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– photo by Mitch Waxman

The return to 30th Street Station section of my March 7th trip to Philadelphia took the form of a “photowalk” rather than the sort of “composed” photos which I’d been capturing most of the day. What that means is that I had a vague idea of where my destination was, but no route. This carried me through several mixed use and residential neighborhoods along the way.

Looks a lot like Bushwick used to look like, I thought.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Disturbingly, observed evidence along my route suggested that I’m not the only resident of Queens to have visited Philadelphia recently.

Could the Queens Cobbler be operating here as well? Is this where the Cobbler disappeared to during the pandemic months? Can’t be…

– photo by Mitch Waxman

The fires of gentrification, fueled by locally grown wood and spewing artisinal smoke, burn hotly in Philadelphia – I’m told. Real Estate, real estate. Notice the signage on this construction project promising “Luxury Living” alongside the elevated expressway.

What a view, huh?

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Ok, this was when it started to get weird. It can’t be, can it?

Given that it was “rush hour” while I was heading to the presumptive west, I just kept on walking.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

There’s lovely historic architecture everywhere you look in Philadelphia. Again, one of the weird things for me as a New Yorker was a paucity of street level shops. No bodegas to be found, but I did eventually find a 711 storefront, where I snagged a coffee and a bottle of Gatorade to boost my fading energy. All told, according to the phone, I had covered about ten miles over the course of the day. A tiny corner of a huge city.

Scuttling, forever scuttling, I continued on my way.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

What the hell, Philadelphia?

The Queens Cobbler and I seem to haunt the same corridors.

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Written by Mitch Waxman

May 5, 2022 at 11:00 am

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