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Old 11-18-2008, 07:32 PM
 
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I have to vote for Balmer as the city most like Philly. Boston is noticeably different thanks in no small part to its proximity to the People's Republic of Cambridge.

As for Chicago, well, it feels different too. Probably because its crooks are in a different league from those in Philly and Baltimore.
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Old 11-18-2008, 09:25 PM
 
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Old 11-19-2008, 07:26 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia,New Jersey, NYC!
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I always thought of it more as Newark + B'more

I never got the Boston comparison outside of the old, classic architecture maybe

Chicago, never been. but, it must have a more midwest vibe, no?

Newark's actually a very attractive city architecturally. and the people are tough there too


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Old 11-19-2008, 10:04 AM
 
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Nice pic starks but clue me in as I'm not big on cities and to me a city is a city...which one is that? Heck it could even be here and I wouldn't know/care
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Old 11-19-2008, 10:31 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia,New Jersey, NYC!
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lol stuck. believe it or not, that's newark

doesn't look too bad
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Old 11-19-2008, 11:00 AM
 
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lol stuck. believe it or not, that's newark

doesn't look too bad
From that distance no...
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Old 11-19-2008, 12:59 PM
 
Location: South Philly
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I always thought of it more as Newark + B'more

I never got the Boston comparison outside of the old, classic architecture maybe
It depends on what you mean. Boston looks a lot like Philly. Aside from the fact that Boston isn't a grid, walking around there feels a lot like walking around here. Specifically, I'm comparing Boston proper to Center City and University City. But then, so does a lot of Baltimore around the inner harbor. Still, Boston is more familiar to me. Baltimore just feels different for some reason.

That's what I mean when comparing cities. I mean, the people in Montreal are nothing like people in Philly. So if you're going by culture there probably aren't many cities that you could reasonably compare.

The transit system in Boston is almost identical to SEPTA. The green line is 5 trolley routes that meet up on the edge of downtown, head underground and run like a subway. Their Red Line is the same as our Blue - the busy route that connects the university with the CBD. Their Blue is the same as our Red - the lightly traveled route that crosses the river into the suburbs. Orange Lines are the same heading into the ethnic enclaves and some rough 'hoods as well. Oh, and they're also famously behind the times when it comes to fare technology.

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Chicago, never been. but, it must have a more midwest vibe, no?
Chicago doesn't feel very midwestern. It feels like it's somewhere between New York and Philly. My first trip there we took the blue line from O'Hare into the loop. The train runs down the center of the expressway. As soon as it came up out of the cut my jaw hit the floor. We were still a good 6 or 7 miles away and the skyline took up my entire field of vision. It felt like if the Philly skyline stretched from Collingswood to 69th St. But when you're on the ground in Chicago, unless you're near the loop, it doesn't feel that massive. Chicago doesn't have a lot of rowhomes but much of it reminded me of the parts of Philly built after the streetcar - West Philly, Mt. Airy, Chestnut Hill, East Falls. It also has its grit, its run down neighborhoods then it has its hopping, glittering 'hoods as well. The vibe there is what's most recognizable. If it was 300 miles further south it would be my favorite US city, hands down. It's just too friggin' cold there.
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