PETER Kendzierski and his girlfriend, both painters, moved to Philadelphia just for the studio and living space they found here.
They searched up and down the East Coast, Kendzierski said Tuesday.
"As painters, we need good ceilings and natural light," said Kendzierski, who moved here from Baltimore in 2009.
They settled on a converted factory on 11th Street near Vine and "fell in love" with a fourth-floor apartment with eight massive windows.
In addition, he said, their landlord, neighborhood activist John Struble, himself an artist, was willing to build a third-floor studio just for them.
But Kendzierski's love affair has hit a rocky patch, as he and others from that section of Center City are irked about a billboard company's plans to convert an old-fashioned standard billboard into a flashing digital one - right outside Kendzierski's windows.