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It Happened Here: location-based iPhone, Android discovery app launches Philly version

It Happened Here, a location-based, news-driven U.S. city exploration application for iPhone and Android, has launched a Philadelphia version. Featuring 200 geo-located events and growing for Philly — from the familiar Revolution-era notes to more modern sites like film locations and celebrity sightings — the application has versions for five other cities. The $2.99 price […]


It Happened Here, a location-based, news-driven U.S. city exploration application for iPhone and Android, has launched a Philadelphia version.
Featuring 200 geo-located events and growing for Philly — from the familiar Revolution-era notes to more modern sites like film locations and celebrity sightings — the application has versions for five other cities. The $2.99 price gets a user a single city.
Built by D.C.-based development firm Mobile Surroundings, the application adds to the discovery craze by doing a good job of including both the historic and the modern. Though the density of events are reliably highest near Old City, other inner-ring neighborhoods are represented, too.

“We think the addition of Philadelphia, another city rich in American history and pop culture, is going to let a lot of Philly natives really rediscover their own city,” said spokeswoman Kim Lianthamani.
After giving the app a location, the user is directed to the nearest locations of note, offering context and a Google map for directions. Simply, if you’ve given the tour to your grandmother one too many times, this app could go a long way to offering a fresh experience. If not the sleekest of the scavenger apps, it is among the most helpful for urban wandering.
The other cities available are D.C., New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Boston, which launched with Philly this month.
Find it on iTunes here and find screenshots here.

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