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Best map of Philly in the Rumsey collection

Stanford University Libraries just launched the Rumsey Collection, a historic archive of thousands of maps. Here’s the coolest map of Philadelphia I found in the archive.

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Some details I enjoyed…

Apparently there was a water works at the central square? (Then called the “Public Square”.)

The Navy Yard was quite literally a yard owned by the Navy.

Detail of Pegg’s Run, a long-hidden creek that in fact shaped much geography of my neighborhood, Callowhill. I’m hoping to write about Pegg’s Run more in the future.

This one confuses me. Washington Square and Market Square… in West Philly? What’s that oval?

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Vox Media licenses Chorus to Sun-Times; take a look at what the backend’s like

The team at Vox Media deserves all the snaps for its work on Chorus, the once-mythical “unicorn” content management system that does just about everything a digital publisher could want.

EverQuote and patent medicine

In a thread begun October 2016, Washington Post technology director Aram Zucker-Scharff tweeted about the shady advertising practices of EverQuote, a Boston-based startup. Since then these ads have become prolific on the web (and nearly as prolific are Aram’s tweets documenting the malfeasance).

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