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Old 01-28-2014, 09:01 PM
 
Location: MPLS/CHI
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These are two great cities that i feel are unappreciated. Both are finally gaining population wise again and they also happen to be my favorite cities. I am very interested in seeing in which ways, if any, how these two cities are similar.
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Old 01-28-2014, 09:16 PM
 
Location: The canyon (with my pistols and knife)
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Socioeconomically and demographically, they're very similar. There's no racial majority in either city. Chicago is slightly whiter and more Hispanic, and Philadelphia is slightly blacker and more Asian. Both cities have some of the finest neighborhoods in the United States, but also some of the most disgraceful slums. Both cities are seeing massive amounts of investment, but are also struggling to reduce crime. At the metropolitan level, median household income and GDP per capita are both similar. I basically consider Chicago to be like Philadelphia with a bit more elbow room.
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Old 01-28-2014, 09:24 PM
 
Location: Edmonds, WA
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Socioeconomically and demographically, they're very similar. There's no racial majority in either city. Chicago is slightly whiter and more Hispanic, and Philadelphia is slightly blacker and more Asian. Both cities have some of the finest neighborhoods in the United States, but also some of the most disgraceful slums. Both cities are seeing massive amounts of investment, but are also struggling to reduce crime. At the metropolitan level, median household income and GDP per capita are both similar. I basically consider Chicago to be like Philadelphia with a bit more elbow room.
Good post. I pretty much agree... though I would say, based on 2010 Census data, Chicago is quite a bit more Hispanic (29% CHI vs. 12% PHL), a fair amount less black (33% CHI vs. 43% PHL) and relatively the same amount Asian (5.5% CHI vs. 6.5% PHL).

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Old 01-28-2014, 09:59 PM
 
Location: MPLS/CHI
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Great posts! Thanks for the input.
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Old 01-28-2014, 10:21 PM
 
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Socioeconomically and demographically, they're very similar. There's no racial majority in either city. Chicago is slightly whiter and more Hispanic, and Philadelphia is slightly blacker and more Asian. Both cities have some of the finest neighborhoods in the United States, but also some of the most disgraceful slums. Both cities are seeing massive amounts of investment, but are also struggling to reduce crime. At the metropolitan level, median household income and GDP per capita are both similar. I basically consider Chicago to be like Philadelphia with a bit more elbow room.
Actually Philadelphia is more white, black, and Asian than Chicago but Chicago is a lot more Hispanic.To talk about similarities between the two cities, yes there are some similarities such as the examples that you pointed out but at the same time Philadelphia and Chicago are very different because they are two cities located in different regions of the U.S. with Philadelphia being an quintessential northeastern city and Chicago being an quintessential Midwestern city.

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Old 01-29-2014, 03:35 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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I think there are definitely some similarities and these are two of my favorite cities as well. They both are major cities that offer a ton but have a slight blue collar vibe that keeps things very down to Earth but also with strong Corporate sectors and all that comes with that.

I think Philly and Chicago offer the most bang for your buck of any cities in the country.
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Old 01-29-2014, 08:37 AM
 
Location: Crooklyn, New York
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These cities have a hell of a lot in common.

Subways
Walkable neighborhoods
Tall Buildings
Diversity
Professional Sports Teams
Density
Progressives
Millennials
World-Class Dining
Wealthy People
Yankee Culture
Nightclubs

They're damned near identical.
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Old 01-29-2014, 08:59 AM
 
Location: Mid Atlantic USA
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Actually Philadelphia is more white, black, and Asian than Chicago but Chicago is a lot more Hispanic.To talk about similarities between the two cities, yes there are some similarities such as the examples that you pointed out but at the same time Philadelphia and Chicago are very different because they are two cities located in different regions of the U.S. with Philadelphia being an quintessential northeastern city and Chicago being an quintessential Midwestern city.

Imo, they are very diff cities. I saw loads of twin homes in Chicago vs rowhouses here. I saw huge wide streets vs our very narrow alleys and colonial era streets. There is not one hint of any British Colonial history in Chicago vs a lot in Phily.

They are totally different. Philly is much more like Boston and Baltimore than Chicago.
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Old 01-29-2014, 09:27 AM
 
Location: Crooklyn, New York
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Philly is much more like Boston and Baltimore than Chicago.
I find the comparison to Boston insulting. If anything, Philly is more like Richmond.
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Old 01-29-2014, 09:32 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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I find the comparison to Boston insulting. If anything, Philly is more like Richmond.
Haha, well Philly is actually a little closer to Richmond, VA distance wise than it is to Boston but I'm pretty sure you're joking.
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