My name is Conrad Benner. I was born and raised in the Fishtown neighborhood of Philadelphia, PA. (My dad went to the Barbary when it was a strip club.) As a kid I wanted to be a bus driver, then a priest, then an architect, but somewhere along the line I wound up a blogger/photographer/all around very curious fellow. I started blogging when I was twenty-one, doing a little gossipy night-life weekly, very briefly, for Philebrity.com. But, if you knew me before Streets Dept, chances are you knew me as Philthy Blog (now Philthy Mag,) where for about three years I blogging about anything that struck a cord in me, from politics to fashion to music and, of course, to street art. Street art won my heart over the years, but I’m still pretty opinionated about a lot of other stuff. Outside of Streets Dept, I work full-time as a social media community manager and strategy for a local ad agency.
About Streets Dept:
Talking about my blog one day, which unfortunately(?) I do quite often, a good friend told me that the really interesting thing about me was that I’m much more of a reporter than a blogger. She told me that the great difference between me and other bloggers in Philly was that I didn’t just recycle news, but that I went out on the streets and discovered things. And I think that’s a pretty fair assessment of me and of what I do. I take my camera, I walk around the city, and I find things on the streets of Philadelphia that are interesting: street art, a nice sunset, abandoned spaces . . . but mostly street art. Then I report back to you on what I’ve found. It’s simple, everything on this blog (for the most part) is completely original. That’s the difference. And I hope that’s why you choose to keep coming back here.