Shoes on power lines: what they mean and how to remove them

    For some they’re a symbol of carefree youth; For other, they’re a subtle note of a changing neighborhood. Regardless, a Southwest Center City residents wants them gone. They’re shoes on a power line.

    A conversation on Philadelphia Speaks reveals many creative (and dangerous) ways to remove the shoes, which member “Lex Plozhen” says PECO refuses to move from the power line.

    This particular pair of shoes is an assumed nod to a drug intersection and not just the discarded footwear of kid with good aim.

    Feed the Feed: What are the shoes on your neighborhood power lines used for, and have you ever removed a pair?

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