Friday, February 19, 2010

Havertown during the first blizzard

On February 5, 2010, the Philadelphia region was hit with their second blizzard of the season.  During the beginning of this storm I drove around Havertown to various locations to see the effect the snow was having on local residents, and some of the local areas that typically see a lot of people on a normal day with out snow.  The football field at Haverford Middle School is not just for football games.  The track that circles the perimeter is usually always filled with local residents keeping in shape and the local middle school and high school use the field for more than just football.  Practices for multiple sports are held on this field as well as boy's and girl's soccer games, field hockey and a number of other sports are played on this field.  Also the Beechwood train stop for Septa's 100 line is a typically busy pick up and drop off point.  The parking lots are usually filled with cars but not on this night.  The streets of Havertown were beginning to die down around 8pm when I started to photograph this southwestern suburb of Philadelphia.  The town was in for a lot of snow and it seemed that everyone headed in doors to wait it out.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Philly A to Z

For my Philadelphia A to Z assignment I gave 26 friends a different letter of the alphabet and asked for what they thought about Philadelphia in regards to their letter.  

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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Mapping Lombard Street

All along Lombard these driveway posts with horse heads protect the buildings from being inadvertently hit by vehicles.  This photo was taken around 12:25pm Friday, February 5th, 2010.

Monday, February 1, 2010

12 at Independence Mall

James Giberson has lived in Collingswood N.J. for the last 15 years while working in Philadelphia.
Favorite thing about Philly:  "Cheesesteaks."
Least favorite:  "Cab Drivers."

Nick Ianelli has been in the Philadelphia are for the last month, living in Berks County and working at Independence Mall.
Favorite thing about Philly:  "I would say it is the social life."
Least favorite:  "I guess it would be the traffic."

Christopher Brooks, has lived in Philadelphia his entire life, specifically the Erie Ave. section of North Philadelphia.
Favorite thing about Philly:  "I would say job security, I have never had a problem finding a job in Philadelphia."
Least favorite:  "The worst thing would be the crime.  Parents not raising their children the way they should, not teaching them responsibility and not taking responsibility for their child's actions.  Parents should be punished as well as the kids."

Moritz and Susanne Ritter are natives of Germany.  Moritz has lived in Philadelphia for the last six months having moved from Toronto.  His mother Susanne is visiting for the next couple of weeks from Germany.
Favorite thing about Philly (Moritz):  "The location and the fact that it is a big city."
Least Favorite (Moritz):  "Not as clean as Toronto."
Favorite thing about Philly (Susanne):  "The mixture of the old and the modern, and of course, visiting my son."
Least favorite (Susanne):  "Nothing at the moment."

Marta Pasotto, does not live in the city, she is from Italy and is visiting with friends for a couple of months from the University of Pennsylvania.
Favorite thing about Philly:  "It is the people."
Least favorite:  "The weather, it is very cold."

Will Horoschak, does not live in the city, he resides in Francisville Pa.
Favorite thing about Philly:  "It is one of the few big cities that is really livable, affordable, it is hard to do that in New York City without making a lot of money.  That and Kelly Drive, going for a run or a nice walk."
Least favorite:  "The trash in the streets."

Margaret "Mickey" Brown, has lived in Philadelphia for the last 20 years.
Favorite thing about Philly:  "Hahahahahahahaha."
Least favorite:  "Hahahahahahahah."

Karen Jacobsen, has lived in Philadelphia since 1973
Favorite thing about Philly:  "I like the people and the size of the city, it is easily accessible and I like the mix of the old with the new."
Least favorite:  "The rudeness and inconsiderateness of some people in the city."

William DeRainey, has lived in Philadelphia for his entire life, 59 years to be exact.
Favorite thing about Philly:  "I love Philadelphia, I love the United States spirit."
Least favorite:  "I don't like swimming because I can't."

Beth Treisner, has lived in Chester County for the last four years, was in the city to meet a friend.
Favorite thing about Philly:  "I like the fact that it has the plusses of NYC but in a smaller package."
Least favorite:  "The Philadelphia Parking Authority."

Sara Finne, has lived in Philly for the last seven years, originally from Long Island.
Favorite thing about Philly:  "The food, good food at a bar or a Jose Garces restaurant, just really great food."
Least favorite:  "The trash in my neighborhood."