Philly

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On a day like this, all the neighborhood cats stayed indoors snoozing by the heater.

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We take a brief break from admiring New Zealand in order to catch the view Friday evening from Drexel Park in West Philly, when the center city skyscrapers snagged the sunset.

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Joe and Dobby hog all the blankets.

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After devoting an entire snow day to building herself a Lego boat, Lily determines that the crowning touch will be a banana.

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Thanks to the work of this volunteer and many hundreds of others, Philadelphia got 850 new street trees on Saturday, bringing the overall regional total of trees planted to–according to the calculations of somebody or other, as of Saturday night–exactly 262,236.

The goal is a million new trees, in hopes of restoring the forest canopy area heareabouts to 30%, which would provide enough shade to significantly mitigate the urban heat-island effect and would improve air and water quality, reduce erosion and water pollution, and lessen the frequency and severity of flooding.

The tree roots at bottom right in this photo belong to a variety of maple tree that is particularly hardy in urban settings and has a growth habit suitable for its new home in the urban jungle on South 21st Street, in front of a dentist's office and across the street from a dry cleaner's.

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They're gutting yet another house in the neighborhood.

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By the sackful at Gavin's Cafe near Schuylkill River Park.

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Every Sunday afternoon on the Race Street Pier, there is of course a hula hooping dance class.

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The little Patriot tour boat chugs up the Schuylkill toward the Walnut and Chestnut Street bridges.

Visible in the lower righthand corner is construction work on a new boardwalk which will extend the Schuylkill Banks foot path and bike trail out over the river from Center City toward South Philly. "They" say the boardwalk should open in about a year.

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In the shop window of L.K. Jikson's on South 20th Street, a few blocks from Rittenhouse Square, stands a woman wearing a dress made of fabric printed in chartreuse, orange, and maroon. Click on the picture to see an enlarged view: the maroon shapes in the print are actually jet airliners.