Philadelphia named first US World Heritage City (Uwishunu.com) I love visiting World Heritage sites, and it’s so cool that I now live in the US’s first World Heritage city! We made it primarily because The Declaration of Independence (1776) and the Constitution of the United States (1787) were both signed in Philly.
More on Philly as a World Heritage City (Organization of World Heritage Cities) From the OWHC Philadelphia page:
Founded in 1683, Philadelphia is the largest and most complete fulfillment of the kind of model city envisioned by Enlightenment architects. Its rational gridded street plan, punctuated by five green squares of park, is the physical corollary of the just society that William Penn planned to inhabit it. Although little of the street plan was built and occupied by the time of the Revolution, the grid remained the symbol of Philadelphia, and it continued to guide the growth of the city. Today’s Philadelphia preserves most of the seventeenth-century plan and its five squares, and in Society Hill and Old City more buildings from the colonial and federal periods are preserved than anywhere else in America.
In the eighteenth century, Philadelphia was the largest English-speaking city outside the British Isles. As the de facto capital of British interests in North America and the largest center of economic and cultural life of the colonies, it became the center of nascent nationalist and revolutionary activity. Here were held the first and second Continental Congresses, leading to the Declaration of Independence in 1776, and Philadelphia remained the wartime capital except during the period of its occupation by the British. After the American victory, the new nation’s leaders again convened in Philadelphia to draft the Constitution, and after the adoption of the Constitution in 1789, Philadelphia served as the capital in 1790-1800, while Washington, D.C. was being constructed. During that period, the Bill of Rights was drafted and adopted, and many of the new nation’s institutions were invented. The places and spaces in which the idea of America was born are preserved in today’s Philadelphia.
Adnan Syed, Subject of ‘Serial’ Podcast, Gets Hearing on New Evidence (NPR) I kinda have a problem with people who say they love podcasts, and then list only/mostly to radio shows that are also released in podcast form. That’s not a podcast, that’s the audio version of DVR. Nothing against This American Life or Radiolab, you just aren’t a podcast lover if that’s all that’s in your iTunes. That being said, Serial (produced by the creators of This American Life) was a fantastic 12 episode podcast, and I’m really excited about the upcoming season on Bowe Bergdahl. This week it was announced that Adnan, the subject of season one, will be getting a new hearing based on new evidence, influenced heavily by the popularity of the podcast.
Retro Travel Posters Show (Possible) Future of National Parks (Good) Great artwork used to illustrate a scary point about the future of our National Parks ahead of next year’s centennial.
Justin Bieber Makes the Tourism Industry in Iceland Worry (The Reykjavik Grapevine) Oh Bieber, lol.
Sharm el-Sheikh: thousands of Britons arrive back in UK (The Guardian) What happens to tourists when a vacation town crosses path with a major international security incident? Here’s a live update page on the thousands of Brits stranded in the resort town over the past week.