South Philadelphia. I have no reason to believe there are any other Chinese restaurants on Thirteen Street.
This photo is wonderful. One of my favorites on your site.
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.
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.
~I need that sign on my door (the one in the 2nd to last shot)~
Actually, 13th Street runs throught the heart of Chinatown a mile or two north of here.
excellent. i really enjoy the philly shots.
Shows what I know! There were certainly no Chinese restaurants near that one, though (at least a couple miles south of Chinatown).
This is my favorite set of photographs on your site so far! Keep it up!
Like the man said...cities are the mess left over from people getting rich.
This series captures the essence of many parts of Philly. Makes one wonder if it can survive, especially given the people in charge.
15th @ lombard
hey mike, small food still sucks
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.
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.
GREAT pics!Great perspectives!
Fuck all yall south philly haters i LIVE IN SP AND IF YOU DONT LIVE THERE DONT TALK ABOUT IT AN i BET YOU CANT BEAT NO ONE FROM THERE
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.