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My Favorite Place: Smith Memorial Playground

My Favorite Place: Smith Memorial Playground

June 13, 2014  |  City Life

It's like a slide in your dreams, the 44-feet-long by 12-feet-wide slope of hard maple at Smith Memorial Playground that's been around since 1905. Small wonder this remarkable place is someone's favorite spot in town > more

On 60th Street, Sowing The Seeds Of Rebirth

On 60th Street, Sowing The Seeds Of Rebirth

April 24, 2014  |  City Life

The first decade of the 21st Century was harsh on West Philadelphia's 60th Street. As the much-needed reconstruction of the 100-year-old Market-Frankford Line dragged on, businesses closed and people left. But now, a coalition of invested neighbors have high hopes for the corridor's renaissance. Theresa Stigale meets with many of the people bringing 60th Street back to life in this photo essay > more

My Favorite Place: Eastern State Penitentiary

My Favorite Place: Eastern State Penitentiary

March 14, 2014  |  City Life, Uncategorized

Work in your favorite place? Sure, if your job's at a historic prison in a state of fabulous decay. Director of Tours Fran Dolan takes us behind the scenes to some of Eastern State's secret spots > more

Taste Life In The Moment

Taste Life In The Moment

November 1, 2013  |  City Life

How long and hard have you given thought to olive oil? Joe Brin asked himself that when he stumbled on and stumbled into Cardenas Olive Oil and Vinegar Taproom, the new specialty shop in the Italian Market > more

Urban Fish Tale

Urban Fish Tale

June 24, 2013  |  City Life

The two- and three-story row buildings at Seventh and Dickinson are prototypical South Philly. One small business on the block, peddling domesticated fish imported from Asia and South America, is anything but typical. Joe Brin walks the walk to profile Giant Aquarium and its owner Thin Tham > more