Love Note #85: Bob Bruhin loves the tiny green space beside Noble Street at the Reading Viaduct in Callowhill


Today Eyes on the Street continues our Philly Love Notes collaboration with a note appreciating the Reading Viaduct spur at Noble Street.

Love Note #85: Bob Bruhin loves the tiny green-space beside Noble Street at the Reading Viaduct in Callowhill
Bob Bruhin | by Karen Schlechter (c) 2011
(Bob Bruhin | by Karen Schlechter (c) 2011)

  • Favorite Spot: Noble Street viaduct, above 13th Street
  • Neighborhood: Callowhill (aka Callowhill Industrial Historic District, aka The Eraserhood)
  • Address: 1300 Noble Street
  • I am: A web developer, photographerblogger, and graphic designer obsessed by urban landscapes, especially depicting classic industrial architecture.
  • Years in Philly: 22 years
  • Current home: Mt. Airy
by Bob Bruhin
(by Bob Bruhin)

My love note:

Dear Reading Viaduct:

I love, so much, the part of you I have come to know already. The tiny green-space beside Noble Street, in the shadow of the Lasher Building and the Terminal Commerce Center, first woke me to the faded industrial glories of the neighborhood I now affectionately call the Eraserhood. This is why I still visit at least once a week to eat lunch and look at the vista of the surrounding neighborhood. I feel this is one of the best places to come to appreciate the rugged beauty of the Callowhill Industrial Historic District, commemorating Philadelphia’s former industrial might.

I only hope someday the dream of expanding this tiny green space in to a full-fledged Reading Viaduct Park is realized!

I love that I can buy an excellent sandwich down on 13th Street at Cafe Lift, or from a cart around the corner on Broad Street — too! You make my lunchtime complete!!

Love, Bob Bruhin

by Bob Bruhin
(by Bob Bruhin)



Philly Love Notes is a collection of reminders. There is too much in the city that is forgotten or overlooked. Philly Love Notes seeks to rediscover those places — to remind the city, and us, that it is loved.  Want to share your favorite spot? Drop Philly Love Notes an email with your idea.

Eyes on the Street has teamed up with Philly Love Notes to feature especially plannerdly love notes about places in Philly on this blog. So far we’ve shared love notes about bikes at Rittenhouse Squarea walk through Ed Bacon’s greenwaysPenn Treaty ParkDrexel Park, and Wayne Mills

This piece originally appeared on Philly Love Notes on October 9, 2012.


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