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Old October 15th, 2008, 08:46 PM   #41
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I like seeing Philly through the eyes of tourist myself. Thanks.

Glad you like my analysis. I think its fairly accurate since I have run it past friends in each of the 3 cities. They are the 3 biggest old "subway" cities in the US and are very comparable even though there are size differences.
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Old October 15th, 2008, 08:50 PM   #42
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Old October 15th, 2008, 09:16 PM   #43
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I like seeing Philly through the eyes of tourist myself. Thanks.

Glad you like my analysis. I think its fairly accurate since I have run it past friends in each of the 3 cities. They are the 3 biggest old "subway" cities in the US and are very comparable even though there are size differences.
You should also do one of Boston, that other great American city.
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Old October 15th, 2008, 11:12 PM   #44
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I will. I haven't been to Boston in 3 years...yikes. I will also include Brookline, Allston, Somerville, Charlestown and Cambridge since they are such a imperative part of metro Boston. I don't feel comfortable taking photos in Southie for some reason. I still have a fabulous BW photo of the entrance to the Middle East Cafe that I took during a photo class at NU.

I was just thinking about going up there because I love Boston in Autumn and I could see my alma matter Northeastern University and buy some Husky wear. Also I could see all the swanky new dorms that my tuition paid for. Is Cappy's pizza still around? How bout Shawarma King?

All of my friends have since moved from Boston so it would be strange to not know anyone and not have a fabulous Back Bay condo to crash at. When I go back I feel so old. I'll be 40 in 4 months...ouch!

Wrigleyville in Chicago is so eerily similar to the Fenway in Boston. When I was up in Andersonville on Clark I felt like I was in a flat Brookline on Commonwealth Avenue.

I was very lucky to go to college in Boston and enjoyed every minute of it. The best college city in America.

Let me take a stab...its been a while but here goes.....
Bostonians are very well educated and seem very polished. However they are the first to break out the Bloody Marys at brunch or the killer bud for a wake and bake. Bostonians can appear conservative and aloof but are very liberal and intimate in nature. Bostonians are not shy and will tell you how they feel which can seem rude but is actually very fair. Bostonians are very into aesthetics. This is why the city is so attractive. You will not see chain link fences or vinyl siding anywhere. Boston is not campy it is vernacular. You will see wood, masonry and wrought iron. You will not see sloppy people waking around in sweat pants unless they are from Revere or Lynn or attend a community college. Bostonians, like New Yorkers think of Boston as the center of their universe and are quick to make fun of other places. Bostonians are sarcastic and humorous and a little on the dry side. Bostonians are curious and want to know your story. They basically want to know if you are Irish and if you have money. Boston is a rich, well to do city that gets things done even if they have to spend the entire Massachusetts economy for the next 10 years. As long as Boston is the star everything is fine. It helps that Boston aside from being the the largest city in the state, it is the capital. Worcester, Springfield??? Aren't they in Jersey? Boston is very old but with a young population that likes to party and of course study. The accent is funny and so are some of the local expressions. Quirky, smart, experimental and well appointed are the Bostonians. College kids seem to adapt real well to the local culture as long as daddy is direct depositing. Boston does real well at preserving its past while forging ahead to the future. This is a city with a very strong identity. City of hearty microbreweries, scrod, chowder, "Cape Codders" and khakis. William Weld is a typical Bostonian. Big sports city especially with the Beanpot and all the colleges and of course the Sox!

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Old October 16th, 2008, 03:55 AM   #45
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How bout Shawarma King?
If I am right I think there are two. I am only familiar with the one near Coolidge Corner and yes, it's still there. I am all about the lamb and chicken shwarma and veggie grape leaves.

Having lived in, or in the metro area, of three out of the four cities (all but Chicago) I would say that your descriptions are all pretty much on the money.

Great pics! Great thread! Hope you get to go to Boston soon!
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Old October 17th, 2008, 06:20 AM   #46
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Great pictures.
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Old October 17th, 2008, 06:53 PM   #47
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Used to live there back in 1990. It's a great place! Love your pictures!!
I miss Chi-town.
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Old October 17th, 2008, 09:10 PM   #48
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Steven why don't you move back? I am ready to give up my tropical lifestyle for the urban arctic. How is the graphic design scene there?
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Old October 21st, 2008, 03:19 AM   #49
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UrbanSophist I wrote a Boston description for you.
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Old November 13th, 2008, 01:22 AM   #50
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I think I may be moving to Chicago. I am not a fan of Old Man Winter but there is not one decent walkable city in the South with good jobs.
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Old November 13th, 2008, 03:21 AM   #51
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Wow! That was a great tour Philadweller. I see you had fun @ The Bean ( I love the people shots). You can't help but not love Chicago...it only takes a second for the place to grow on you. I loved your descriptions of Phila, NYC, Chi btw --three cities I treasure dearly.
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Old November 13th, 2008, 03:21 AM   #52
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Awesome pics man, you just made me miss Chicago even more (at school about 5 hrs away)
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Old November 13th, 2008, 06:27 AM   #53
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I think I may be moving to Chicago. I am not a fan of Old Man Winter but there is not one decent walkable city in the South with good jobs.
I had an appointment in Kendall the other day.
I walked from 1900 N. Bayshore to the Omni Station, took the metro mover to Govt. Center, took the metrorail to Dadeland North, and bus to Kendall. Everything worked smoothly, and I don't think it took me more than 45 minutes for the whole trip.

And talk about sidewalk cafes and decent street life - Ocean, Collins, Washington, Española, Lincoln, MDCWolfson (downtown), North Beach, Omni, Brickell, The Grove, The Gables, Little Havana ... not to mention areas where you would not expect street life, like the NW.

Add in consistent sunshine, palm trees, beautiful beaches, and warm temps, and I would say think twice... and I am an Illinois native.
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Old January 1st, 2009, 03:34 AM   #54
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"And talk about sidewalk cafes and decent street life - Ocean, Collins, Washington, Española, Lincoln, MDCWolfson (downtown), North Beach, Omni, Brickell, The Grove, The Gables, Little Havana ... not to mention areas where you would not expect street life, like the NW."

I agree.
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Old January 1st, 2009, 03:51 AM   #55
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I think I may be moving to Chicago. I am not a fan of Old Man Winter but there is not one decent walkable city in the South with good jobs.
Old Man Winter is about 3 months, so if your not a fan of winter, the rest of the year will be great! Our summers resemble Florida, and we have great sidewalk summertime cafe's

Taken last June

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Taken last September

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Taken last October..... We won't be having outdoor cafes for another four months


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for the Pelasgians, too, were a Greek nation originally from the Peloponnesus
The Roman Antiquities of Dionysius of Halicarnassus
http://penelope.uchicago.edu/Thayer/...assus/1B*.html

Macedonia, of course, is a part of Greece". Strabo, VII, Frg. 9
http://penelope.uchicago.edu/Thayer/...ragments*.html

But north of the gulf, the first inhabitants are Greeks called Epirotes....
Procopius
http://books.google.com/books?id=9m6...page&q&f=false

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Great pictures. I like your photothreads. Really 'between' the people
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Old January 2nd, 2009, 12:51 AM   #57
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Chicagogeorge you just cheapened my thread. I am not into the "girls gone wild" scene. You did make your point though that Chicago is a beach town.
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Chicagogeorge you just cheapened my thread. I am not into the "girls gone wild" scene. You did make your point though that Chicago is a beach town.


Great pics Philadweller, and I liked your New York, Philadelphia and Chicago analysis.

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I am not into the "girls gone wild" scene
I don't think you are in to the girl scene full stop. Did Chicaogeorge not notice the pics inside Chicago's gay bars and the man on man kissing.
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Old January 3rd, 2009, 08:47 AM   #59
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I did see them. So?

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Chicagogeorge you just cheapened my thread. I am not into the "girls gone wild" scene. You did make your point though that Chicago is a beach town.
Sorry philadweller, I was just trying to add a different perspective to various activities people can get into in Chicago...

I removed those photos as not to cheapen the thread. That wasn't my intention.
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for the Pelasgians, too, were a Greek nation originally from the Peloponnesus
The Roman Antiquities of Dionysius of Halicarnassus
http://penelope.uchicago.edu/Thayer/...assus/1B*.html

Macedonia, of course, is a part of Greece". Strabo, VII, Frg. 9
http://penelope.uchicago.edu/Thayer/...ragments*.html

But north of the gulf, the first inhabitants are Greeks called Epirotes....
Procopius
http://books.google.com/books?id=9m6...page&q&f=false

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Old January 3rd, 2009, 09:03 AM   #60
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LOL! I think Philadweller was pulling your leg, George! I am sorry I missed the cheapening photos of Girls Gone Wild!!
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