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South Philadelphia. I have no reason to believe there are any other Chinese restaurants on Thirteen Street.

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This photo is wonderful. One of my favorites on your site.

Posted by: tomoko at January 6, 2005 12:55 AM

One of the things about Philly is that its population keeps decreasing, leaving shells of itself just abandoned all over. I know it's not true all over the city, but there are some places, especially in South Philly, where things like old supermarkets are being reclaimed by nature. Very strange.

Posted by: Jesse at January 6, 2005 08:51 AM

One of the things that always seems to frighten visitors to Philadelphia is how quickly the neighborhoods change. You can be driving along in a fairly exclusive-looking area and then within 2 blocks be in some really rundown neighborhood. South Street is a perfect example ... if you're walking away from the river, within 2 blocks of each other you have over-priced trendy shops and abandoned housing.

Posted by: Michael at January 6, 2005 09:26 AM

~I need that sign on my door (the one in the 2nd to last shot)~

Posted by: btezra at January 6, 2005 03:24 PM

Actually, 13th Street runs throught the heart of Chinatown a mile or two north of here.

Posted by: Brian at January 6, 2005 03:33 PM

excellent. i really enjoy the philly shots.

Andrew Piccone

Posted by: Andrew Piccone at January 6, 2005 03:56 PM

Shows what I know! There were certainly no Chinese restaurants near that one, though (at least a couple miles south of Chinatown).

Posted by: Mike at January 6, 2005 04:10 PM

This is my favorite set of photographs on your site so far! Keep it up!

Posted by: SpookyRach at January 7, 2005 12:37 PM

Like the man said...cities are the mess left over from people getting rich.

Posted by: DensityDuck at January 7, 2005 02:30 PM

This series captures the essence of many parts of Philly. Makes one wonder if it can survive, especially given the people in charge.

Posted by: Matt at January 7, 2005 08:53 PM

Neat site....


Posted by: Gary at January 7, 2005 10:58 PM

15th @ lombard
hey mike, small food still sucks

Posted by: enright at January 9, 2005 07:12 AM

I grew up in and around Philly and lived in Bucks County until 2002. This series definitely captures the essence of what Philly neighborhoods have sadly become. It saddens me to come back to town for a visit, and I no longer even try to venture away from the 'known good' neighborhoods.

Posted by: Andy Buck at January 17, 2005 12:28 PM

I love these pictures. I would love to see what you could do with the signs along Broad Street by Temple U. The ones that advertise, Balloons, Keys Made, Lunch Meat and Wigs all in the same store.

Posted by: Erin at January 26, 2005 10:02 AM

GREAT pics!Great perspectives!

Posted by: noodlebowl at April 23, 2005 02:03 PM


Posted by: southphilly-rep at May 24, 2005 04:57 PM

South philly is one of the most interesting areas of philadelphia! I love it.
The houses that were decaying are now being renovated into places that are liveable.

Posted by: lolo at July 29, 2005 06:19 PM

Philly is the city New York wishes it could be again. Unfortunately, as NYC becomes more gentrified and self-important it forgets what other cities look like. These photos are a pretty poor idea of what the city looks like as a whole.

Posted by: dsmann at January 24, 2006 03:23 PM

Contrary to Brian's comment, 13th doesn't really run through Chinatown. I lived blocks from China Express for 15 years and now live in Chinatown. So I can confidently say that China Express still IS the best on 13th St! Though, as your comment states, they're not seeting the bar too high... Great site!

Posted by: sophilaboy at January 25, 2006 11:40 PM

Great pictures.

Please keep in mind that Philadephia has many incredible neighborhoods. Quotes like "it makes one wonder if Philly can survive" are a bit over the top. I know every inch of Philadlephia and my assessment is that 1/3 of Philadlephia is decayed. 1/3 is your typical working class city. 1/3 is absolutely beautiful,world class, way above average.

Philadelphia's glorious early history makes not surviving an impossibility.

Posted by: scrapper at February 19, 2006 10:00 AM

i did some time in passyunk homes as a kid in the '60s.i wouldnt trade those years for the ones i spent anywhere else.

Posted by: gary bates at May 7, 2006 10:17 AM

I never knew there was a chinese store on thirteen street. South philly is the shit cuz thats where im from.All Day 2 da fullest. Been raised up in SP for 20yrs but chillin on the block a.s.a.p. All we need is alot of protection that goes with the other parts of philly cuz its to much shit goin on in this world.

Posted by: SlimphillyGirl at June 2, 2006 09:54 AM

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