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Copyright © 2014 Philip G Conine All Rights Reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or in any means – by electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise – without prior written permission. Printed and bound in Philadelphia, PA


Overgrown places in the city are seen to be an eye-sore to many people. I find beauty in the places that Nature has taken back. Weeds, trees, animals, and trash occupy the areas that have been abandoned. This book is not about abandoned lots, but about Nature’s resillience in places that it is not supposed to be. What was once a wild land, was stripped and converted to a concrete jungle. For the love of the earth, people need to start taking better care of this planet that we live on. Cities are necessary to our society nowadays, but we could take more responsibility in sustaining the environment and instead of destroying one for the other, incorporate. Incorporate nature with city plans. “Do not cut down the tree that gives you shade� - Arabian proverb Many things found in overgrown places are small things forgotten. During my exploration of these places, many included abandoned houses, I found alot of every day items. I almost felt like an archaeologist exploring a post apocalyptic city. I saw insights into peoples lives from their small things left behind. You can begin to piece together a story of why a once inhabited place is now inhabited by Nature. While looking through my book, try to imagine what once was, and appreciate the beauty and strength of Nature. Enjoy. -Phil Conine


Contents

Mantua Philadelphia

The Viaduct

North Philadelphia

Overgrown


Mantua Neighborhood

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Overgrown - Mantua

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The Viaduct

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Overgrown - The Viaduct

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North Philadelphia

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Overgrown