‘A Man Could Simply Wander’: This handy mnemonic orders Center City streets, North to South


A month ago, Philly Reddit had a problem. 

“Is there an easy way to remember the order of East-West [directional] streets in different parts of the city? Like an anagram our sentence that they all spell out?” user TeeHomes asked. “I seem to have a severe mental block on remembering them.”

Those streets run thusly:

Arch, Market, Chestnut, Sansom, Walnut, Locust, Spruce, Pine, Lombard, South.

Reddit user bierdimpfe was quick with this answer:

A Man Could Simply Wander, Looking (at) Street-signs (to) Properly Learn (the) Streets.”

We at Billy Penn were pretty taken by the mnemonic, and our crack designer Jayna Wallace took a shot at turning it into a graphic. We think it turned out great, and are thrilled to share it here.

— Chris Krewson, editor
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Chris Krewson is the executive director of LION Publishers, a national nonprofit association that serves local journalism entrepreneurs build sustainable news organizations, and the founding editor of Billy Penn. He lives in Havertown.