Wanderings: Vintage charm in old Philadelphia

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Growing up in the wide-spread cities and suburbs of the south, I have a particular fascination with the dense old cities of the north.  I like the way the all the buildings are pushed up against one another, the way green spaces are purposefully carved out and preserved, the way the evidence of several centuries of living is all piled up on top of itself and crowded together on single blocks.

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We spent an afternoon meandering around the Old City district of Philadelphia, and though I enjoy the two- and three-hundred-year-old buildings, I couldn’t help but dwell on the sprinkles of 20th century architecture and advertising scattered throughout.  In any other context, these storefronts, signs, and details would seem retro and vintage but here, in old Philadelphia, they felt amazingly modern, despite their crumbling edges and peeling paint.

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7 Comments on “Wanderings: Vintage charm in old Philadelphia

    • My pun-happy husband will be thrilled to hear that! Also, isn’t Hither and Thither the best? I just love Ashley’s photos and writing.

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  1. your sensibility and composition are super nice! i lived in philadelphia for six years and was impressed you showed me the city in a new light!

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    • Thank you! I feel like Philly has so many layers. Every time I go, I come away with a wholly different sense of the city.

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