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Philadelphia possesses an exceptionally large number of places that have almost disappeared—from workshops and factories to sporting clubs and societies, synagogues, churches, theaters, and railroad lines. In Philadelphia: Finding the Hidden City, urban observers Nathaniel Popkin and Peter Woodall uncover the contemporary essence of one of America’s oldest cities. Working ...more
Hardcover, 200 pages
Published October 13th 2017 by Temple University Press
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BJ  Brown
Dec 30, 2017 rated it liked it
There is so much more to Philadelphia's history than the now-Disney-fied 18th century. Hidden City makes legible the clues to it that are hidden in plain sight as I walk the blocks of my new city. I'm sure I'll be pulling this off the shelf again and again to linger over Woodall's beautiful images.
James Bracciante
Mar 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ultimately, I learned quite a few tidbits about Philadelphia from this book. However, I felt like it barely scratched the surface of an extremely interesting topic and was more of a sampler of the much more comprehensive Hidden City website. I hope more books like this are published about Philadelphia, as there is much more to the city than what is included here. The nicest parts of the book are the beautiful high quality photos of things like the Wannamaker Organ. Ultimately a quick read, and a ...more
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Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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I'm originally from one of the boroughs of Philadelphia. When I visit family, I notice the old buildings, the faded advertising, and other pieces of the past.

I've wondered why there are grave stones near the Betsy Ross bridge. This book solved the mystery. When monument cemetery was moved, unclaimed markers were repurposed as erosion control on the river bank at this bridge.

Philadelphia has a long and fascinating history. I'm glad the authors have been documenting the hidden aspects.
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In his work as a writer and editor of fiction, nonfiction, film, criticism, and journalism, Nathaniel Popkin explores memory and loss: urban and historical change, architectural palimpsests, ecological grief, and the struggle for the democratic ideal.

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