Tired of the tacky building-sized ads popping up everywhere? Ashamed that people are actually referring to them as murals? Here’s several of my favorite real murals in Philadelphia. It just goes to show what wonderful additions true murals are to a city’s public artwork. Which one is your favorite?
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