Steven Ujifusa: American narrative historian & Author

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My Thought of the Day:  I spent a lot of time reading and researching, but creative insights usually don’t happen while I’m on my laptop. They usually happen when I do something physical, such as walking around the city, biking, or rowing on the Schuylkill River. However, rowing in the early morning has been much harder to do since my wife and I had our son a year ago.

What do you love most about Your City? Philadelphia is an urban history layer cake. Every architectural style is there: colonial, Federal Victorian, Art Deco. And it’s chock full of fascinating stories, institutions, and personalities.  I’m originally from the New York City area, but I’ve spent most of my post-college adult life here, and it’s here that I feel that I’ve really come into my own as a professional.  And when it comes to living and breathing American history, this city is hard to beat.  As the great architect and Philadelphia native Louis Kahn said: “A city is the place of availabilities. It is the place where a small boy, as he walks through it, may see something that will tell him what he wants to do his whole life.”