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Finding the Hidden City @ Penn Book Center

November 7 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


Please join us for our first public event celebrating the publication of Philadelphia: Finding the Hidden City. Co-authors (and Hidden City Daily co-founders) Nathaniel Popkin and Pete Woodall will talk about the book’s themes and present a slideshow, with a discussion and book signing to follow. 

Philadelphia: Finding the Hidden City delves into one of America’s greatest and yet least understood cities to reveal the physical and cultural intricacies of place, from the intimate to the monumental.

Written by Hidden City Daily co-founders Nathaniel Popkin and Peter Woodall, and photographed by one of America’s most lauded architectural photographers, Joseph E.B. Elliott, the book marks out the elements of Philadelphia’s hiddenness through its vivid layers and living ruins.Rather than a nostalgic elegy to loss and urban decline, Finding the Hidden City connects Philadelphia’s particularly accretive form to its idiosyncratic history, culture, and people. By laying out these connections the authors develop an alternative theory of American urbanism to contrast with the better-understood narratives of New York and Los Angeles. The journey here is as much visual as it is literary; Joseph Elliott’s striking photographs reveal Philadelphia’s elemental beauty.

The book is available for purchase HERE.


November 7
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


The Penn Book Center
120 S. 34th St.


Pete Woodall