Philadelphia “Dead Space” Nomination: Exploring Graffiti Pier

by Zachary Roumaya Along the Delaware River in the Port Richmond section of North Philadelphia, Pier 18 stands unused and brightly covered in vast murals of street art and graffiti. A destination for street writers, local inhabitants, fishermen and hikers, the area has been lovingly dubbed as Graffiti Pier. According to this Philly Mag article, the property has been owned by rail service provider, Conrail, since the mid-1970s. The … Continue reading Philadelphia “Dead Space” Nomination: Exploring Graffiti Pier

12 Hidden Gems in Philly’s Parks & Recreation

by George Matysik As a lifelong Philadelphian, I’m always thrilled to see the amazing public space revival we’ve had in Center City. Spruce Street Harbor, Sister Cities Park, Race Street Pier, and countless others have recently shown Philadelphians what can be possible with adequate investment in our public space. But I’ve always held a special affinity for those community spaces not grabbing the headlines. The “hidden gems” that are known by near neighbors … Continue reading 12 Hidden Gems in Philly’s Parks & Recreation

Public Pools Take it to the Next Level with Swim Philly

by Eric McGarity The City of Brotherly Love, with its 70 outdoor public pools, has some cool new updates hitting the public pool scene this summer. After the enormous success of last year’s Francisville Pop-Up Pool Project, thanks to help of the Knight Foundation, a North Philly public pool was decked out with palm trees, wooden chaise lounges, umbrellas, and other retro décor. The Parks and … Continue reading Public Pools Take it to the Next Level with Swim Philly