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View Poll Results: Philly vs Bos
Philadelphia 221 50.92%
Boston 213 49.08%
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Old 06-25-2009, 01:18 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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Both cities are really great beautiful cities..no losers here,but I voted for Boston.
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Old 07-01-2009, 07:17 PM
 
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This is silly - anyone not from Philadelphia will choose Boston every day. Don't know where this "Philly is much bigger" thing comes from - both metro areas are about the same size. Philly def. has a "look at me, look at me!" complex that no other city has, IMO....
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Old 07-01-2009, 07:21 PM
 
Location: NorthEast
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I voted for Boston, but don't get me wrong, Philly has great museums and is also a great city. Boston but not by all that much.
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Old 07-01-2009, 08:32 PM
 
Location: Denver
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This is silly - anyone not from Philadelphia will choose Boston every day. Don't know where this "Philly is much bigger" thing comes from - both metro areas are about the same size. Philly def. has a "look at me, look at me!" complex that no other city has, IMO....
I disagree. I think Philadelphia does a great job of avoiding an inferiority complex that other cities seem to have (many accuse Boston of having an inferiority complex...though I contest that any such complex disappeared after we won the 2004 World Series). Philadelphia is often overlooked due to its place between two of the most important cities in our country. However I think they aren't caught up in trying to prove anything. They know they're a great city, and they don't have to prove anything to anyone.
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Old 07-01-2009, 08:59 PM
 
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I guess it depends on the criteria used to decide which public transit system is better. Boston's has cheaper fares which is a plus. Boston's rail lines have higher ridership overall.

Philly's Heavy rail system (including PATCO) covers a slightly larger area than Bostons. SEPTA's light rail covers a much larger area than Boston's light rail. This doesn't even include NJ transit's light rail river line which serves the Philadelphia area. Both cities (SEPTA and MBTA) regional rail covers about the same route miles, though when including NJ transit's regional line which serves Philly, this gives Philly a larger regional rail coverage area.

So basically, Boston's rail lines are cheaper, cleaner, and utilized more than Philly's. Philly's rail lines cover more miles. Philly has several light rail routes that operate 24 hours a day and one heavy rail line that runs 24/7. Several Septa regional rail lines in Philly operate till after 2AM also. Philly's SEPTA bus ridership is also much higher (not including the many NJ Transit bus lines that serve Philly and suburbs). Numerous bus lines run all night.

Based on the more extensive rail and bus coverage in the Philadelphia area, and the later operating hours of rail and buses, I personally give Philly a slight edge. However, Boston's ferry service kills Philadelphias, so this may even them out as far as Public Transportation goes. Props to the people of the Boston area for utilizing public transportation to the extent that they do.
... also, Philly has the only all-electrified commuter/regional rail system. And also, the only one connected/totally unified by a 4-track, downtown tunnel. The T's diesel, 2-downtown terminal, commter system is nice, but can't touch Philly Regional Rail... Also, Philly runs more transit modes than any other city in the Western Hemisphere: HRT (subway, elevated, at-grade), LRT, trolley, trackless trolley, electric commuter rail, diesel commuter rail, light-rail/diesel commuter rail, trolley interurban, 3rd rail interurban... am I missing any? ... oh yeah, it's also connected to (and a hub of) America's only truly HSR: Acela.
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Old 07-01-2009, 09:03 PM
 
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I often hear that a lot of people complain about SEPTA. Is it that unpleasant to rely on or what? Does anyone use it on a regular basis?
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Old 07-01-2009, 09:37 PM
 
Location: Villanova Pa.
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This is silly - anyone not from Philadelphia will choose Boston every day. Don't know where this "Philly is much bigger" thing comes from - both metro areas are about the same size. Philly def. has a "look at me, look at me!" complex that no other city has, IMO....


Im not sure about that. The one aspect where Boston is clearly ahead is its comparitive lack of poverty + crime. The city of Philadelphia being an industrial giant in the 19th + 20th centuries obviously didnt fare as well as Boston as time passed and industry faded from the american landscape.

Other than that its a pretty even match. Center City although a little more grittier than downtown Boston is every as cultural and historically significant if not moreso.

As far as metroes are concerned I'll argue Philadelphia has a slight edge mainly because of what was mentioned earlier, Philadelphias growth and wealth classes were pushed into the suburbs much moreso than Boston.
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Old 07-02-2009, 02:28 PM
 
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... also, Philly has the only all-electrified commuter/regional rail system. And also, the only one connected/totally unified by a 4-track, downtown tunnel. The T's diesel, 2-downtown terminal, commter system is nice, but can't touch Philly Regional Rail... Also, Philly runs more transit modes than any other city in the Western Hemisphere: HRT (subway, elevated, at-grade), LRT, trolley, trackless trolley, electric commuter rail, diesel commuter rail, light-rail/diesel commuter rail, trolley interurban, 3rd rail interurban... am I missing any? ... oh yeah, it's also connected to (and a hub of) America's only truly HSR: Acela.
The only reason why SEPTA has an all-electrified commuter rail is because they couldn't afford to run run diesel service to places like West Chester , Reading, and the Lehigh Valley. Personally, I'd trade SEPTA's commuter rail for the MBTA's version since they still run diesel-electric train sets. And this is coming from a Philadelphian, too!!!
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Old 11-09-2009, 10:58 PM
 
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both have great food, but boston has the benefit of amazing new england seafood
boston has better shopping
both have great museums, but boston has the MOS which is the 4th most visited in the nation as well as the MFA , The Gardner, and the AMAZING new Institute of Contemporary art location in Southie.
Both have great historic museums and tours.
schools boston
nightlife philly
arts- both are strong
architectiure is great in both, but Boston has a slight edge IMO, but this has been debated ad noseum
both are similar in racial diversity
both have great parks, but i vote for the emerald necklace, especially the comm ave mall and the arnold arboretum
boston has better transit
boston has better hospitals and less crime, so i would put it higher on livability
both are "urban"

both are among the best cities in the U.S. easily.
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Old 03-14-2011, 12:55 PM
 
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Philadelphia has way more to do and is way bigger than Boston. Both cities are very nice and similar with history but Philly was way more fun!
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