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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Our Morning City Routine Starts Here

Back in the city, my early morning walk with Brad starts out with this view looking downtown. The huge new skyscraper will be the tallest building in the city when completed. In the distance is Philadelphia's beautiful old City Hall complex with a statue of William Penn on top at 500 feet, saved from the wrecker's ball decades ago only because it would have been too costly to demolish it. Now it's one of our treasures. The street is Pennsylvania Avenue. A hundred and ten years ago there were five or six active railroad tracks at street level at this location. About a hundred years ago, the tracks were buried below in a large tunnel. The tracks and trains are long gone save a single track that is used for freight, but the tunnel remains directly underneath this scene. Just to the right out of camera range is the Philadelphia Museum Of Art. It's about a three minutes walk from this point to Fairmount Park, the largest park in the country within the limits of any city.


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