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August 07, 2014


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I lived in West Philly (44th and Locust, to be exact) from 2002-05, and am always very surprised how much it's picked up even from that time. I'll admit that I'm still surprised how much of a dump say, Market Street from about 13-6th is, and how many surface parking lots there are in what should be prime areas of center city, but it's a much nicer place, over all, from when I moved there for the first time in 2001.

Steven Freedman

Philadelphia has come a long way since the early 90's when it was at its nadir. Center City is one of the most walkable, beautiful downtowns in America, and the surrounding areas have really turned around as well. There are many, many issues still troubling the city, but the core is healthy and thriving.

Philadelphia also has several unique and wonderful assets, and I'm not just talking about cheesesteaks. The Barnes Foundation houses more Renoir's and impressionist art than any institution outside of Paris. If you have any interest in the history of prisons, Eastern State penitentiary is a truly remarkable visit experiences. Founded in the 1830's, it was North America's largest building, and the first penitentiary in the world. It's also tucked inside a great neighborhood, Fairmount, and is only a few blocks away from the Art Museum (Rocky steps) and Barnes Foundation. Not to mention Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, Fairmount Park, etc.

If you haven't visited in the last twenty years, you should definitely follow Al's lead and get yourself over there. And have a cheesesteak too.

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