Come join an intrepid team of American investigative history street scourers as they voyage from one major American symbol to next: Liberty! Freedom! Prisons. Human rights abuses. Bad art. You think you know America? Well, wait til you see America.
Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, Drew Barrymore, Federal Detention Center
Start in front of Independence Hall, roughly a block from the SEPTA station at 5th and Market (the blue Market-Frankford line).
Places to stop along the way:
The end of the route is only a few blocks from Chinatown and the Reading Terminal Market. Continue along Arch St.
Best time of day:
During the day, so you are accompanied by regular tourists and the horses that prey on them.
Don't get sucked in. Keep perspective. Remember to look critically at all art and history: nothing is objective or pure, not even these precautions. Be careful of cars.
This route explores the north central Philadelphia waterfront, focusing on what remains of this historic locale after the installation of Interstate I-95 in the 1970s, and relating (among other things) how early Quaker settlors lived in caves... More»