And the award for ‘Excellent Buff Skillz’ goes to…
LOVE this! New piece by YOMI-T.G.M.B. on 2nd street in Northern Liberties poking fun at the notoriously poor buff jobs you see around the city.
I mean, if you’re going to buff an abandoned house/factory, at least make it look good. This seems particularly weak. Did they seriously just give up half way?!
Step 1: Have the passion and means to create positive change in your neighborhood.
Step 2: (As Indy Hall famously says…) Just Fucking Do It.
This past weekend, I had the pleasure of meeting Jake Liefer, a young, inspired Philadelphian among many in the city right now. Jake recently purchased an abandoned milk depot in his old neighborhood of Brewerytown. He purchased the building at a sheriff’s sale with the goal restoring it to its former glory and possibly turning it into housing.
The building takes up a decent chunk of an otherwise residential street and has been abandoned for many years. Over those years, sadly, it appears that it may have been used to raise and train dogs for fighting. As Jake walked me through the space, he pointed my attention to two smaller inclosed rooms where I saw a number of dog bowls, animal crates, scratches on the walls, and even animal bones. (I have, for obvious reasons, decided not to post these photos.)
Details on the restoration are slim at this point. The sale JUST happened, and Jake is currently looking at the building with inspectors to determine the feasibility of restoring the building, but the excitement and drive are there!
As I recently wrote, about the restoration of the Goldtex Building last week, I think architectural gems like this little milk depot are what help to make Philadelphia a special place to live and work. We have an amazing history. As TEDxPhilly reminded us last year, we were once (and are becoming again) the Workshop of the World. When we can, I think we should be saving these old buildings and finding new uses for them. And that’s just what Jake is trying to do!
Another plus? While the building is going through its inspections and (hopefully) restoration, Jake will be working with me to find artists to install work on the outside of the space. But more on that soon. In the meantime…
Talking about young, inspired Philadelphians trying to save Philly spaces, check out Lindsey Scannapieco’s vision for South Philadelphia’s abandoned Bok School HERE.
And as always, find more explorations into Abandoned Philadelphia HERE!
Happy First Friday y’all,
SOOOO excited to finally announce this… For the first time ever – I am going to start selling limited-edition prints of some of my photos on a rotating monthly basis!
This has truly been a long time coming. With 2015 marking the 4th anniversary of StreetsDept.com, I have been asked many times over the years if I ever sell prints of my photos. And while I have done so a handful of times on an individual basis, up until today I have never offered prints of my work.
How It Will Work:
Every First Friday I will release a limited-edition themed set of select prints that will only be available for purchase for that month. Once the month is up, those prints will no longer be sold and another set of limited-edition prints will be available. The first collection I’m releasing today is called the ‘Instagram Favorites Collection #1,’ and it consist of 6 of my most requested photos for printing.
Why So Inexpensive?
As a Philadelphia-based photographer, I am immeasurably inspired by Zoe Strauss. And one of the things I love most about how she got her work out to people was that she offered inexpensive prints of her work to anyone who wanted to own one. I want to offer a similar value to people looking to own my photos. So, I’m going to offer my prints at the most reasonable price I can (considering I will be doing all the printing, packing and shipping myself.)
Future collections will include larger prints that will (obviously) cost a little more money, but I wanted to kick this all off with prints I think most of the people who like my work will love at prices almost anyone can afford.