Meandering with MikeK in Forgotten Bottom

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Meandering with Mike K in Forgotten Bottom

This is a small neighborhood with a distinct history separated from Greys Ferry by the train tracks and I-76.

We will meet at the Dunkin Donuts on 34th street.

I will be taking the 64 bus from 46th st stop on the EL. It runs along Greys Ferry Ave.

This one will have a blend of green grass and river views mixed with urban play and hardscrabble streets.

We will walk up to the DuPont Crescent Trail entrance high on the bridge. The trail slopes down to the river level and follows the bend of the Schuylkill River. There are benches, statues, rock mounds  and fishing piers. We will take a leisurely walk around to Grays Ferry Ave overhead. There is a cool skate park there and likely some performers to photograph leaping off the edges.

Then we continue on and find a large boat dock and people fishing in droves. I had no idea this was here right next to the swing bridge. [To be replaced with a modern one to carry the Schuylkill Banks Trail over to the west bank and on to Bartrams Garden]  We continue to the end of the trail and check out the Trolley Works ball park. There was a Little League game in progress the Saturday I scoped it out.

Then we will walk some of the neighbor hood streets and cross under the tracks back to 34th st where we started. I don’t know of any cool bars in the Forgotten Bottom. Maybe we will head back to West Philly and go to Local 44 at 44th and Spruce, a great craft beer bar we went when doing Baltimore Ave a while back.

I am still looking into getting a group tour of the Pennovation Center on the new UPenn campus where DuPont Paint Research was. It is in a cool re-architected building.


$10 paid at beginning at walk.


General location of Forgotten Bottom

Some scenes along the way:

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