One tenth of a mile: What Philly looks like from above

Fairmount Park = broccoli.

Eastern State Penitentiary from above

Eastern State Penitentiary from above

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Philadelphia covers a lot of ground.

In total, the city encompasses about 150 square miles. That’s more than 4 billion square feet. If Philly wanted to turn all its land into football fields, at least 7,000 of them would fit within the borders.

We’ve got a lot of space to go around, but it’s not all treated the same. From the rowhomes of Strawberry Mansion to the skyscrapers of Center City to the woods of Pennypack Park, the landscape of Philadelphia looks very different depending on where you’re standing.

Using Google Earth (and with a hat-tip to The Atlantic) we collected 19 overhead views — each about a tenth of a square mile in area* — that show off Philly’s diverse terrain. Check them out below.

Know a great aerial view you think should be included? Email us.

Train tracks and more train tracks near 30th Street Station

30th Street train tracks

30th Street train tracks

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William Penn’s hat, plus the rest of City Hall

City Hall

City Hall

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The orderly, lawn-fronted homes of Mayfair

Mayfair

Mayfair

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Fairmount Park is basically broccoli

Fairmount Park

Fairmount Park

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Buncha highways converging in Northeast Philly

Highways

Highways

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East Passyunk, in all its diagonal glory

East Passyunk

East Passyunk

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Houses surrounding the spokes of Eastern State Penitentiary

Eastern State

Eastern State

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Planes stopping at the spokes of PHL Airport

Philadelphia International Airport

Philadelphia International Airport

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Girard Estates, aka a mini swath of suburbs in deep South Philly

Girard Estates

Girard Estates

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Pennypack Park = trees galore

Pennypack Park

Pennypack Park

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Good to know: Boathouse Row also looks attractive from above

Boathouse Row

Boathouse Row

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Kensington, featuring the El and McPherson Square library

Kensington

Kensington

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You can’t really tell how tall the Comcast towers are

Comcast

Comcast

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Even from above, UPenn’s campus has an Ivy League vibe

UPenn

UPenn

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Poplar looks almost suburban from this angle

Poplar

Poplar

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This refinery takes up a lot of space in Southwest Philly

South Philly industry

South Philly industry

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Home of the world champions…and some other teams too

Stadiums

Stadiums

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Strawberry Mansion rowhomes lookin’ like ants

Strawberry Mansion

Strawberry Mansion

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Winchester Park residents basically live in the woods

Winchester Park

Winchester Park

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