Art of Running, Part XIII – Philly Run, Peripheral Vision

Photos I’ve posted from past Philly runs have included the usual suspects–the Art Museum, Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Waterworks, City Hall, and many of the murals and sculptures around the city. Sorting through all of my morning run photos, I realized I’ve overlooked the ordinary, everyday sites that, I believe, provide a broader view of a diverse city. These photos, I believe, capture a deeper, more eclectic vibe of Philadelphia. So I’ve taken off my blinders and posted a Philly run, peripheral vision below.

One of two Gargoyle sculptures that sit over the doorway to Eastern State Penitentiary.

One of two Gargoyle sculptures that sit over the doorway to Eastern State Penitentiary.

Stone walls of Eastern State Penitentiary at 20th & Fairmount Street. Famous inmates included Al Capone and Willie Sutton. Today is one of the most notable haunted houses for Halloween.

Stone walls of Eastern State Penitentiary at 20th & Fairmount Street. Famous inmates included Al Capone and Willie Sutton. Today the former prison is one of the most notable haunted houses in the country for Halloween.

Divine Lorraine Hotel at Broad & Fairmount Street opened its doors in 1894. The vacant building was bought by a developer in 2012, but no firm plans have announced for its redevelopment.

Divine Lorraine Hotel at Broad & Fairmount Streets opened its doors in 1894. The vacant building was bought by a developer in 2012, but firm plans for redevelopment have yet to materialize.

Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park built as the art gallery for the 1876 Centennial Exposition. Home of the Please TouchMuseum, the building has had many uses in its long history.

Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park, built as the art gallery for the 1876 Centennial Exposition. Home of the Please Touch Museum, the building has had many uses in its long history.

Smith Civil War Memorial in Fairmount Park, one gateway to Memorial Hall.

Smith Civil War Memorial in Fairmount Park, one gateway to Memorial Hall.

Fresco exposed during demolition of the African Methodist Episcopal Church at 11th and Mt. Vernonn Streets.

Fresco exposed during demolition of the African Methodist Episcopal Church at 11th and Mt. Vernon Streets.

Bronze Raven sculpture outside the Edgar Allen Poe House at 7th & Green Streets.

Bronze Raven sculpture outside the Edgar Allen Poe House at 7th & Green Streets.

America's First Lagar in Northern Liberties neighborhood. In the 20th Century, Philadelphia was home to many of the countries largest breweries. Today's craft brewery renaissance include Yards, Philadelphia Brewing Company, Yards and many brew pubs.

America’s First Lager in Northern Liberties neighborhood. In the 20th Century, Philadelphia was home to many of the countries largest breweries. Today’s craft brewery renaissance include Yards, Philadelphia Brewing Company, Dock Street and many brew pubs.

The Irish Center, home of the Commodore Barry Society off of Lincoln Drive in Germantown.

The Irish Center, home of the Commodore Barry Society off of Lincoln Drive in Germantown.

The striking gold dome of the Ukrainian Catholic Church at 8th & Brown Street

The striking gold dome of the Ukrainian Catholic Church at 8th & Brown Street

Arched walkway at JFK Boulevard & Filbert Street across from City Hall.

Arched walkway at JFK Boulevard & Filbert Street across from City Hall.

Eclectic barber shop in Ridge Avenue.

Eclectic barber shop in Ridge Avenue.

Colorful corner house on Ridge Avenue.

Colorful corner property on Ridge Avenue.

Mosiac over arched gateway on South Street.

Mosaic over arched gateway on South Street.

Street art walkway--glass, metal, stone, sculpture, concrete--on South Street.

Street art walkway–glass, metal, stone, sculpture, concrete–on South Street.

Railroad bridge in my former neighborhood of Tacony.

Railroad bridge in my former neighborhood of Tacony.

Rubble of the Tin Brick, a longshoreman pub on Water Street in Fishtown.

Rubble of the Tin Brick, a longshoremen pub on Water Street in Fishtown.

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About Jim Brennan

Jim is a Philadelphia-based writer, author, poet and editor for the Schuylkill Valley Journal.
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5 Responses to Art of Running, Part XIII – Philly Run, Peripheral Vision

  1. Sophie33 says:

    What a lovely post, Jim! You have shown us here beautiful & not so beautiful shots in the daily life of Philadelphia. Thank you!

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  2. LB says:

    Jim, this is an awesome post! You were right on target with your desire to show the diversity of Philadelphia. That penitentiary. The Divine Lorraine Hotel (the name alone makes me want to stay there!).That street art walkway. The mosaic, the graffiti, the Cuts Dat Flo! Very much enjoyed seeing diverse Philly through your eyes.

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    • Jim Brennan says:

      LB, your comments are as thoughtful as your Life on the Bike blog. And then there is an entire history about each of the pictures you mention that could fill an entire post.

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