Out Now! Philadelphia: Finding The Hidden City

November 3, 2017 | by Hidden City Staff


Photo: Joseph E.B. Elliott | Cover image: Temple University Press

Why is Philadelphia the “Hidden City?” What makes it distinctive in the landscape of American cities? And why does it matter? These are the questions Hidden City Daily co-founders Peter Woodall and Nathaniel Popkin and Hidden City Festival photographer Joseph E.B. Elliott seek to answer in the new book, Philadelphia: Finding the Hidden City, published today by Temple University Press.

As the authors examine the historic reasons Philadelphia is the Hidden City, their essay and Elliott’s 110 photographs draw the reader inside, to discover the complexities and contradictions of Philadelphia’s sometimes misunderstood nature. Elliott’s photographs reveal the essence of 33 places around the city, including some hidden in plain sight. Take a journey to the Hidden City!

A full schedule of book events is HERE. Check back often as new readings, signings, and talks are being scheduled into 2018.

You can purchase the book wherever books are sold, or right here at Hidden City Mercantile (purchases here help support Hidden City Philadelphia).


About the Author

Hidden City Staff This article was produced in collaboration with the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and written by Patrick Glennon. Located at 1300 Locust Street and open to the public Tuesdays through Fridays, HSP is one of the nation’s largest archives of historical documents, with over 21 million manuscripts, books, and graphic images encompassing centuries of US history. Find upcoming public programs, start your own research project, and learn more about HSP.


  1. Linda burke says:

    I am interested in this

  2. Dave says:

    Can we purchase a book at the book signing in Kismet today?

  3. Davis says:

    Delighted to have received it as a Christmas gift!

  4. James says:

    Doylestown Bookstore does not have the book.

  5. James says:

    Have books been shipped to Doylestown Bookstore yet?

  6. Elizabeth Mosier says:

    Beautiful photos, insightful text. What a wonderful resource this book is, revealing Philadelphia anew even to long-time residents! Thank you for this treasure!

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