Spreading the LOVE   by Cheri Sundra


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Ah! Philadelphia….You will always be the city that I love the most!

Officially named JFK Plaza, the park receives its nickname “LOVE Park” for Robert Indiana’s sculpture. LOVE Park was conceived of by former Philadelphia City Planner Edmund Bacon (the father of actor Kevin Bacon).

Because of its curved steps and granite surfaces, the plaza at LOVE Park became an international Mecca for skateboarding because of the success of some of the park’s most famous frequent users, professional skateboarders Bam Margera, Stevie Williams and Kerry Getz.

In 2002, the city of Philadelphia started a campaign to stop skateboarding in LOVE Park.

Eventually the park was remolded to add planters that blocked ledges and replaced stone benches with wooden ones, which resulted in ending LOVE Park’s status as a world renowned skate-spot.


Cheri is a guerrilla historian, which in her opinion, is far more interesting (and way cooler) than being a typical historian. She maintains a blog about abandoned places and urban exploration at: Cheri Sundra.com

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  • RobynLee
    RobynLeeover 1 year ago

    Lol-I remember that Love Logo from when I was a kid;it seemed like it was it was everywhere! Also,my mom had a necklace w/that on it:-)

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