Mind the gap (and the orange cones)

Posted on 22 July 2016 by Mike Lyons

Car in ditch

There’s a lot of road construction going out there right now. That means the occasional closed street and detour – and lots of orange cones. This driver found out what can happen if you ignore the cones along 45th Street near Walnut, where crews are replacing pipes.


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How about those Stroll lines?

Posted on 18 September 2015 by

Dollar Strolls always bring huge crowds to Baltimore Avenue looking for $1 specials from neighborhood restaurants and other businesses, but last night was something absolutely crazy. Reader Marshall Ledger sent us this panoramic photo with the following commentary:

“Two lines to Desi [Village] (its tables of samosas, pakoras, and mango lassi on the left): one stretching to and past Melville, the other up toward 46th Street, past Renata’s Kitchen (tables of croissants, chocolate cookies, and sodas on the right).”

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“Mystical” sunset: Post-thunderstorm sky and Northern Lights

Posted on 24 June 2015 by

If you missed the incredibly colorful sunset last night check out the photos below. What we witnessed is rare mammatus clouds (sagging pouch-like structures, an indication that a severe thunderstorm has passed) lit up by the Northern Lights (Aurora borealis). The color of the sky changed from yellow to orange to red to purple within minutes.



“People throughout the city stopped to witness the incredible sunset post storm. Cars were pulled over. Photographers were lined up the Walnut Street Bridge. Pedestrians on camera phones were snapping the incredible evening hues. The best way to describe the sunset? Mystical.” – Photo and quote by reader Veronica Alvarez

By the way, there will be another chance to see the Northern Lights tonight. Here‘s some more information.

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Severe thunderstorm passes through; huge tree down on Osage Ave

Posted on 23 June 2015 by


How is everyone doing after the summer’s first severe thunderstorm? Reports are coming in of power outages in some parts of the city and outside of it, but so far no such reports in our area. SEPTA suspended service on all regional rails because of downed wires and tree limbs. The Route 10 Trolley was temporarily suspended due to a downed tree that blocked the rails.

This huge tree fell on the 4600 block of Osage Avenue within five minutes after the storm started, according to West Philly Local reader reports. The tree narrowly missed houses and parked cars, and luckily no one was hurt. A reader named Lisa, who took the photo, says there is some damage to her garden.

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Memorial Day flags at The Woodlands

Posted on 25 May 2015 by Mike Lyons


A good way to get down to what Memorial Day is really about is to take a quiet stroll through The Woodlands today. Over the weekend flags were placed at the dozens and dozens of soldiers’ gravestones, some of which date back to the Revolutionary War (Photo by West Philly Local).

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Saturday in the park

Posted on 11 May 2015 by Mike Lyons

May Fair

This youngster found a friend Saturday at the Spruce Hill Community Association‘s May Fair in Clark Park. The petting zoo, which included a llama (maybe an alpaca), a large selection of goats and some peculiar poultry-like creatures, was a big hit.

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