U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > General U.S. > City vs. City
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
View Poll Results: Philadelphia or Boston?
Philadelphia 99 48.77%
Boston 104 51.23%
Voters: 203. You may not vote on this poll

 
 
Old 08-12-2011, 07:46 PM
 
Location: KC Area
345 posts, read 691,943 times
Reputation: 216

Advertisements

So we all know NYC is number 1. What is number 2: Boston or Philly? Both cities have unique history and have a great share in our national economy. Philadelphia is larger, but Boston has better education and is a huge financial center. Both get overshadowed by New York, but each are special in their own way. There are great arguments for both cities, BUT which one do you prefer and believe is the second best city in the Northeast?

P.S. I'm not including D.C., because I don't want to start a is D.C. southern or northeast argument.
Quick reply to this message

 
Old 08-12-2011, 07:51 PM
 
Location: roaming gnome
12,391 posts, read 23,766,008 times
Reputation: 5608
probably even, since they have swapped places so many times throughout history and had upswings and downswings. Boston has had the most recent prosperity the past 20 years or so, but, that could change again.
Quick reply to this message
 
Old 08-12-2011, 07:53 PM
 
8,639 posts, read 8,775,115 times
Reputation: 5185
Boston, They feed many large Metro areas, like San Jose would be nothing, because all those companies were founded by Harvard or MIT students.
Also Boston Anchor all of New England
Quick reply to this message
 
Old 08-12-2011, 07:54 PM
 
14,006 posts, read 21,956,970 times
Reputation: 4085
Dc...
Quick reply to this message
 
Old 08-12-2011, 07:56 PM
 
8,639 posts, read 8,775,115 times
Reputation: 5185
Quote:
Originally Posted by polo89 View Post
Dc...
he isnt counting DC cause of the Possible North South custody war
Quick reply to this message
 
Old 08-12-2011, 09:20 PM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
15,664 posts, read 18,211,833 times
Reputation: 11163
Tough choice, but I'm going with Boston. It really is a cool and unique city.
Quick reply to this message
 
Old 08-13-2011, 05:52 AM
 
9,583 posts, read 10,917,416 times
Reputation: 2109
Well DC is right with NYC but # 3 between Boston and Philly would probably be Boston. I think Philly suffers from being in between NYC and DC. If Philly was not sandwiched between NYC and DC, it would probably be 3rd.
Quick reply to this message
 
Old 08-13-2011, 06:16 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
1,335 posts, read 1,246,268 times
Reputation: 344
And Wharton graduates actually run the companies that hire those Harvard and MIT grads. When those fat cats grow old, they are going to receive coronary bypass surgery from a Penn or Temple trained heart surgeon, and they will be treated with drugs that were created, developed and manufactured by Philadelphia companies. Penn is the largest Ivy League school. Besides Harvard is in Cambridge so Philly should be allowed to annex some of its own neighboring communities to this smackdown - hello Villanova, hello King of Prussia mall, hello Main Line incomes and low crime rates and SEPTA regional rail - The medical programs at Penn and Temple beat the size and scope in Boston. Both cities have about the same number of students, just over 500,000. I'd say the two cities were on-par educationally, even with MIT and Harvard being the pinnacle schools they are.

... also don't you mean they were founded by Harvard dropouts? That's a bit of an urban legend anyhow, except for a few famous examples.

I'm going with Philly, and not just because I'm an Eagles fan now (I grew up a Patriots fan, rooted for them against the Bears). Boston reigned over Philly for decades, Philly's comeback is truly a recent phenomenon. Comcast Center is not just a tall building, it was built as a gateway helping tie the city together. It is the grandest project of the last decade but far from the only one. Philly's population decline reversed, the Schuylkill Banks trail was opened, bike lanes were created, and many high-rise luxury condos were built and occupied. Famous stores (Foodery, DiBruno's) opened additional locations. Northern Liberties was reborn with the Piazza. The restaurant scene really took off. Tourism increased dramatically. Independence mall's renovation was completed. Megabus and Bolt bus made going to NYC cheap and easy. Comcast bough NBC/Universal. Philly finally got a downtown Apple store (last year I think). The Phillies upped the ante and now the city can have the same pride in their team as Boston enjoys with the Red Sox. After a few games I hope I can say the same thing about the Eagles.

Not only has the Barnes collection been moved downtown, but Philly is getting ready to reveal the (completely secret) Frank Gehry designed expansion the the Art Museum. It's secret because it is entirely underground, like the expansion of the Louvre. Nothing is more intriguing, when other cities get a Gehry museum it's a huge undulating stainless steel thing, a very obvious 'signature' structure. In classic Philly fashion, ours will be totally hidden behind a classic facade. Here it's discussed in... The Boston Herald http://www.bostonherald.com/entertainment/arts_culture/view.bg?articleid=1295258&srvc=next_article (broken link)

The two cities are tied for history, sight-seeing, parks, shopping, the arts, etc.

In finance, Philly is more of a player than people think. Our options exchange is as large as Chicago's, and 5X the size of Bostons. Philly and Chicago handle half of NASDAQs option trade volume between the two of them. That's right, AAPL gets traded in Philly.

So in recognition of the improvements that brought Philly back from the brink, I vote for Philly. Beating Boston in a World Series would be the final step.

Quote:
Originally Posted by btownboss4 View Post
Boston, They feed many large Metro areas, like San Jose would be nothing, because all those companies were founded by Harvard or MIT students.
Also Boston Anchor all of New England

Last edited by Dub King; 08-13-2011 at 07:05 AM..
Quick reply to this message
 
Old 08-13-2011, 06:27 AM
 
2,420 posts, read 3,843,939 times
Reputation: 1257
Philly is still the second largest city on the eastcoast. So i'll go with philly.
Quick reply to this message
 
Old 08-13-2011, 07:47 AM
 
Location: KC Area
345 posts, read 691,943 times
Reputation: 216
i just added a poll, so now you can vote which one.
Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


 
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:
Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > General U.S. > City vs. City
Similar Threads
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6.

2005-2018, Advameg, Inc.

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 - Top