Top Secret Facility Tour + Series of Fortunate Events

Top Secret Facility Tour + Series of Fortunate Events

Many years ago, I started hearing tales of a super secret command center where Philadelphia’s public transportation service – Septa – monitors all their bus, train, light rail, subway, el and trolley routes. I heard of giant live boards with various lights and blips and other fancy, complicated devices. As

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Mummers Pissing on Abandoned Homes

Mummers Pissing on Abandoned Homes

I was digging around the archives today when I found a few charming Mummers photos. These are from 2008… long before those abandoned homes were demolished and there was a midrise condo/upscale Indian restaurant in that vacant lot. Enjoy:            

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Photo of Day: Toys “R” Us

Photo of Day: Toys “R” Us

Once, Toys “R” Us was the happiest place on earth. All the toys, the giraffe, etc. A few years ago, I stopped into the Aramingo Ave TRU a few days before Christmas. The magic had worn off. Even the kids were angry. Were there always discarded chicken bones on the

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Copying Walker Evans: time marches on…

Copying Walker Evans: time marches on…

This weekend I’m finally getting around to doing a few things… like fixing the admin side of this site so I can post on it… and digging through old photos. It’s interesting and revealing sifting back through all that, but only to me. Here’s something with a potentially wider appeal.

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Stone Mountain

Stone Mountain

In December I visited Georgia’s famed Confederate Memorial, Stone Mountain. Carved into the granite is a relief sculpture of the much celebrated traitors Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson and Jefferson Davis. The mountain used to be a pilgrimage spot for the KKK, but from what it said in the museum,

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