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Old 10-13-2010, 10:43 PM
 
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I was originally from Lancaster area. It is the start of the cultural transition/decline from the Northeast. In Philadelphia, people don't gossip about their neighbors nearly as much because they are busy with a faster pace of life. I notice a higher concern with productivity and less nepotism. It is a blue collar town and people are earth-bound. The cost of living is under control compared to New York, and there are legit rural areas in the metro.

I know political debates should be avoided, but I detect a greater degree of skepticism towards the entire political process here. Which is good. Sheep are bad. I am strongly committed to my current job, but if it should be taken away, the area is much better for finding another one.

The traffic and mass transit system is the only problem.
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Old 10-13-2010, 11:11 PM
 
Location: West Cedar Park, Philadelphia
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Compared to most US cities Philadelphia's mass transit system is actually quite good... in the sense that we actually have one.

As per your original description of the city. Philadelphia certainly has a unique character, but it shares some characteristics with all major cities. Namely: a diverse community both ethnically, politically, and intellectually. You'll find some very backwards, close minded, bigoted people in Philly. You'll also find "sheep", gossipers, and your general good-for-nothings. However, being a large city means you won't have to interact with them if you choose not to, and you can generally stay in your own comfort zone. That's the great thing about a city like Philadelphia, its diverse enough that almost anyone can find their comfort zone here.
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Old 06-12-2011, 05:38 PM
 
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I've lived in Philly since August 2010. I moved from the West Coast for grad school in Philadelphia. I rely on SEPTA because I have no car. I think that overall, the mass transit is quite good in Philly. The subway and the El are great. They are on time, air conditioned or heated depending on the weather, and fast. My issue with the subway and the El are the stations. Some of them are pretty gross. The trolleys are great. They are smooth, quite, and reliable. Occasionally, there is an obstruction, but this is pretty rare. The Regional Rail is great, but it's expensive.

The most unreliable part of SEPTA are the buses. Some of this has to do with traffic (e.g. the 65 on City Avenue), but buses also break down or are off-schedule far more often than the trolleys. I think that SEPTA really needs to work on improving bus reliability and timeliness. Otherwise, SEPTA is a great system.
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Old 06-13-2011, 08:23 AM
 
Location: back in Philadelphia!
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I'd be interested to hear about these mythical major US cities where people DON'T complain about traffic and their mass transit system. They do in pretty much every one I've ever been to.
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Old 06-13-2011, 08:27 AM
 
Location: Lancaster County, PA
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I was originally from Lancaster area. It is the start of the cultural transition/decline from the Northeast. In Philadelphia, people don't gossip about their neighbors nearly as much because they are busy with a faster pace of life. I notice a higher concern with productivity and less nepotism. It is a blue collar town and people are earth-bound. The cost of living is under control compared to New York, and there are legit rural areas in the metro.

I know political debates should be avoided, but I detect a greater degree of skepticism towards the entire political process here. Which is good. Sheep are bad. I am strongly committed to my current job, but if it should be taken away, the area is much better for finding another one.

The traffic and mass transit system is the only problem.
I'm originally from Philly and moved to Lancaster County eight years ago and I couldn't agree with you more. It is very frustrating living here.
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Old 06-13-2011, 08:55 AM
 
Location: Montgomery County, PA
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I'm originally from Philly and moved to Lancaster County eight years ago and I couldn't agree with you more. It is very frustrating living here.
Come on, Lititz is a great town. It's the kind of place that everyone on here says they want to live in, except places like that don't really exist in the philadelphia metro and if they do they cost a lot more.
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Old 06-13-2011, 12:20 PM
 
Location: Lancaster County, PA
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Come on, Lititz is a great town. It's the kind of place that everyone on here says they want to live in, except places like that don't really exist in the philadelphia metro and if they do they cost a lot more.
Nice place to visit but....
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