CityLove: Tour Philadelphia by Instagram

By Grant Stevens

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It’s Friday at Love Park … #Lomo-fi — @digitaldave, David Ford

For our next installment of CityLove, we’re headed to The City of Brotherly Love: Philadelphia. In addition to our blog series, we’ll be doing in-person events June 14-20 in the city. If you’re in town, we hope you’ll join us!

Regardless, we wanted to spread the Philly warm-n-fuzzies to you virtually. For the past few weeks, we’ve been asking our followers to tag their photos with #CityLovePHL. Below we’ve chosen some of our favorites — and we think they’ll become your favorites, too.

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#Philadelphia #trains #transportation #travel — @eschrantz, Emma Schrantz

When the Saving Places team travels to Philadelphia, we take Amtrak through the stunning 30th Street Station. Designed by Chicago architecture firm Graham, Anderson, Probst & White, our favorite part of the station is the stunning Art Deco interior, including a ceiling painted gold, red, and cream.

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Here’s another captures from my #photowalk around the city on this beautiful evening. I am in love with this picture, heres why. Yes, the sunset was amazing today but take a close look at the building and the #reflection is actually the Comast building is standing tall and proud (which is a mile away back behind me). This photo doesn’t do it justice bit trust me it was gorgeous! — @thefif5thelement

Fairly close to the station is another, more modern Philly Landmark: Cira Centre, which stands at 437 feet tall. Completed in 2005, Cira Centre is a silver, glass-wall skyscraper designed to be seen from all sides. Because of its design, it has a different shape depending on one’s vantage point.

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#citylovephl #savingplaces — @marty_mcfly_88, Matt DiGennaro

The iconic Philly skyline we know today was radically different not too long ago. Philadelphia City Hall, which is seen on far left of this photo, was the tallest building in Philadelphia until the construction of One Liberty Place (1984-1987), ending an informal “gentleman’s agreement” that limited the height of buildings in the city.

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#easternstatepenitentiary – @armenian_princess28, Christina McFadden

Eastern State Penitentiary, which is part of our CityLove line-up of events, was an active prison from 1829-1971, housing notorious criminals such as Al Capone in its innovative wagon-wheel design. Now a National Historic Landmark, it was opened to the public as a historic site in 1994.

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#railparkphilly gearing up for fall. — @maillieable, Liz Maillie

The 1893 Reading Viaduct and the 1900 City Branch — which was once one of the most heavily industrialized rail corridors in the world — are also part of our CityLove tours. The nonprofit organization Friends of the Rail Park are working them into a 3-mile-long elevated, below-grade, and through-tunnel signature park in Philadelphia.

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Germantown Ave.@durt_vonnegut

This stretch of Germantown Avenue in North Philadelphia was part of the Philly Painting project in 2012. Spearheaded by the Dutch artist duo Hass & Hahn, who spent eight months in the neighborhood, people were hired and trained to paint 50 storefront buildings, using more than 1,000 gallons of paint.

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Can’t. Stop. Instagramming. #philly #igers_philly #myview #comcastcenter #skyline — @kslaw214, Kimberly Stainslaw

We admire two things about this photo: first, the iconic Philadelphia row houses juxtaposed with the modern Comcast Center tower in the background, and second, the fact that Kimberly posts photographs on Instagram nonstop.

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Work by @steveespopowers@austinxc04

Started as an anti-graffiti mural program in 1986, the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program is now an artistic powerhouse. One of its most popular projects is Steve Power’s Love Letter, which is composed of 50 murals reaching from 45th to 63rd Street along the Market Street corridor. One small piece is pictured here.

Check back next week for an update on CityLove events in Philadelphia!

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