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Old 05-06-2014, 06:27 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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Why did he live in so many places?
Work? Some people have to.
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Old 05-06-2014, 07:26 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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Philadelphia just keeps getting better all the time.
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Old 05-06-2014, 07:41 PM
 
Location: University City, Philadelphia
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Why did he live in so many places?
6 cities is not extraordinory for a person to live in over the course of nearly 60 years. I myself lived in 5 cities, including Miami and NYC.

It had to do with landing jobs in Chicago and New Orleans; when he got married his wife was accepted into UCLA grad school; when my grandmother was in declining health he moved to Miami to look after her for a few years after that he accepted my offer to move into my house here in University City as he was now divorced and Grandma passed away at the age of 105. A few years ago his sister, my aunt, left him her Manhattan apartment ... but when I saw him a couple weeks ago we discussed him selling the apartment and moving back with me here in Philly. He loves NYC but actually declared he would prefer to live in Philly.
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Old 05-06-2014, 11:57 PM
 
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From another recent fellow transplant, I couldn't agree more! I've been here a little more than 4 months and have absolutely fallen head over heels in love with Philly! Cannot imagine being anywhere else right now!
Me neither!
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Old 05-07-2014, 05:04 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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Work? Some people have to.
Yeah ... I figured that, but sometimes there's a more interesting reason.
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Old 05-07-2014, 05:06 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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6 cities is not extraordinory for a person to live in over the course of nearly 60 years. I myself lived in 5 cities, including Miami and NYC.

It had to do with landing jobs in Chicago and New Orleans; when he got married his wife was accepted into UCLA grad school; when my grandmother was in declining health he moved to Miami to look after her for a few years after that he accepted my offer to move into my house here in University City as he was now divorced and Grandma passed away at the age of 105. A few years ago his sister, my aunt, left him her Manhattan apartment ... but when I saw him a couple weeks ago we discussed him selling the apartment and moving back with me here in Philly. He loves NYC but actually declared he would prefer to live in Philly.
Cool! +1 for Philadelphia!
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Old 05-07-2014, 08:48 AM
 
Location: Center City
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Why did he live in so many places?
This question spurs me to write. Let me explain why. There were two surprises when we moved to Philly from Houston upon my retirement 3+ years ago. The surprise I'm getting at is that nearly everyone we meet has spent their entire lives in the area. I experienced pretty much the opposite in transplant-heavy Houston where it is the rare bird who is a native. Personally, I have lived in 7 states. Why? Education & career. Many folks are intrigued when when they learned we moved here by choice. I think because so many people here are lifetime residents, they don't appreciate how dynamic this city is. Live somewhere else for a few years and you'll learn what I am talking about. Our many friends who have visited from Houston love it here. We have even had some repeat guests.

The second surprise is the friendliness of Philadelphians. The northeast has an unearned repetition for brusqueness bordering on rudeness. This hardly descries the people we've met over the peat 3+ years. I'm unsure why I should be surprised, because after numerous trips to NYUC and Boston during our years in Texas, we found folks there friendly, as well. Stereotypes are engrained and therefore hard to break, even when presented with evidence to the contrary.
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Old 05-07-2014, 10:41 AM
 
Location: University City, Philadelphia
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One thing I discovered about myself is that I'm a big city boy. I don't want to live in the suburbs. I don't want a McMansion. I don't want to have to mow the lawn or worry about weeds in the lawn. I don't want to be so dependent on a car. I think the suburbs are soulless.

Of the great cities of America - NYC, Boston, Washington, LA, San Francisco, Chicago - Philadelphia is so affordable. We have the museums, the great restaurants, the beautiful parks, the historic character, the architecture, the vitality, the excellent universities and hospitals. I think Philly is the last bargain on the east coast.
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Old 05-07-2014, 10:46 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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One thing I discovered about myself is that I'm a big city boy. I don't want to live in the suburbs. I don't want a McMansion. I don't want to have to mow the lawn or worry about weeds in the lawn. I don't want to be so dependent on a car. I think the suburbs are soulless.

Of the great cities of America - NYC, Boston, Washington, LA, San Francisco, Chicago - Philadelphia is so affordable. We have the museums, the great restaurants, the beautiful parks, the historic character, the architecture, the vitality, the excellent universities and hospitals.
I think Philly is the last bargain on the east coast.
Agreed, especially with the bolded. I have a feeling that the coming years will change that but Philly really is a great city for all kinds of people and always will be. It is my favorite city in the US.

I love feeling like I live in a small town (Germantown) with a block group, community gardens, farm stands, community potlucks, etc. but with the amenities of Center City a train ride away and the rolling green valley of The Wissahickon next door. Being in the middle of a megalopolis between mountains, beaches, the primate city and Capital city of the US also has tons of benefits.

I love travelling and one of the many reasons why is that I always find something new to appreciate when I return home.
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Old 05-07-2014, 11:03 AM
 
Location: Capitol Hill - Washington, DC
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I love feeling like I live in a small town (Germantown) with a block group, community gardens, farm stands, community potlucks, etc. but with the amenities of Center City a train ride away and the rolling green valley of The Wissahickon next door. Being in the middle of a megalopolis between mountains, beaches, the primate city and Capital city of the US also has tons of benefits.
THIS!! This is exactly why I absolutely love living in Manayunk! It's got that "small town" feel and neighborly connections, but it's still urban and close to everything.


Just as another aside that I've seen come up in other threads - I know Philly folk are sort of rough around the edges and/or unfriendly... but out of all the places I've lived, I have found Philly to be the easiest for me to make friends.
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