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Old January 23rd, 2008, 10:40 PM   #41
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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
I thought about it, but it's probably too much work. Thanks.

I've spent about two days in Philadelphia, just as in Boston. These people were waiting to get inside the City Hall to shake the new mayors hand as I later found out. It looked really strange, tens of thousands of people gathered in huge lines in the city center.
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Old January 23rd, 2008, 11:34 PM   #42
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You were right Burislav, Philadelphia is as interesting as Boston.

I'm curious why Philly is so not popular.
Very simple: Because Boston is much prettier than Philadelphia.
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Old January 26th, 2008, 05:35 AM   #43
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Great thread! Philadelphia has a really nice and diverse architecture! The Elfreth's Alley Street looks very charming, actually I didn't know it would be possible to find something like that in Philadelphia; a big surprise indeed! Thanks for sharing!
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Old January 26th, 2008, 06:21 AM   #44
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Thank you. Yes, I have no idea why Philadelphia isn't that well known. It's definitely one of the most impressive and interesting American cities.
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Old January 26th, 2008, 08:06 AM   #45
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What do you mean not well known? That's outrageous! It's literally mandatory for kids in some elementary schools here in NY to visit Philly and learn about Betsy Ross, visit her house along with the Liberty bell. Atleast that's what I did along with all my other class mates. Anyway, it's good to see Philly's downtown isn't a dead zone after dark... Great shots.
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Old January 26th, 2008, 08:32 AM   #46
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I suppose I should've been more clear in what I meant. Philadelphia isn't as popular a tourist destination as many other, even smaller, American cities, particularly among international tourists.

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Old January 26th, 2008, 04:04 PM   #47
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Great pics and city! Nice to see some old American architecture, narrow streets etc..
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Old January 27th, 2008, 04:00 AM   #48
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I suppose I should've been more clear in what I meant. Philadelphia isn't as popular a tourist destination as many other, even smaller, American cities, particularly among international tourists.



From 1900- to 1990 Philadelphia was a complete mess,except for a few exceptions the city government was a nightmare .To make matters worse industry vanished in the biggest industrial city in the USA save NYC. While other cities were thinking globally and building skyscrapers, Philadelphia was fighting amongst itself in a constant battle of political corruption. The middle class and upper class fled to the suburbs, the city collapsed upon itself. 20th century wasnt kind to Philadephia. In 1985 downtown Philadelphia was a ghost town after 5 pm.

Philly is a good 30 years behind NYC and Chi but its definitely in the midst of a very nice renaissance. The retardation of Philadelphia could actually help it in the long run. It kept most of its 19th and early 20th century architecture in tact and Philly missed out on alot of real bad architecture that sprouted up in other cities in the 1960's 70's 80's.

I think Philadelphia has caught up to Boston and with its location between NYC and DC it has a very bright future
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Old January 27th, 2008, 08:49 AM   #49
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Thanks a lot for the interesting history lesson. Actually, not having known all of that, it didn't even dawn upon me to consider Philadelphia to be in a lower league from say D.C. or Boston. In fact, I had the opinion that Philadelphia was always a highly successful city. And you're right about the advantage of having missed out on all the terrible architecture of the 70's, perhaps that's why the skyline looks so "clean" and "sleek" today, with a very positive future. A couple more towers like Comcast, in addition to extensive midrise/highrise development and it'll be a top class city in the world, alongside with New York and Chicago.
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Great pics mate - and lovely looking city!
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Old February 1st, 2008, 05:36 PM   #51
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Philadelphia is cool man! btw, its simmilar to New York by archiceture
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Awesome pictures!
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Old February 2nd, 2008, 08:25 PM   #53
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"Very simple: Because Boston is much prettier than Philadelphia."

That is debatable, clearly a very ignorant statement. Both cities are very beautiful.
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Old February 3rd, 2008, 02:38 AM   #54
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Philadelphia and Boston are quite different, neither is more beautiful than the other.
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WOW, I'm going through all the old Philadelphia threads and this is by far the most extensive, absolutely fantastic!
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Old September 29th, 2009, 08:18 AM   #56
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Thanks I have more pictures that I'm too lazy to post, I went back twice since then
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Very nice thread!
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