Monthly Archives: March 2014

One Man’s Trash: Week 13 Report

WEEK 13: Carpenter’s Woods to Green Lane


Comments and photos to come.

20 golf balls
1 golf ball shell
1 pink rubber ball

1 shoe inset
1 towel (tan)
1 knit hat (Comcast)

1 thick Sharpie (black)
2 packs Newport cigarettess
1 small US flag
1 piece random fabric
1 seashell princess wristband(???)
17 cigarette butts
1 rubber band
1 piece ribbon (pink)

1 32oz jar (old)
1 12oz Bud Light Platinum
1 7oz bottle (green no label)
1 12oz bottle Smirnoff Ice
1 12oz bottle (brown no label)
1 12oz bottle Bud Light Lime
1 half broken bottle

1 napkin
1 coffee sleeve (Menthos)
1 tub Rita’s water ice
1 12oz coffee cup Wawa
1 32oz McDonald’s cup
1 wrapper Wrigley’s gum
1 7oz carton Adam & Eve organic apple juice

2 14oz cups Dunkin Donuts coffee
3 pieces random styrofoam

1 16oz bottle Wawa green tea
1 24oz Brisk lemon tea
5 16oz bottles water (no labels)
1 16oz bottle water Wave
1 6oz bottle water (no label)
1 16oz bottle water Whole Foods 365
1 16oz bottle Rosenberger’s Dairy Grabba Iced Tea
1 16oz bottle Tropicana orange juice (no pulp)
1 16oz cup (purple)
1 tub Kraft macaroni & cheese
1 tub Cesar dog food
1 16oz bottle water Acme
1 packet McDonald’s ketchup
1 wrapper Quaker chewy granola bar
1 2oz bottle BioKult
1 food tub with lid
1 coffee lid
1 spoon
3 pieces random plastic (hard green)
1 comb (pink)
1 wrapper Brown Sugar Cinnamon (generic Pop Tart?)
1 bag Herr’s potato chips
2 random bottle caps
1 bag Doritos
1 wrapper Almond Joy
1 wrapper Butterfinger
1 bag Frito Lay sunflower seeds
1 label Simply H2O water bottle
2 pouches Capri Sun (1 Pacific Cooler, 1 Surfer Cooler)
1 label Aquafina water bottle
3 coffee lids
1 piece reflector
2 wrappers Goldenberg’s Peanut Chews
1 wrapper Fla-vor-Ice
1 wrapper Butterfinger snackers
1 wrapper Game blunt
1 wrapper A Strawberry Walks Into a Bar cereal bar
1 CD shrink wrap Justin TImberlake FutureSex/LoveSounds
1 wrapper Reese’s Big Cup
1 lid Speak! Tender Beef

1 23oz Arizona Sweet Tea
1 23oz can Colt 45 grape blast(!)
1 16oz can Colt 45
2 1oz cans Busch
1 random pull tab lid
1 16oz can Schaefer (pull tab)
1 16oz can Yuengling lager
1 12oz can Yuengling lager
3 12oz cans Coors Light
1 12oz can Old Milwaukee
1 12oz can Keystone Light
1 8oz can Red Bull
2 12oz cans Mountain Dew
1 12oz can Miller Genuine Draft
3 12oz cans Miller High Life (pull tabs)
1 12oz can Coca Cola
1 12oz can A&W root beer
1 piece random foil
1 12oz can Pabst
7 12oz cans Budweiser (2 pull tabs)
1 12oz can Natural Light
1 12oz can Natural Ice

0 dog shit piles
7 dog shit bags
0 dogs on leash
0 dogs off leash

– There is one person who really likes Camel cigarettes and walks in Carpenter’s Woods. There were so many butts on the trails there.
– It was a torrential downpour so no one else was out. I mean it was POURING. Despite the rain gear I was drenched when I got to the Roxborough Foodery to hang with my dear friend Edan.
– There are a lot of golf balls next to the golf course.
– Problem areas: the west bank of Wissahickon Creek below the WPA outbuilding at Kitchens Lane; under Henry Avenue bridge at Jannette/Monastery

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⇦ WEEK 12WEEK 14 ⇨

One Man’s Trash: Week 12 Report

WEEK 12: Rex Avenue to Cedars House


Comments and photos to come.

1 20oz bottle Arizona Iced Tea
1 7oz bottle Bud Light
1 piece broken bottle (top half)

1 random piece styrofoam

2 10oz coffee cups
1 pack Stride gum
1 wrapper Wrigley’s gum
1 16oz McDonald’s cup
1 Wawa coffee sleeve
1 receipt Panera Bread (shrimp salad sandwich with tomato soup)
2 paper towels
1 flower guarantee (Robertson’s)

1 16oz can Red Bull
3 12oz cans Natural Light
2 12oz cans Pabst
1 12oz can Keystone Light

1 mylar balloon (“Get Well”)
5 red Solo cups
1 pink Solo cup
2 12oz clear water cups
1 16oz bottle (no label, Coke product)
1 23oz bottle Glaceau water
1 42oz(!) bottle Arizona sweet tea
1 23oz bottle Propel peach
1 16oz bottle soda (no label)
1 16oz bottle water Deer Park
1 16oz bottle water (no label)
1 half pint McDonald’s skim milk (seriously?)
1 half water bottle top
1 small disposable toothbrush Colgate
1 wrapper Palma blunt
1 wrapper Great Lakes string cheese
1 coffee lid
1 pill pouch CVS
1 label ShopRite water
1 wrapper Burt’s Bees throat drop
1 wrapper Mamba fruit chews
1 piece random rubber
1 McDonald’s straw
1 bag Herr’s potato chips
1 wrapper plain plastic
1 McDonald’s lid
1 wrapper Petitmam Korean “choco chip cookie”
1 bag Sun Chips garden salsa
1 small vent cover
1 wrapper Mott’s sliced apples
1 bottle seal

1 golf ball

1 mitten
2 gloves (unrelated)
1 sock

1 can Off bug spray
2 pieces random ceramic
1 pack Camel cigarettes

0 dog shit piles
7 dog shit bags
0 dogs on leash
0 dogs off leash


It was a torrential downpour so no one else was out. I mean it was POURING. Despite the rain gear I was drenched when I got to the Roxborough Foodery to hang with my dear friend Edan.

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⇦ WEEK 11WEEK 13 ⇨

One Man’s Trash: Week 11 Report

WEEK 11: Chestnut Hill Avenue to Emlen Street


Comments and photos to come.

2 12oz ans Natural Light
2 8oz can Budweiser (1 old school, pull tab)
1 15oz can Monster Rehab (uhh) (tea & lemonade & energy)
1 12oz can Coors Light
1 16oz can Dr Pepper
1 12oz can Pepsi
1 16oz can Olde English
1 12oz can Diet Pepsi (old school)

6 random pieces styrofoam

1 12oz bottle Pepsi Cola (old school, awesome)
1 12oz bottle Miller Lite
1 12oz bottle Leinenkugel (Summer Shandy)
1 12oz bottle Blue Moon

1 24oz coffee cup (Wawa)
2 12oz coffee cups (no label)
3 napkins
1 maxi pad
1 wrapper Double Bubble

3 socks (unrelated)
3 gloves (unrelated)

2 Nerf bullets
1 small can Goofy String
1 fake carnation
1 piece ribbon (blue)
1 roll electrical tape (cut)
1 piece random wire
1 piece random linoleum

1 water bottle (State Farm)
1 32oz bottle Powerade (orange, LeBron James)
1 32oz bottle Gatorade
2 20oz bottles Gatorade (1 wrapper Bluntville vanilla inside one)
1 24oz cup Dunkin Donuts
1 16oz bottle Diet Coke
1 2oz bottle 5 Hour Energy (grape)
1 16oz bottle Snapple (kiwi strawberry)
1 16oz bottle Pepsi
1 16oz bottle water (Shop Rite)
4 16oz bottles water (no labels)
1 random plastic sack
1 wrapper Entourage blunt (pink vanilla)
1 bag Baked Lays
1 wrapper Snickers
1 label Propel “water beverage”
1 wrapper Clif Kid (chocolate)
1 wrapper Nestlē Crunch
1 baq Herr’s hot cheese popcorn
1 bag Herr’s red hot potato chips
1 wrapper Quaker Chewy Dipps (???)
1 bag Nature’s Harvest multigrain bread
1 tampon applicator (purple)
2 red Solo cups (1 broken)
1 wrapper 3-pack Orbit gum (wintermint)
1 grocery bag (Giant)
1 small bottle Advil Migraine
1 shopping bag (Target)
1 grocery bag (Wawa)
10 pieces random plastic
1 wrapper Popsicle
1 wrapper Nabisco Saltines (2-pack)
1 wrapper Chun Guang coconut candy
1 random bottle cap
1 coffee lid

2 dog shit piles
7 dog shit bags
7 dogs on leash
16 dogs off leash

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⇦ WEEK 10WEEK 12 ⇨

CLASSIC SKYLINE: Conventional Philadelphian Destruction (August 07)

Classic Skyline is a semi-occasional feature that revisits stories of 21st Century Philadelphia.

Today’s comes from summer 2007, when demolition began on the 19(!) buildings that were in the way of the Pennsylvania Convention Center’s fattening. The gluttonous white elephant schlumps together three city blocks like a cheap white Band-Aid, not the missed opportunity of a green roof to exemplify Mayor Nutter’s quixotic dreams to become the greenest city in America by his last year of office. (LOL.)

It’s hideous to look at; inside and out, it looks like what Iowa City would build if it had nearly a billion taxpayer dollars to work with. And its construction inspired the least inspired building downtown, the Home2 Suites one can see so well from the second level of the Convention Center.

With demolition in 2014 Philadelphia still full speed ahead, I’m surprised my younger optimist was somewhat supportive of it. Nineteen is a lot of buildings to clear for a single project, especially when it turns out to be such a dud.

—B. Maule

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17 August 2007

If like any good attentive Philadelphian urbanist you are of the Cult of Inga, you’re surely aware the Pennsylvania Convention Center (PACC) is, after years of haggling, expanding. And if you’re a long time (pre-Erin O’Hearn) Philly Skyline reader, you’ll remember Steve Ives’ excellent look in January at the square blocks being razed to make way for that expansion.

Well the time is upon us. On Wednesday, the Convention Center authority hung a banner high on Buck’s Hardware store and ceremoniously plowed a wrecking ballthrough the effin thing.

Click to enlarge and see which buildings will be demolished.

The Convention Center’s expansion, like any controversy worth its salt, is a two-sided story. But, very generally speaking, it’s a good thing, extremely so for the overburdened local hotel industry.

As the PBJ reported last week, as many as 26 (twenty-six) new hotels could pop up as a result of the $700M (seven hundred million) expansion. As a result of the expansion, our Convention Center will jump up to 14th largest of its kind in the country, and perhaps more notably, be the largest in the mid-Atlantic region, larger than New York’s Javits Center and larger than the expanded Washington DC Convention Center.

When it’s finished in 2010 (which is less than three years away … wow, it’s gonna be fun to review the first decade of the new millennium and see all the top ten lists and see how it stacks up against the 20s and 60s), the Pennsylvania Convention Center will have over a million square feet of saleable space. Some of the larger convention centers in the country — Las Vegas, Orlando, Honolulu — are in cities that live and die on their tourism, but then cities like Boston and Chicago have their acts a little more together and host larger convention centers than ours.

Whatever the case, when it all shakes out, the expanded PACC will likely be viewed with a positive impact, its hohum architecture aside. The expos alone should be a cash cow for Center City, and a healthy hotel industry makes for a happy downtown.

The down side is relatively minor: the 20 buildings we are losing to make way for it. There isn’t anything of particular historical significance, but there are some nice buildings — the Gilbert Building (former home to Vox Populi), the Metzger Building, Mitchell/Giurgola’s bank on Broad Street — that it’ll be sad to see go.

As with the one above, click this photo to enlarge it and see which buildings are going.

None among them, though, is as . . . cute? contextual? as the Firehouse at 1328 Race Street. The station built in 1925 was one of the central locations for the Philadelphia Fire Department for several decades. The small structure features six gargoyles which a little Skyline birdie told me will be saved and displayed at PACC.

But again, on the whole, it’s hard to think of PACC’s expansion as anything but an upgrade (architecture aside). Save for nights with Vox openings and specials at Edward’s Adult Bookstore, the area was one of Center City’s dead zones. And where the exterior of the expansion is pretty bland, the all important Broad Street side has a nice glass wall that transitions the pedestrian into a large, well lit open space on the way to the money making bowels.

Some further reading about the Pennsylvania Convention Center’s expansion:

• Blowing Up the Convention Center Neighborhood: Inga’s continued coverage of the expansion, with links to previous columns about same
• Expansion Is Here!: PACC’s official web site
• If the Convention Center expands: Phillyblog discussion
• Buildings at Stake: A 2006 Daily News diagram of the buildings slated for demo

One Man’s Trash: Week 10 Report

WEEK 10: Allens Lane & Lincoln Drive to Hartwell Lane

Comments and photos to come.


1 box 7-Eleven Big Bite
1 box Klondike ice cream sandwiches (Mrs Fields)
1 10oz coffee cup (generic)
1 box Black & Mild blunts (wine flavor)

2 16oz BodyArmor drink (tropical citrus and fruit punch)
1 16oz bottle water (no label)
1 16oz bottle water (Nestlē Pure Life)
1 heart shaped box (bottom half)
1 label Deer Park bottled water

1 20oz Java Classics cup

1 12oz can Natural Ice
1 12oz can Milwaukee’s Best
1 12oz can Budweiser
1 12oz can Miller Lite
1 12oz can Michelob (pull tab)

1 knit hat
1 mitten

1 pen
1 furry blue thing

5 dog shit piles
2 dog shit bags
11 dogs on leash
21 dogs off leash

1 dead mouse
1 tire on high rock formation on right side of Cresheim

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⇦ WEEK 9WEEK 11 ⇨