Tell us about your hidden gems, eyesores

In only two short months since I became managing editor of, I have had at least a dozen wonderful moments of discovery while working the waterfront.
Despite two decades of experience as a local editor at The Philadelphia Inquirer, these recent surprises introduced me to unique people, places and things I didn’t know existed along the Central Delaware riverfront.
For instance, I explored a behemoth Catholic elementary school in Kensington, bought pierogies in Port Richmond, stood on old piers in South Philadelphia, finally discovered two jewels: Independence Seaport Museum and Penn Treaty Park, figured out what the Sparks Shot Tower was all about, saw the SS United States up close, learned about the archeology of I-95 in Old City … the list goes on and on.
With that in mind, I’d like to invite all the visitors to this site to let me know about hidden gems, neat finds, even eyesores, in your community. 
We are compiling a list of points of interest by neighborhood on PlanPhilly and we need your help in identifying interesting and newsworthy places that only may be known by the local citizenry.
Think of it as design and planning detective work and join the hunt. Email me your favorite finds, photos are welcome, at

Thanks in advance,

Matt Golas  


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