This Is Philly

The 2012 Maskar Philly Calendar and Almanac arrived by US Mail yesterday. For the third year, Kate Maskar’s team breaks down the city and its history in lively, complex, fun, and beautifully illustrated information maps (that often incorporate real maps and the notion, highly valued around here, of place).

The 11X17calendar ($18), says the Maskar website, is a “year-long look at topics that interest us, are relevant to Philadelphia, and that let us explore interesting ways for presenting data.”

Among the wonders this year: Philly festivals (January), Native American place names and Philly neighborhoods (November), Fairmount Park and the Centennial (April), bike Philly (May–see above), and the Delaware River Basin watershed (July).

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."



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