Finding the Hidden City / Joseph E.B. Elliott, Nathaniel Popkin, and Peter Woodall
Philadelphia possesses an exceptionally large number of places that have almost disappeared - from workshops and factories to sporting clubs and societies, synagogues, churches, theaters, and railroad lines. The authors explore secret places in familiar locations, such as the Metropolitan Opera House on North Broad Street, the Divine Lorraine Hotel, Reading Railroad, Disston Saw Works in Tacony, and mysterious parts of City Hall. Much of the real Philadelphia is concealed behind facades. Philadelphia artfully reveals its urban secrets. Rather than a nostalgic elegy to loss and urban decline, Philadelphia exposes the city's vivid layers and living ruins. The authors connect Philadelphia’s idiosyncratic history, culture, and people to develop an alternative theory of American urbanism, and place the city in American urban history.