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Washington D.C. vs Philadelphia

Posted 02-24-2021 at 02:58 PM by KodeBlue

Originally Posted by Penna76 View Post
DC overall is very nice and it is for sure one of my favorite cities in the USA, but it can be a bit "stiff".

On the suburbs front I think the Bethesda, Potomac, Rockville, Frederick line of Maryland suburbs are actually quite nice and nicer than the NOVA suburbs.

McClean has a lot of ranch homes and old strip malls from the 60s/70s. I personally find Bethesda/Potomac to be more attractive than Arlington/McClean.

With that, there is a separate thread ranking the Northeast's Prestigious suburbs and the Philadelphia Main Line suburbs rank 2nd as of now to NYC CT suburbs.

MD is actually polling ahead of NOVA.

DC does not have railroad suburbs that are historic. It has no suburban legacy. Philadelphia does. (The Philadelphia Story is all about the Old Money class of the Main Line).

DC is a very nice city and it has come a long way. I love DC always will. I think Philadelphia is a bit more dynamic and attracts more of an artistic multifaceted vibe, which overall is why I think it is pulling ahead in the poll.

I also think the Philadelphia suburbs overall are much nicer than the DC suburbs. They are much older and more historic and offer so much character that can really only be rivaled by NYC, BOS and CHI which all are the cities with legacy railroad suburbs.

DC did not have rail service until the 70s and it really did not extend into the further reaches of its suburbs until the 2000s. The other cities had suburban transit back in the 1800s and for most it was used as a 2nd home from wealthy families who owned a large townhome in the city and wanted a second estate/home located in what then was the country.

The town centers grew to provide the services to these wealthy families with what was then their country homes dating back to the 1800s.

This is why the PHL, BOS, NYC and CHI suburbs are very historic and far more interesting. IMO.
I personally don't care much about historic, streetcar suburbs, but it appears as though DC did have them as well.

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