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Old 04-12-2016, 01:13 PM
 
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I think the city of Philadelphia encompasses the best and worst of both worlds being a major cosmopolitan city, but, still have that provincial, down-to-earth, neighborhoody type feel within its borders.

What do you think?
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Old 04-12-2016, 01:31 PM
 
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Absolutely agree.

As a 12 year resident of NY, I'd say that description hits the nail on the head for me. Not that NYC still doesn't have that to a degree, but the "city of neighborhoods" feel ny once had is being choked out by money.

Love philly for that. Really hope it doesn't become that way here.
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Old 04-12-2016, 07:50 PM
 
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I love the provincial feel of Philly. Everyone in Philly seems to be from here. There is a local culture, cuisine, etc here whose NY counterpart cannot be found in Manhattan. You have to go to the outer boroughs of NY to find the equivalent. Similarly, in DC, go to a bar and you'll often see more people cheering against the local teams than for them.

That said, Philly also has the bones, culture, and history to make it secretly one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the country. Best mix of both imo.
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Old 04-12-2016, 08:14 PM
 
Location: Villanova Pa.
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Center City especially around Rittenhouse is becoming more cosmopolitan but overall the city has a long way to go.

I always harp on the unwelcoming highway scenes heading into center city. The Schuylkill coming in from the west is a joke of a sardine-can parking lot. Coming in from the airport? Where to begin. It would need $500 M worth of upgrades just to put a dent in the visual blight and pollution .

Philadelphia just is not laid out to be a cosmopolitan city outside of Center City.
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Old 04-13-2016, 06:44 AM
 
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I think the city of Philadelphia encompasses the best and worst of both worlds being a major cosmopolitan city, but, still have that provincial, down-to-earth, neighborhoody type feel within its borders.

What do you think?
Definitely agree with you.
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Old 04-13-2016, 06:49 AM
 
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Center City especially around Rittenhouse is becoming more cosmopolitan but overall the city has a long way to go.

I always harp on the unwelcoming highway scenes heading into center city. The Schuylkill coming in from the west is a joke of a sardine-can parking lot. Coming in from the airport? Where to begin. It would need $500 M worth of upgrades just to put a dent in the visual blight and pollution .

Philadelphia just is not laid out to be a cosmopolitan city outside of Center City.
It doesn't look as bad coming in from the north, from the Betsey Ross Bridge and I95. But, yes, coming in from other parts, it's awful. I hate the approach, from the south, going past Chester.
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Old 04-13-2016, 07:47 AM
 
Location: New York City
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Center City especially around Rittenhouse is becoming more cosmopolitan but overall the city has a long way to go.

I always harp on the unwelcoming highway scenes heading into center city. The Schuylkill coming in from the west is a joke of a sardine-can parking lot. Coming in from the airport? Where to begin. It would need $500 M worth of upgrades just to put a dent in the visual blight and pollution .

Philadelphia just is not laid out to be a cosmopolitan city outside of Center City.
At least when you are stopped on the Schuylkill you have beautiful views of the city and Boathouse Row
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Old 04-13-2016, 07:48 AM
 
Location: New York City
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Center City and University City and their growing circles of influence are becoming quite cosmopolitan, however they are small in comparison to the entire county.
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Old 04-15-2016, 08:19 AM
 
Location: NYC based - Used to Live in Philly - Transplant from Miami
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Center City and University City and their growing circles of influence are becoming quite cosmopolitan, however they are small in comparison to the entire county.
We are getting there....
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Old 04-15-2016, 09:33 AM
 
Location: East Mt Airy, Philadelphia
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It doesn't look as bad coming in from the north, from the Betsey Ross Bridge and I95. But, yes, coming in from other parts, it's awful. I hate the approach, from the south, going past Chester.
I'm certainly not going to disagree with that, but wonder ... what cities are even semi-attractive between airport and downtown? That'd be a good thread for the C-D General US or City v City forums.
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