On Sunday, we traveled to Philadelphia to do the tourist thing, parking the car on Front Street and hoofing it around downtown and the historic district. Here are a few photos from the afternoon:

The new Comcast Center skyscraper stands out from the Philadelphia skyline from all directions. This view is afforded along the Walt Whitman Bridge westbound (Interstate 76) on the approach to the main line toll plaza and Front Street/Interstate 95 off-ramps.

Broad Street (Pennsylvania 611) carries six lanes through the heart of Philadelphia northward to suburbs such as Willow Grove. Pennsylvania 611 follows all of the boulevard in either direction of the square at Philadelphia City Hall and the Broad Street Subway line travels below along the same alignment. Broad Street was once a part of U.S. 611 (north of Market Street) and Pennsylvania 291 (south of Market Street). This view looks north from City Hall.

While U.S. 611 was terminated in 1972, many new street signs along Broad Street still recognize the decades old deceased U.S. highway. A pair of such signs line the mast arms at Spring Garden and Broad Streets north of downtown.

Pennsylvania 611 encircles City Hall between 15th and Juniper Streets. The square also represents the end/beginning of Pennsylvania 3 via Market Street east and JFK Boulevard west.

JFK Plaza lies kitty corner from City Hall to the northwest and beyond that is the beginning of Ben Franklin Parkway, a scenic boulevard traveling northwest to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Pictured here is a Pennsylvania 611 shield directing traffic onto 15th Street south with the new Comcast Center high rise under construction in the background.

An earlier look at the same set of buildings at 15th Street and JFK Boulevard with the Comcast Center skyscraper rising high above.

Pennsylvania’s tallest skyscraper, the Comcast Center, rises to 975 feet!

South Street east at 7th Street in Philadelphia.

One of Philadelphia’s happening places is South Street. South Street offers a variety of shops, bars, eateries, and clubs to suit many tastes. In addition to being a night spot, the street was once the setting of a freeway battle in the 1960s. When planners envisioned Philadelphia’s freeway network, their ideas consisted of an inner belt freeway network. Three of the four legs were built: Interstate 76 (Schuylkill Expressway), Interstate 95 (Delaware Expressway), Interstate 676 (Vine Street Expressway). The missing leg, dubbed the South Street Expressway, was successfully challenged by local residents and business leaders along the South Street corridor. Those individuals were also successful in turning South Street from a decaying neighborhood into the vibrant night spot and attraction that it is today. If you have never had a Philly Cheesesteak before, South Street is a good place to try one!

OK so my navigational skills of Philadelphia’s on-ramps to Interstate 95 are a bit rusty. Thanks to a wrong turn onto Interstate 95 north beyond the split with Interstate 676, we were able to find two sets of original signs at the Aramingo Avenue interchange with the Delaware Expressway and Girard Avenue. These date from the freeway’s construction and are located where Aramingo Avenue name changes to Delaware Avenue (Christopher Columbus Boulevard through Penn’s Landing further south) at Exit 23 of Interstate 95.

Girard Avenue south at Delaware Avenue in Philadelphia.