LETTER FROM THE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
It’s said that there’s no better way to get to know a city than by walking around. Travelers know this to be true—i’ve talked to countless people who take their exercise routines on the road with them, turning their earlymorning runs into sightseeing outings. But the same principle applies to anyone who has just moved to a new city, too. That was how I got to know my way around Philadelphia when I first moved here more than a decade ago, using nighttime dog walks as an excuse to explore. I usually set out north from my narrow first-floor apartment in Bella Vista, winding along every side street I could find to gawk at window boxes and all manner of stoop decorations. Closer to Washington Square West, unassuming row homes gave way to stately Federal and Georgian-style residences, all painted shutters and tidy gardens. Those were just two of the reasons I fell in love with Clinton Street on one of my earliest walks, that tree-lined, two-block stretch between Ninth and 10th streets that is somehow blissfully quiet despite being in the heart of the city. It reminds me of those streets in big-budget romantic comedies where the actors finally fall in love. I suppose pretty streets can do that to people.
I don’t get to make my nightly rounds around town quite as often as 10 years ago so this issue’s Interiors feature on a Clinton Street home that recently hit the market reminded me of how much I still adore those charming blocks. It’s the same feeling I get when working on our annual “Best of Style” feature each year, rediscovering the city’s best restaurants, nightlife, shops, spas, and cultural attractions. There’s 14 packed pages of winners—plus six notable personalities who shared their own Philly favorites--to pour over while sitting poolside this summer, along with details on new health and wellness openings in the city and suburbs in our Style and Main Line Style sections. Philadelphia is still in the midst of a retail boom—if you need proof then page through this issue’s “Shop Talk” about the latest names joining the fashion frenzy. Amid so many exciting openings, it’s worth pausing to remember that what’s old can still feel new. Even a quiet street that you haven’t walked on for a while.