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nashvillwill

Philadelphia love

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I haven't been into Philly since 1985. At the time, the magnificent City Hall was still the tallest building, as per the gentlemen's agreement on height, which was soon to be broken. Probably gives you some idea if the height limit were lifted in Washington, there'd be skyscrapers popping out all over.

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Great run down.  Philly is one of my favorites in this country as well.  What a damned enjoyable place to be.  And the Roast Pork sandwich!  Incredible. 

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I was born and bred in Philly in my youth and I get back several times a year for business and family. I agree that Philly is unique and has a lot going for it...in fact it is only the corrupt city government of Philly over the last 40 years that has held it back.

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Oh man, I love Philadelphia. I spent about 7 years there doing grad school then living and working in the area. Some of the best times of my life in what is, as you said, one of the most under-rated cities in the country. Tons of amazing food options, incredible history, and an urban vibe that is all its own. It really does feel like a much smaller city than it is, and so many people that live there forget that it's the 5th largest urban area in the country. It really is one of the few cities left that has its own, real, identifiable culture, especially in the northeast, where so many cities have been watered down to a mere shadow of what they once were (culturally speaking). Since I'm still so close, I manage to make it back about once a month to visit friends and hang out in town. Honestly, DC can't even come close to it in my opinion.

Anyway, I'm so glad you enjoyed it. If you ever are going to be back in town let me know and I'll meet up with you and show you around.

 

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On May 5, 2016 at 7:56 PM, Nathan_in_DC said:

 

Anyway, I'm so glad you enjoyed it. If you ever are going to be back in town let me know and I'll meet up with you and show you around.

 

Thanks for the invite. Actually, D.C. is on my short list of cities to visit. I haven't been there since I was a child. Maybe I'll hit you up if I get up there soon. 

 

I'll tell you one little antidote about Philly. As much as I loved the city, the sidewalks are atrocious. It's not a quantity problem, but a quality issue. I get it, it's one of the oldest cities in America, and sidewalk maintenance may not be high on the priority list. But there were so many "stumbling hazards", that I saw someone trip at least 5 times a day. It kinda became the running joke of our weekend visit of who in our group was going to fall first. 

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Have spent more time in Philly than any city I haven't lived in. On the plus side: east coast big city vibe without going to NYC. Downside: crime and corruption.

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