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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.

From left: With John Co­la­belli and Spring Is­sue cover stars and Ea­gles play­ers Rod­ney Mcleod and Brent Celek at our NFL Draft cover party; the Art In­sti­tute’s Emil Dejohn (third from right) hosted some of Philly’s top fash­ion names—nigel Richards, Toi Swe

With Drexel Univer­sity Pres­i­dent John Fry at the photo shoot for this is­sue’s “Best of Style” fea­ture.

kristin det­ter­line

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