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Old 06-06-2008, 10:51 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia,New Jersey, NYC!
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ok, i've heard the whole boston downtown, detroit outskirts...

any others?
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Old 06-07-2008, 06:12 AM
 
Location: a swanky suburb in my fancy pants
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I have always thought Philadelphia had the most in common with Montreal. It is old and was one of the big, big cities when there weren't that many. It is a city that has so much to offer, more than most North American cities. Yet at the same time it isn't as important as it used to be, maybe left behind by some places. On the other hand it has plenty going on, again more than many cities but it is no longer on the cutting edge as it once was. Also both cities have some grit and rough edges due to age and hard wear and plenty of old entrenched working class neighborhoods surrounding a flashy downtown.
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Old 06-07-2008, 06:23 AM
 
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Philly reminds me of slightly smaller Chicago.
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Old 06-07-2008, 10:08 AM
 
Location: Villanova Pa.
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Philly reminds me of slightly smaller Chicago.
I agree.Many characteristics of Chicago on a much smaller scale.

The per capita economic and crime data is very similar.
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Old 06-11-2008, 01:00 PM
 
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Baltimore, Chicago - in that order. And I happen to love Montreal and really like Boston, but there's a certain rowhome/flat, industrial heritage about Philly, Blt & Chi that all the renewal just can't seem to scrub away.
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Old 06-11-2008, 03:10 PM
 
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My understanding is that Philadelphia is on the whole cheaper and has a slightly better job market than Baltimore? True or false?
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Old 06-11-2008, 03:11 PM
 
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I'm going to be renting, so in comparison, Philly looks to be cheaper. I don't ever plan on buying. I know a home there can cost though.
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Old 06-11-2008, 07:45 PM
 
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As I may have said on another recent thread, IMO Baltimore has become somewhat of a feeder to the DC job market. So that has driven up the cost of living in areas close to the MARC commuter trains that travel down to Washington. In the meantime, the Philly metro job market is relatively stronger and is not nearly so dependent on the recent NYC super-commuter trend.

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My understanding is that Philadelphia is on the whole cheaper and has a slightly better job market than Baltimore? True or false?
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Old 06-13-2008, 07:58 AM
 
Location: Scranton
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I would think Philly is similar to other big rust belt cities....Baltimore, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Chicago. I guess Philly could also be considered a mini New York.
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Old 11-18-2008, 04:05 PM
 
Location: South Philly
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interesting. older thread here but interesting topic.

I think Philly has the most in common, architecturally speaking, with both Boston and Baltimore. Since Philly is roughly the size of both cities combines there's a mix of both.

Culturally it's somewhere between Baltimore, NYC and Pittsburgh.

As far as the vibe . . . I've been in Boston, Montreal and Chicago and have had those "this feels a lot like home" moments.

Really though, Chicago is a huge city. Twice the size of Philly. The scale is much more like NYC than it is like Philadelphia but the vibe of Chicago is a lot more laid back. I felt very comfortable there to a degree that I don't in NYC (which is strange b/c i've lived in NYC).
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