Yeah the ANTI Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce is calling. Little heavy on the bombed out sections for my liking, not really a fair representation of the city.
You're well aware that it's not cupcakes and flowers everywhere in this city.
A lot of Philly slideshows feature copious images of skyscrapers and sidewalk cafes and little else. That is also not a fully accurate representation of the city. However, for someone who has never set foot in this city before one can appreciate the fact that he ventured out beyond the typical spots. 9/10ths of the photo threads in this forum depict either the rough or the glitzy side of places, usually depending on whether or not the photographer is visiting a place, knows it or depending on their personal tastes.
I don't disagree with your POV - Philadelphia has no shortage of rough imagery associated with it out there, a lot of it unnecessary - but Nicetown and Point Breeze is Philadelphia 2012 just like Passyunk Square and Society Hill are.