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Old 05-19-2018, 02:15 PM
 
Location: Germantown, Philadelphia
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Iíve long had a negative perception of Philadelphia thatís only changed because of this site. Even still I canít shake my long term bias that started when I visited for a school field trip to see the liberty bell. I thought that it was a very dirty and run down city. That was decades ago, but that and all the negative news stories have kept my opinion the same and likely outdated. I would almost never hear anything positive about Philly if I didnít come here.
The very first time I laid eyes on this city was in 1971, on my first trip to the Northeast.

Dad and I came in from Mt. Holly, NJ, where we were staying with a family he had stayed with for a while when he was stationed at Fort Dix.

My initial reaction upon seeing South Broad Street was:

"This city needs a bath desperately."

And it was so quiet! There was absolutely nothing happening on a Sunday here. (Well, the Broad Street Subway was running. I went down into the concourse at Walnut-Locust - they were just installing fluorescent lights at the time - and I did get a glimpse of one of the old subway cars.)

My second visit, in 1983, left me more favorably impressed. The buildings didn't look dingy anymore, for one.

The city I now call home is vastly different from both of those two, and the second one grew on me to begin with.
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Old 05-19-2018, 02:30 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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My trip was from asbury Park in 1977. Even compared to asbury I thought that it was dirty.
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Old 05-19-2018, 05:17 PM
 
Location: New York City
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Its interesting to me that people complain about Philadelphia being dirty (which it is), yet I find NYC to be so much dirtier, yet it is never really mentioned, or magnified like it is in Philadelphia.
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Old 05-19-2018, 10:24 PM
 
Location: The Left Toast
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Its interesting to me that people complain about Philadelphia being dirty (which it is), yet I find NYC to be so much dirtier, yet it is never really mentioned, or magnified like it is in Philadelphia.
I know. Right?
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Old 05-19-2018, 11:05 PM
 
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The only city that gets things over looked somewhat are ...,. New York New York. Maybe SF too. No other city will. Bags of garbage in sidewalks in its core in other cities .... fabetaboutit.

Chicago wouldn't Nor would Philly. Housing also okays a roll and how well a cities clears its blight or its hid better. Neither of which Philly did well to lose the stereotypes yet, to any great extent. Improving ..... for sure. Center City especially. Yes overcame the most of these. Much outside of CC is hit and miss. Aesthetics play a HUUUUUGE roll.

The styles of common housing too and varieties too. I does matter.
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Old 05-19-2018, 11:50 PM
 
Location: Denver
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Its interesting to me that people complain about Philadelphia being dirty (which it is), yet I find NYC to be so much dirtier, yet it is never really mentioned, or magnified like it is in Philadelphia.
Agreed. Never seen a city as filthy as New York which was frankly quite disgusting imo. The only other city that gave it a run for its money in terms of dirtiness was LA and that was more of an air problem rather than a street problem.
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Old 05-20-2018, 04:11 AM
 
Location: Germantown, Philadelphia
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The streets of San Francisco are littered with people to an extent I've not seen in any other large city, including Philadelphia, where people complain about them more than they do there.
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Old 05-20-2018, 07:39 AM
 
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Its interesting to me that people complain about Philadelphia being dirty (which it is), yet I find NYC to be so much dirtier, yet it is never really mentioned, or magnified like it is in Philadelphia.
People mention NYC being dirty all the time. Have you never heard of the rat meme?
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Old 05-20-2018, 11:28 AM
 
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SF is dirtier than NY. and smells bad, even worse than 10 years ago, which was already bad.
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Old 05-20-2018, 11:40 AM
 
Location: New York City
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People mention NYC being dirty all the time. Have you never heard of the rat meme?
I know the consensus is that NYC is dirty, but people don't magnify it like they do when referencing Philadelphia, its sort of looked over because its NYC. Same with homeless.
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