I just came across this article on the 12 Smelliest Places in Philadelphia by author Christine Speer Lejeune, and I had myself a good ole’ chuckle. Here’s the list:
- Independence Mall in Old City, where horses meets asphalt.
- Roosevelt Boulevard, which smells like cookies when you drive past the old Nabisco factory. “I remember hanging my head out the car window to sniff as a kid!”
- I-95 on the way to the airport. “Is it the pollution control plant? OMG.”
- 15th and Market. “Smells like doughnuts.”
- Subway. Any subway, every subway. Namely the underground stations.
- Chinatown. “Chinatown in the rain or the fog smells like hot neon, wet lettuce and old cigarettes.
- 19th and JFK. “Smells like an open sewer.” In fact, “sewer” in various places is a popular pick.
- Reading Terminal. Famous Fourth’s cookies meets Amish whoopie pies meets flower vendor meets cement meets mingling scents of frying meat and pizza. Is there any better Philly scent mash-up than this?
- Dumpsters. Sansom’s hardly the only offender.
- 9th Street, between Washington and Christian. “Fish!”
- Sarcone’s Bakery.
- Temple on 13th Street, now always filled with food truck smells.
I myself will have to add the Gallery at Market East to the list as that place is just a hot mess. Any other hot spots full of odor that you know of in Philly?