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Old August 23rd, 2008, 04:10 AM   #21
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Philadelphia more than any other US represents every period of American architecture. Originally settled by the Swedes which is evident in Queen Village, most of the city was modeled after English architecture with traces of German and Dutch. Of all the European cities that I've been to Philadelphia rowhomes seem to be very much like those in London's Kensington or Dublin with its Georgian facades. The ecclectism of the city is reminiscent of Barcelona and Montreal. There are pockets of conformity but most of the city is full of variety.

After living in Boston and New York City, Philadelphia is somewhere in the middle minus the prices of either of the forementioned cities. Boston is the most gentrified of the bunch overall.

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Old August 24th, 2008, 01:14 AM   #22
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Burlisav, where do you stay in Philly?
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Old August 24th, 2008, 05:01 AM   #23
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Some more
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What can I say...Pennsylvania loves steel.
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I'm the freak on the left in case you see me in your city taking photos and want to say hi.

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Old August 24th, 2008, 05:37 AM   #24
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Nice thread. I will probably be in Philly next week visiting family. Oh and I will say hi to you if I see you. And you are no freak, you are one cute guy.
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Old August 24th, 2008, 05:55 AM   #25
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I'm always surprised by Philadelphia. I really love its scale; to me it has the perfect mix of 'scrapers, large and elaborate high and midrises, and charming, human scaled lowrises. In some ways it's very low key, yet it has such an incredibly grand, ornate, well-preserved downtown.

And speaking of grand, this building (taller one) is its very definition:

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Could someone tell me what it is?

Btw 'dweller, you two make an adorable couple!
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Old August 24th, 2008, 06:12 AM   #26
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He he heh thanks, thats my best buddy Jim. Totally plutonic. Anyway that building is the Bellevue-Stratford Hotel which was the notorious site for Legionnaire's disease in the 1970's. The term originates from Philadelphia's legionnaire convention and some bad air conditioning.

It used to be even more elaborate, check out the wrought iron railings on the roof.
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Old August 24th, 2008, 07:41 AM   #27
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Yes, you definitely showed the urban vibrancy in Philly very well. Capturing a city’s atmosphere isn’t easy.
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Old August 24th, 2008, 08:50 AM   #28
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Awesome photos. though i want to see a thread of Neighborhoods. There are some cool ones in Philly
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Old August 24th, 2008, 07:09 PM   #29
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Anyway that building is the Bellevue-Stratford Hotel which was the notorious site for Legionnaire's disease in the 1970's. The term originates from Philadelphia's legionnaire convention and some bad air conditioning.

It used to be even more elaborate, check out the wrought iron railings on the roof.
Truly amazing... They sure don't build 'em like that anymore!

Thanks.
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Old August 24th, 2008, 10:04 PM   #30
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Excellent shots. Philly gets no love as a great city by many, unfortunaley.
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Old August 26th, 2008, 04:32 AM   #31
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"Excellent shots. Philly gets no love as a great city by many, unfortunaley."

Mostly by those who have never been to the city or by those who have lived in Philadelphia for way too long. Is there any other city that doesn't get the love it deserves?

"Philadelphia isn't as bad as Philadelphians think it is".
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Old August 26th, 2008, 03:22 PM   #32
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what a great city, i love those people shots, it's such a nice to see that you can hang out with friends in downtown cause there's a plenty of things to do
next year i'm going to take a trip through the eastern part of usa and philadelphia will definitely one of my stops
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Old August 27th, 2008, 03:26 AM   #33
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"what a great city, i love those people shots, it's such a nice to see that you can hang out with friends in downtown cause there's a plenty of things to do
next year i'm going to take a trip through the eastern part of usa and philadelphia will definitely one of my stops"

That is because all of my Philly friends live in Center City. None of them have cars.
A trip from Boston to Washington DC would be highly recommended. The northeast including Canada would be a an even better treat. Montreal, Boston, Providence, New York City, Jersey City, Hoboken, Atlantic City, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington DC, Pittsburgh and Toronto are all fairly close by.

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Old August 27th, 2008, 04:26 AM   #34
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Mostly by those who have never been to the city or by those who have lived in Philadelphia for way too long. Is there any other city that doesn't get the love it deserves?
Plenty. In the U.S. at least. Balitmore, being one of them.
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Old August 28th, 2008, 07:27 AM   #35
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Another unloved city is Los Angeles, which I love.
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Old August 28th, 2008, 06:46 PM   #36
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Why is it that everyone loves Boston, Seattle and San Francisco? I rarely hear negative things about these cities aside from the weather. I form my own opinions by visiting these cities.
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Old August 28th, 2008, 07:01 PM   #37
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Beautiful pics!! Must have been great to go home to visit! Hope you had a proper Philly steak sandwich when you were there...
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Old August 28th, 2008, 08:59 PM   #38
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thanks

That's the type of city that this site has enabled me to discover and looks so intersting, a pity that teh city is not that well known abroad, here everybody knows whats san Franciso, new york,washington, los angeles, las vegas, miami and maybe chicago might look like but Philadelphia... no; the noun is known but we dont really idetify or visualize it. Apity becauise looks like one of the most interesting city.

Thanks for howing photos that show life & people
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Old August 29th, 2008, 04:21 AM   #39
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Thanks. I did have a cheeseteak wiz wit.

Philadelphia is a big city with international obscurity. Ironically, Philly was more famous long before the internet.
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Old August 29th, 2008, 04:57 AM   #40
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WOW! I had no idea that Philadephia was so beautiful. When I think about Philly I always think of it as being rough and dangerous. These pictures totally prove me wrong. It looks like an amazing city that is sadly overlooked. Thanks so much for sharing
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