Inexplicably, a phonebooth stands at the corner of 15th and Snyder in South Philadelphia. I haven’t seen one in years and suddenly coming upon one was surprising if not startling. Sadly, the receiver was vandalized so no, it was not functioning. The folding glass door was long gone, too.
I took this late afternoon snapshot of the plants in Louis I. Kahn Park. Hard to picture that a ten story apartment building, The Gladstone once stood where this intimate little park is now. The building was demolished in 1971, and the park was dedicated to the memory of Mr. Kahn, an architect who lived nearby. If you’re ever in the vicinity of 11th and Pine, it’s a terrific spot to people watch!
We at Willceau Illo News celebrate the 200th anniversary of poet Walt Whitman’s birth with one of the stranger sculptures dedicated to the man. This bizarre Zardoz/Planet of the Apes head of Whitman adorns the entrance of the Whitman Shopping Plaza in South Philadelphia. Old Walt’s got a few statues around town and a bridge named after him, but this is the weirdest.