometimes beguiling place. We want to make Philadelphia’s history come alive, to take take you inside the dusty places you’ve been curious about, while also engaging with the city of today by providing insightful coverage of architecture, planning, preservation, design and development.

But we need your help to do this. As 2011 draws to a close, please consider us in your year-end giving.

All gifts and membership donations will be matched one to one by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation up to $100,000 through the 2011 Philadelphia Knight Arts Challenge, and will be acknowledged on the Hidden City Daily site and in literature for the 2013 Hidden City Festival.

Membership means being more than being a reader of the Daily. It means becoming part of a community of people who love to explore, learn about, and imagine their city.

Beyond launching this web magazine, we have begun to offer one-of-a-kind events. We’re developing a behind the scenes tour program in advance of the 2013 festival; and soon, we’ll launch a “community doing” project in conjunction with the 2013 festival site neighborhoods.

All this means:

  • facilitating a broad, hopeful public dialogue around the intersection of people and place, and the tension between the past and the possible future
  • offering the public extraordinary access to Philadelphia’s remarkable and sometimes hidden places and people
  • helping places and their communities develop new programs, relationships, and support resources
  • giving artists exceptional opportunities to explore and animate our city’s history through their practice

Join us!

The Board and Staff of Hidden City Philadelphia and the Contributors to the Hidden City Daily send Best Wishes for a Happy Holiday.

Looking forward to 2012!

Peter Woodall is the co-editor of Hidden City Daily. He is a graduate of the UC Berkeley School of Journalism, and a former newspaper reporter with the Biloxi Sun Herald and the Sacramento Bee. He worked as a producer for Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane and wrote a column about neighborhood bars for PhiladelphiaWeekly.com.



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  1. Congratulations on a wonderful 2011. Here’s looking to more great conversations in the coming years.

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