Jun 3, 2008, 10:45 PM
Hi, I live right in the same neighborhood and do the walk over to Penn every day. I love the area, Locust in the 20's is very residential but within 5 blocks or so there's a lot of really nice businesses and activity so I think its a pretty perfect mix. I can't think of any major negatives, the area is among the safest in the city, there a 3-4 parks right near by, and people in the area a really nice. One negative is that public transportation is a little lacking, there are buses that can take you most places but I've found that its not really worth it to take them if I'm going less then 10-15 blocks (or I'm running late such that picking up an extra 2-3 minutes is worth it), the subway may as well not exist in center city, especially if you're traveling east-west, and regional rail is generally pretty good. Not really much else to add, be sure to check out things to the South of Locust when you get here, Rittenhouse is certainly a great neighborhood but a lot of the best smaller local businesses in the area are over near Fittler Square or along South Street.
If you're interested in a forum that's focused more on Philly generally I would suggest http://www.phillyblog.com/philly/ though its not quite as active as these forums are. The neighborhood would fall into the Center City area of the site while Penn is in University City and we're right next to the areas covered by the "South West Center City" label (the area nearby is basically General Hospital / G-Ho but that's a source of endless annoying debate).
Jun 18, 2008, 9:53 AM
Okay, I have been alowed to finally make a post. Hello all! I grew up in the western suburbs and still live here. Although I never actually lived within the city limits, I still consider myself a philly person.... Both my parents were born and raised and that just kinda rubs off on you. Evryone in the Delaware Valley knows of all Philly's problems, yet we know it also a great place to live, with all the diverse kinds of areas. Rich, poor and in bertween feel a special kinship to this area. There is a reason why Pennsylvania has the second largest senior age group the country. Philadelphia and its surrounding counties is place you don't move from. You might move to south Jersey or to Delaware or Bucks county, but you still stay in the area. I guess it's a psychological thing.
It's going to fun talking about different aspects of the Philly experience. Yeah, it's true... we do have a small inferiority complex but the key word is small... any city being so close to New York would have the same. And New Yorkers love to pull a superiority trip when ever they can, but we all know there is no difference between someone from South Philly and Brooklyn, the Northeast or Staten Island, Roxborough or Queens. To Philly folk and boroughpeeps(Manhattanites are not in this equation) we are like cousins who don't like each other, but deep down actually respect each other because they know they are of the same stock and breed.
I want to talk about Philly's former height restriction and it's whether or not it had anything to do with Philadelphia being a second tier city for most of the 20th century. is it cool to talk about that here, or should I satert a new thred?
Jun 18, 2008, 10:38 AM
Hello all from Montreal,
My wife recently got a job offer at her companys head office in Philly. She will be paid double her salary, which means I can take my sweet ass time to find a job.
We really don't know much about your city and the only stuff I hear is that its crime ridden (wikipedia). But then again, I'm from Canada so its not a good reference.
Anyway, is Philadelphia a nice city? I mean, other than the winter, Montreal is really nice. My wife and I speak three languages and we get along wonderfully with everyone, but damn, it gets too cold, so we don't know what to do.
I am a computer analyst working with SAP and have over 9 years experience, will I be able to get a job there?
If we decide to leave, what neighbourhood should we move to?
If only your american dollar was worth what it was in early '00s we'd leave in a flash! (WTF! its almost at par!)
Thanks for reading
When you hear about Philly crime in other cities, you have to be informed on one thing. First of all, most of the violent crime in the city is committed by the same 2000 thugs. The police know who these thugs are. For the most part, these crimes are concentrated in 2 sections of the city, the North and West. If your wife has as good a gig as you claim, you probably wont be moving to the sections. My heart goes out to the good people who are held hostage in these otherwise good neighborhoods. Historically, the working class folks of North and West Philly took and still do take pride in thier homes. Even the most wretched ghetto, you will find a house or two on the bolck where the owners strive to keep thier space respectable. Don't believe me, take a ride through West Philly any Sunday morning and you will see of whom I speak.
Jun 19, 2008, 2:54 AM
For the most part, these crimes are concentrated in 2 sections of the city, the North and West.
And Southwest, and South west of Broad, the lower northeast, Kensington... the only really purely good part of the city is NW.
Not to say that Philly is a bad place to live, but I wouldn't say it's limited to a couple areas... You can go in almost any direction from Center City and run into a bad neighborhood, unless you point straight up the parkway.
Jun 28, 2008, 3:53 PM
Here's something pretty cool I found:
Joe Sixpack's 2008 Philadelphia Beer Map (http://media.philly.com/storage/dailynews/beer08/index.html)
Dec 7, 2008, 3:06 PM
Not to stir up trouble and I realize this is rather childish but but this poster from Wilmington DE. (Xmatt) annoys the hell out of me. He hops around the SSP forum claiming affluent areas like West Chester, Chads Ford,Birmingham Township are suburbs of Wilmington not Philadlephia, and he also constantly reminds everyone of the ghettoes of Philadelphia and how closely poverty stricken Chester is allied with Philadelphia.
Anyone see the irony of the below quote taken from the Chester England Photo thread. Here's some chump from poverty stricken, crime ridden Wilmington DE. who has the audacity of bashing Chester Pa. and Philadelphia.
XMATT next time use Wilmington not Philadelphia as your reference to a crime-ridden run down dump. And keep Philadelphia out of your idiotic thoughts.
Wilmington unfortunately is no better than Chester or Philadelphia regarding your quality of life issues, so get your own home in order before you start bashing other areas.
Boy, isn't that funny? I always thought Wilmington was a suburb of Philladelphia....Even if it is a 100,000+ city.
Dec 7, 2008, 3:46 PM
Yo, cuz. Wiz makes the steak! In addition to what PhillyNation said before, no one, anywhere should tell a Philly person how to make a cheesesteak. Cheesesteaks anywhere outside the Delaware Valley are usually abominations.
Don't eat a mis-steak. :eat:
Sorry to rehash an old post.... But cmon, wiz???? I never understood the wiz thing. Never had wiz on a steak until my 30th B-day when my friends and I went to Pats after a night on the town. If I am correct, there are only 4 places in the whole city where you can get wiz on a steak. Pats, Geno's,
T Luke's and Phillips(21st & Pashunk). In an earlier post I mentioned that, although I am a suburban kid... My parents are from West and SWest Philly... Spening a many weekend with grandparents growing up.... None of the corner pizza shops even offered wiz on a steak. Now don't get me wrong, I just always thought wizsteaks were for the tourists(unless your John F Kerry, "Ill have Swiss please".... what an elitists jerk... wonder if he said "wit swiss"?) If you think about, I would say a wizsteak would turn people off... Just for the messiness factor. I am going out on a limb here, but I'll take sliced american anyday....
Now heres a story that really pissed me off.... When I was an over the road truck driver... I often stopped at this ....ahem... Pizza shop in North Carolina... They had good pizza.... They were New York Dago's who moved down south(Im half Iteye... so I can say That) But heres the kicker... On the menu board was... hold on to your fried onions.... "New York Cheesesteaks" and "New York Hoagies".... well let's just say I let the manager know that eventually someone from Philly would walk in his store. I also let him kmow(tongue in cheek, of course) that as a Philly person I was quite offended.... He told me to "get a life" and realize that these dumb hayseeds don't hardly order steaks and hoagies anyway.... They don't like the rolls... Anything crispier than Wonder Bread hurts what little teeth thay have... Now before I get flamed for those statements... they were exact quotes... I then proceeded to let hin know that New York will always be the Pizza capitol... But he should really change the steak and hoagie thing...
I guess Im a little crazy:koko:
Jan 12, 2009, 3:44 AM
I'm a Philly guy and it's been about over a year since I've posted and 4 years since I've lived in the area so I figured I'd chime in here just to give my impressions on how I find Philly today from how it was when I was last here. Granted, Philly's no shining city on a hill, but that's not the kind of soul Philly has to begin with. It's got grit, tenacity, and what I am seeing more than I ever did before is... positivity and a drive to move forward. Maybe this is my limited experience and interactions since being back in the region. Maybe it's not. Maybe there's a trend here. Maybe it's more than the Phillies winning a title. Maybe it's more than all the real estate development that has continued despite the recession. I don't know, but it's really something special to come back to a city and find it better than you left it. I haven't run into a deluge of negadelphians and I hope to God they have gone the way of the dodo. The publications calling Philly America's next great city are no joke. Oh, and before I forget - the food here is >>>>>>>>> rural PA. Lunchcarts, I don't know what I'd do without you.
Apr 13, 2009, 7:18 PM
Harry Kalas passed away this afternoon.:(
Apr 13, 2009, 9:43 PM
Damn. :( He seemed like such a nice and genuine guy, and his voice was so recognizable! On the bright side at least he got to see another World Series win before he passed. RIP, Harry, the games just won't be the same without you! :no:
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