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Old 09-06-2013, 12:20 PM
 
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Anyone here agree or Anyone from London or the UK?
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Old 09-06-2013, 01:01 PM
 
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I completely agree and was thinking especially the row homes in the west philly area remind me of row homes in parts of London and the inner ring suburbs like Essex
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Old 09-06-2013, 01:02 PM
 
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Have you been to the London?
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Old 09-06-2013, 01:12 PM
 
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i can't agree with that statement at all. with the exception of perhaps some of the older neighborhoods directly to the east of independence hall I see no resemblance what so ever. Even rittenhouse which could be compared to one of London's many beautiful parks is hard to compare to london as london buildings cap out at 6-8 stories. rittenhouse being ringed by much taller buildings.

if you look hard enough any one city will bear some resemblance to another city, some building, street or park looks like X I've seen somewhere else. But the overall vibe of London and Philly are nothing alike IMO.
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Old 09-06-2013, 02:00 PM
 
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parts of the city such as northern liberties, queen village (formerly southwakr), and to some extent, francisville do resemble london in the way they were villages that sort of haphazardly grew together
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Old 09-06-2013, 02:53 PM
 
Location: back in Philadelphia!
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I've lived in both Philly & (central)London, and I agree that there are some areas of Philly that do resemble some areas of London.
Granted, I'd also say that the same could be said of pretty much all of the British colonial cities in the US (as colonial architecture owes a lot to the architecture of post-fire London and it's fire codes).

I don't really think that Philly really feels much like central London at all, however.
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Old 09-06-2013, 03:30 PM
 
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very little resemblence and even less as far as the feel of the cities

the rowhouses are a little different as well in the way look
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Old 09-06-2013, 03:31 PM
 
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I have been in London many times and know it well. London doesn’t really have a “downtown” as we know it in the US. The original financial district, called “the City” dates from the 19th century and is filled with Beaux arts buildings that look like the Franklin Institute but packed close together. The new financial district, the former docklands in the east end is increasingly filling up with glass skyscrapers, not unlike Market West I guess. The neighborhood looks like La D√©fense in Paris or Frankfurt. in Germany. Otherwise London is a sprawling, lo-rise city with isolated tall buildings scattered across the landscape. One part of Philadelphia that does look like London is University City because both places have a unique combination of Victorian and ‘70’s Brutalist buildings in great numbers. Of course Philly has the grid while London’s streets twist and turn as they wind their way through the maze. London also has a few neighborhoods like Society Hill and some areas with brownstone houses like the ones on Spruce St in Rittenhouse. I have no idea what "friends in the UK" were thinking.
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Old 09-06-2013, 06:55 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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Parts of Manayunk remind me of the U.K.
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Old 09-06-2013, 09:20 PM
 
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There are many beautiful, architecturally distinctive buildings in Philadelphia that would fit right into London; one would never know that they come from another city. They include the Franklin Institute (as noted by a poster above), the Free Library of Philadelphia at 1901 Vine Street, the courts building next to the library on Vine Street, the old Girard Trust building which is now the Ritz Carlton Hotel, the Academy of Music at 240 South Broad Street, the art museum and its nearby Perelman annex which was originally the Fidelity Mutual Life Insurance Company building, 30th Street Station, the old post office building across from 30th Street Station, several city churches including a couple on Broad Street, not to mention Philadelphia's city hall, which bears a striking resemblance to several buildings in London. There are a few more Londonesque buildings in Center City East in the Washington Square and Independence Hall areas. Rittenhouse Square looks like many London parks at street level; just don't look up at the buildings. Yes, the resemblance is there.
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