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Old 10-19-2019, 09:27 AM
 
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My wife and I adore Pittsburgh (she hails from Erie, PA and considers it home away from home). But it really is nothing at all like Philly. The only part of Philly that even remotely resembles Pittsburgh is the Manayunk area and possibly Boathouse Row and Kelly, Lincoln and MLK Drives along the Schuylkill. Beyond that it is a completely different world.
Manayunk does look like it would fit right in Pittsburgh, while Pittsburgh's rowhouse heavy Lawrenceville neighborhood would blend easily into Philly, but like most places, both are fairly unique. The only region I can think of where the cities really strongly favor each other, is along the Great Lakes, with the exception of Chicago, whose great size makes it different from the rest. From Milwaukee, to as far east as Syracuse, the housing, and layouts of the cities feels similar.
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Old 10-20-2019, 07:53 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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Manayunk does look like it would fit right in Pittsburgh, while Pittsburgh's rowhouse heavy Lawrenceville neighborhood would blend easily into Philly, but like most places, both are fairly unique.
Yeah, Manayunk is kind of like Pittsburgh, Center City (esp the Rittenhouse area) kind of like Manhattan, parts of West/North Philly like Baltimore, Old City/Society Hill are kind of like Beacon Hill in Boston, and South Philly is quintessentially Philly. Philly has many distinct neighborhoods that are reminiscent of other Northeastern cities. But in the end, of course, Philly is Philly.
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Old 10-21-2019, 02:07 PM
 
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Maybe New York and Chicago, because they both have elevated trains and look just about as urban as an American city can. All 3 have the highest Black populations and all 3 have the largest collections of pre-war skyscrapers.

I feel like Philly is to Chicago what Chicago is to New York, even though Chicago's population is closer to Philly's than New York's.
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Old 10-21-2019, 04:30 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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My wife and I adore Pittsburgh (she hails from Erie, PA and considers it home away from home). But it really is nothing at all like Philly. The only part of Philly that even remotely resembles Pittsburgh is the Manayunk area and possibly Boathouse Row and Kelly, Lincoln and MLK Drives along the Schuylkill. Beyond that it is a completely different world.
Yes, Pittsburgh is a wonderful city.

My response was to the premise of the OP's question which was.

"Are there anymore large, urban, historically rich cities in the northeast worth considering?" (to visit)

By definition, Pittsburgh is not large, although it 100% punches above its weight for its size.

I was simply recommending to add Pittsburgh to their list of places to visit. I was not comparing or saying Pittsburgh was like Philadelphia in layout.

But in terms of historic heritage and culture amenities, Pittsburgh is definitely worthy and shares a unique heritage and history that is embedded in its culture and landmark institutions which again can compete with many cities three times its size.

And it has many distinct and vibrant neighborhoods (similar to Philadelphia) which are spread throughout its city.

No Pittsburgh and Philadelphia do not look alike. Philadelphia is overwhelmingly flat, while Pittsburgh has some of the most unique topography outside only San Fran and Seattle.

But if you want a city filled with deep heritage, vibrancy, unique assets and culture. Pittsburgh makes the list for the Northeast.

There is a long argument whether Pittsburgh is considered the Northeast. By definition Western Pennsylvania is still considered the Northeast.

I have family in Pittsburgh, and no one there considers themselves midwesterners. They would actually be offended.
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