November 16, 2015

Thursday morning (11/12). Cold rain. Long training run. In a zone… I rounded a corner on Kelly Drive and approached my favorite Schuylkill River bridge, the Art Nouveau masterpiece Falls Bridge. Immediately, I was knocked out of my runner’s zone by the sight of many, m...

November 2, 2015

When an authority authorizes art on an outdoor wall, we call it a mural. When a person expresses him/herself with art upon a wall, without legal permission, we call it graffiti. When we see planted ivy growing upon the hallowed walls of institutions like Penn, we call...

October 28, 2015

Oh, the wonders that abound in pavement cracks. Check out the emergent life in a single vacant asphalt lot in Mantua. Fuzzy grasses blow in the wind. Bumblebees pollinate two native species of aster. The showy periwinkle of common chicory blazes boldly. This roadside w...

October 19, 2015

I love the wonders arising from urban ecology (the study of the interactions and relationships among living organisms and non-living things in the urban environment). I find human-nature interplay in the city so utterly cool that I’ve decided to write a blog about the...

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