First of all, I don't recommend visiting Philly during snow season -- weather here can be less than ideal.
Secondly, I don't recommend using a car when visiting here. Walking and mass transit are far better than facing the crazy drivers, narrow streets, and parking that's either too expensive or non-existent.
Thirdly, I don't recommend parking in neighborhood streets unless you know the area. Streets can go from perfectly safe to un-nerving to downright dangerous more quickly than I would prefer. Once while on a job doing technical work, I parked my car (VERY un-knowingly) in an area where, later, seven people were brutally murdered in one night in a drug deal gone wrong -- scared me no end when I read about that!! Find out if an area is safe BEFORE you park your car there!
But, if you decide (against my advice) to park your car along neighborhood streets after a snow storm, be aware of this FIRM Philly custom.
For all practical purposes, if a person digs a car out of snow, that parking space then belongs to that person. The fact that it is a public thoroughfare, and LEGALLY anyone could park there, is irrelevent. The way such a space is marked is with a chair or some other object. If you are looking for a place to park after a snow-fall, and see an object "marking" a parking spot, do NOT move that object to take that parking space. If you're lucky, you'll only have dozens of obscenities screamed at you when you do so or upon your return -- and that's what the five year olds will do!
Both Mayor Nutter and former mayor (now Governor) Rendell are aware of this custom AND the fact that it has no legal basis -- but are sympathetic to those who hold a space with a chair. It almost would be better to park in front of a fire hydrant -- then your only expense will be a tow.
Philly has a unique style of its own when it comes to residential homes all the houses are all stuck together in a row, sort of the same old style of homes you see in Ireland,Scotland and in England. Click the picture to see a 360 degrees picture