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Old 09-13-2013, 04:14 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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I'm looking into opportunities between Philly and NYC for work.. May have to travel back to Cali frequently.
Noted.
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Old 09-13-2013, 07:07 PM
 
Location: Phila Pa & NYC
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If I won the lottery, I would actually move INTO the city from the suburbs. Probably won't happen, however, since I rarely play the lottery.
It all comes down to personal preference. Some prefer Urban, some like the burbs and then some even like rural living.
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Old 09-21-2013, 08:00 PM
 
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I don't think Philly is too bad of a city. I've visited there several times and had a chance to explore certain neighborhoods. There are some similarities to Pittsburgh minus the geography. I know crime is high and many neighborhoods are run down. Gloomy? Try living in Pittsburgh! The people of Philly seem to have some sort of reputation of being arrogant and rude. Quite the contrary when I visited. Unlike the Pittsburgh forum, posters on here don't seem to get overly defensive over criticisms towards the city. You recognize it's strengths and its flaws. That's definitely a good quality. If the people of Philly truly are pragmatic, you have me sold. So the roads are dirty and crime is high. It may be gloomy (not as bad as PGH), but it offers a much more diverse, cosmopolitan feel than where I am from. Definitely more open minded. I rather live in a dump that people admit sucks, but find ways to make it better as opposed to living in a dump where people refuse to admit any flaws by hiding under the "Most Livable" advertising scam.
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Old 09-22-2013, 07:45 AM
 
Location: South Jersey
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I don't think Philly is too bad of a city. I've visited there several times and had a chance to explore certain neighborhoods. There are some similarities to Pittsburgh minus the geography. I know crime is high and many neighborhoods are run down. Gloomy? Try living in Pittsburgh! The people of Philly seem to have some sort of reputation of being arrogant and rude. Quite the contrary when I visited. Unlike the Pittsburgh forum, posters on here don't seem to get overly defensive over criticisms towards the city. You recognize it's strengths and its flaws. That's definitely a good quality. If the people of Philly truly are pragmatic, you have me sold. So the roads are dirty and crime is high. It may be gloomy (not as bad as PGH), but it offers a much more diverse, cosmopolitan feel than where I am from. Definitely more open minded. I rather live in a dump that people admit sucks, but find ways to make it better as opposed to living in a dump where people refuse to admit any flaws by hiding under the "Most Livable" advertising scam.

Nice post... Been to the burgh many times and agree.

Its always sunny in Philadelphia
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Old 09-22-2013, 04:16 PM
 
Location: University City, Philadelphia
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What keeps long time residents with the means to move out there ...
For me ... it's the architecture. Philly was home to some of America's greatest architects: Frank Furness, Horace Trumbauer, the Hewitt Brothers, John Coneys, Louis I. Kahn.

I mean it's a privilege to live around so many great edifices ... City Hall in all it's Second Empire mansard Victorian splendor, Furness' Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art and the Fisher Library on the Penn campus, the Drake Apartments, the PSFS Building - the world's first "International Style" skyscraper, the soaring Comcast Center, the Art Deco 30th Street Station, Frank Lloyd Wright's Beth Sholom synagogue ...

Who could ask for anything more?
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Old 09-22-2013, 05:14 PM
 
Location: South Jersey
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For me ... it's the architecture. Philly was home to some of America's greatest architects: Frank Furness, Horace Trumbauer, the Hewitt Brothers, John Coneys, Louis I. Kahn.

I mean it's a privilege to live around so many great edifices ... City Hall in all it's Second Empire mansard Victorian splendor, Furness' Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art and the Fisher Library on the Penn campus, the Drake Apartments, the PSFS Building - the world's first "International Style" skyscraper, the soaring Comcast Center, the Art Deco 30th Street Station, Frank Lloyd Wright's Beth Sholom synagogue ...

Who could ask for anything more?

My office is in a Horace Trumbauer building...
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Old 09-22-2013, 08:43 PM
 
Location: back in Philadelphia!
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Let's not mention Horace Trumbauer without also mentioning Julian Abele.
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Old 09-22-2013, 09:16 PM
 
Location: University City, Philadelphia
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My office is in a Horace Trumbauer building...
What building is that?

President Amy Gutmann of UPenn lives in a Trumbauer mansion.
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Old 09-25-2013, 06:44 PM
 
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I am actually leaving Philadelphia soon, but stayed for many reasons. I could have afforded to move but I didn't. Why? What kept me here originally was that it's not expensive to live here, but given my salary not only could I have a great place with great neighbors and a quiet block...but I had zero traffic to get into center city (no I-95 nightmare), could get home early, and it has a lot of great food and things to do...but now I'm moving. Moving for better opportunities job-wise that have presented themselves.

After looking at real estate where I'm going, it's frankly pretty amazing to me that I could have had such a great place for so little - property taxes are cheap (in Port Richmond where AVI really didn't make a difference), heating the place is not expensive (I have gas heat), I can walk to a lot of great places (Taconellis, Dooeys Road, Hinge, etc..), a block from the park, and you can have so much even if you don't have a killer salary. As long as you don't live in a crime-ridden place, it's kind of a great deal.

So, I guess what kept me here was all of the things above. Sure, the city is totally corrupt, and if you live in a crime-ridden area it's got to suck, but I have to say - if you find a solid neighborhood, whether expensive like Old City or more reasonable, it's pretty nice. I pick up trash when I see it....so I'm not one of those slobs...and an old guy at my park volunteers and cleans it almost every day. I think it's all about where you live.

I'm going to be sad listing my place in a few weeks...
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Old 09-25-2013, 07:26 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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Part of the cost of living downtown is that you might have to take a job that makes slightly less. It's just a matter of what you are willing to pay for the life style. You won't get it anywhere cheaper than philly.
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