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Old January 10th, 2008, 06:32 PM   #21
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Now I proceed down towards the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, which is the main monumental artery of the city, somewhat like the Pennsylvania ave in Washington D.C. (which you can see in my other thread )

Downtown is still very close
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Looking back at the City Hall (all major roads in the city end up with a view of it)
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These buildings work very well with each other
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That's the Benjamin Frankling Parkway
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Every country along this avenue has a pole dedicated to it with a flag and a name of the country in English and in the native language
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Proceeding further down and looking left at the different park of the downtown
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We're nearing Logan Circle which is surrounded by grand neoclassical buildings and an imposing Cathedral. In the middle of it is a fountain but it's not operation at this time of the year.
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"Hey, take a picture of me!"
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Now back to the Cathedral for more interior shots
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There are two of these buildings, standing next to each other
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(that commieblock behind the Cathedral sort of ruins the view a bit, imho)
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It's a very nice, monumental yet relaxed place, hence so many pics of it
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Communist China vs Capitalism
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The place is filled with statues
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Looking left at the outer downtown in the distance
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Notice the Scottish flag, kind of strange. They also had Wales up.
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One of America's top-25 most visited museums
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Another museum in close proximity, the Natural Museum smth smth with dinosaur skeletons
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The parkway ends with a famous Museum of Art
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Looking onto the Logan Circle from the Benjamin Franklin Museum of Science
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Looking back at the City Hall, this is zoomed in of course
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The downtown outskirts are visible to our left
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The whole area has an international feel to it, perhaps due to the flags
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The view back towards the Logan Circle from further down the parkway. Hate that Sheraton commieblock
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The Rodin Museum
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The Washington Monument
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That's where I stopped to rest and take in the view while sitting on the stairs
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I like the skyline but walking through the downtown it feels much bigger and cosmopolitan. Ideally I want 10 more towers similar to comcast all over it
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Rocky
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Tourists. But I don't get these buses, you drive around look at the places for a second and don't get a feel of anything and soon forget what you saw.
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The "Cheese" skyscraper
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It changes color after dark
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Every 20 seconds the view was enhanced
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This is all behind the Museum of Art
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Now as it starts getting darker, I rush towards the downtown through commieblokish areas on its outskirts
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To be continued
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Old January 10th, 2008, 07:07 PM   #22
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Burlislav, where are you from? Vineland NJ? Looks like you had some warm weather.
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Old January 10th, 2008, 07:10 PM   #23
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Bella Vista and Queen Village are not far at all.
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Old January 10th, 2008, 07:17 PM   #24
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I live and study in NYC right now. My permanent residence though is in eastern Europe, from Kyiv. And yes, it was around 65-70 degrees.

Vinland was what the Vikings named America when they discovered it about 5 centuries before Columbus.

Well, I could have went to Bella Vista and Queen Village but then wouldn't have had made it to downtown along the planned route before dark. As I said, I had the whole trip planned out, and besides I didn't even know of those are interesting locations. I wanted to go to the Society Hill and then the port where the old submarine is if I had extra time left, but I didn't. Perhaps I'll come back to Philly in the future.
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Old January 10th, 2008, 07:25 PM   #25
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wow, wonderful pics. philadelphia is such a beautiful city
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Old January 10th, 2008, 07:32 PM   #26
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Wow, great coverage.

Burislav,

Philadelphia has always indicated that it has the 3rd largest downtown in residential population in the U.S. and maybe number 2 in 2010. Walking around the city do you get the feel of it being that large?
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Old January 10th, 2008, 07:45 PM   #27
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Wow, great coverage.

Burislav,

Philadelphia has always indicated that it has the 3rd largest downtown in residential population in the U.S. and maybe number 2 in 2010. Walking around the city do you get the feel of it being that large?
Depends what they mean by the downtown. What I call the downtown is the business area, there aren't that many residential buildings there. But I haven't been to Chicago, LA and other major U.S. cities so make the comparison anyway. But the atmosphere is strikingly urban, basically the busiest intersections feel like Manhattan, except that people appear to smile more and are more relaxed and friendly. One woman that was walking by and saw us looking at the skyscrapers and taking pictures stopped to make small chat about them and also looked up - not something you'd experience in Manhattan

I actually found Philadelphia rather similar to Toronto in terms of its business downtown feel.
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Old January 10th, 2008, 09:03 PM   #28
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The long line you mentioned at city hall was due to the new mayor. He promised to shake everyone's hand who came by and ended up staying for many hours until he did just that- even chatted with a lot of people- more than just a "hey, how ya doin".

Here's the story
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Old January 10th, 2008, 09:07 PM   #29
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In this set of pictures we will finally arrive in the downtown. There were some residential streets between the Museum of Art area and the downtown and even with tiny alleys going sideways like in the earlier sets of pictures.

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Philladelphian commieblock
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We have arrived
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Church surrounded by skyscrapers
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A wall of glass
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Going around the Comcast
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Every skyscraper fan has to start drooling somewhere around this point
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ahhhh
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It's such a perfect skyscraper
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Old January 11th, 2008, 01:26 AM   #30
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Well, skyscraper fans, this is the end, the last set of pics!


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Now we're at the Rittenhouse park, sort of their a la Manhattan Central Park, very nice place where people walk their dogs and just hang out. It's surrounded by architecture of various styles, but since it was so dark it was difficult to capture it. It is located right outside the downtown so it is easily visible, providing a vibrant scenery.
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Now back to the very center of the city where everything was packed with thousands of people, tv crew cars/vans, police and a truck with portable loo's
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Here are the arriving loos
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There is an underground mall (sort of) under the very center of the city, some shops, fast food and access to the mass transit.
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Some more of the comcast
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Old January 11th, 2008, 05:22 PM   #31
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Center City is considered downtown and it has the 3rd largest population in the US.
The central business district is part of Center City which makes it sound confusing.
Center City feels big not like Chicago or New York but bigger than anything else I've encountered in this country. What makes Philadelphia so intimate are its incredibly small blocks. They are tiny even though they house giant skyscrapers.
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What an exquisite set of pics of an awesome city )
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Old January 11th, 2008, 08:51 PM   #33
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Awesome nightime pics.
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Center City is considered downtown and it has the 3rd largest population in the US.
The central business district is part of Center City which makes it sound confusing.
Center City feels big not like Chicago or New York but bigger than anything else I've encountered in this country. What makes Philadelphia so intimate are its incredibly small blocks. They are tiny even though they house giant skyscrapers.
Philadelphia has 40 million square feet of Commercial office space in it's city center it has nowhere near the massiveness of Chicago and forget about New York. I would say that the outer neighborhoods of Philadelphia can rival both cities outer neighborhoods in all aspects.

My question to you is why is philadelphia so underrated to smaller cities and similar cities of it's size or any other city in this country?



Some time ago I created a thread to analyze a 800 square mile radius for u.s. cities and Philadelphia had 4 million people in a 800 square mile radius which is alot for and underrated city.


Why is Philadelphia so underrated?
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I don't think Philadelphia is underrated. It is undiscovered. Strangely, the city has been around for almost 400 years. It was very popular in the 1800s as it was the 2nd largest English speaking city in the world.

I grew up in and out of NYC and never bothered to ever visit Philadelphia until I was 18.

Part of the reason that Philly is off of the radar is because NYC is so close. Its kind of like Montevideo and Buenos Aires. Also, Americans are not as curious as they should be IMO. Also, Philly is not linked with I-95 like the rest of the Northeast corridor. Philly gets bypassed and people dont see it. It is hidden. I notice in a lot of newspapers that the weather maps usually say Boston, NYC, Washington DC. Philly is often excluded because there is not enough room on those small maps for the word Philadelphia to be crammed between NYC and DC. Meanwhile Baltimore and Philly are both larger than Boston or DC. It is rather ironic.

Europeans know more about Philadelphia than most Americans because they are more educated with world history.

Here is the perfect example...hmm where is Philly? Its only the nations 5th largest city.

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Old January 12th, 2008, 07:11 PM   #36
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I probably should have made separate threads, since there are so many pics.

As to Philadelphia being underrated in America that's true, nobody really sees it as one of the major cities in the country.
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Old January 12th, 2008, 08:24 PM   #37
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At least they got Cut Bank, Montana on there!
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Top-notch photos..and a very comprehensive tour of Philadelphia. Thanks!
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Old January 12th, 2008, 11:35 PM   #39
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My pleasure. Actually some of the pics aren't showing because of the limit on flickr (I had to make 3 accounts as it is to upload everything).
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Old January 23rd, 2008, 10:03 PM   #40
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You were right Burislav, Philadelphia is as interesting as Boston. Indeed, you made hundreds of photos. Good job! Haven't you thought about creating your own website? How long did you stay in Philadelphia?

I'm curious why Philly is so not popular.

Could someone explain me what are they waiting for? http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2167/...4eaf33cd_o.jpg

This is really nice accent. http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2167/...4eaf33cd_o.jpg
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