Philly Facts, Philadelphia
I know Philly has a bit of a rough-around-the edges, blue collar reputation, but as long as you're not an opposing team at a professional sporting event, the locals are really friendly!
They don't call it the City of Brotherly Love for nothing!
Patriotism is taught at an early age in Philadelphia! I was recently there for the July 4th (U.S. Independence Day) celebration and the atmosphere was really lively and fun. On the 4th, some of the best fireworks displays you'll ever seen are an annual ritual at both Penn's Landing and on the Ben Franklin Parkway in front of the Philadelphia Museum on Art.
By 1776, Philadelphia was the second largest English-speaking city in the world, second only to London.
Penn, who was fleeing religious persecution in his native England, founded the first city in the world to grant tolerance to all religions.
It was also the first planned city, a community designed before it was occupied, a city with five parks within a short walk of every compass point.
Map of the Historic District :
If you’re visiting the historic area, you might like to take a horse-drawn carriage ride through old city and the Independence National Park Area.
Carriage tours can be found on Independence Mall at Chestnut St.. between 5th and 6th St.
Living in the city is cool because there's always something to do. You can walk out your front door and have a dozen restaurant choices within a block of your front door. You can stumble onto new art galleries or a street performer entertaining a crowd down the block. And if you're a kid, you'll love running from block to block finding little parks and places to play. This is Three Bears Park in Society Hill where my sister takes my nephew to play on the swings and slides.
Like other Northeast cities, Philadelphia's weather changes dramatically from season to season. The spring is warm and mild, while summers can be very humid and hot. Winters are cold and often snowy..
Some medical surveys have concluded that 'Philly' is the most overweight city in America, and it's no wonder. Any time I've treated a guest to a true Philly cheesetake they beg for more.Philadelphia soft pretzels are also a taste treat must when you visit.The ethnic make up of Philadelphia lends itself to a variety of foods and you can find some of the best of your favorite cuisine somewhere in Philly. Tipping in restaurants is usually around 15%.Most people in Phila. are busy BUT a lot will take the time to try to help you if you ask for it.Drivers like to honk their horns a lot, so don't get flustered and definitely DON'T get verbal or make gestures... road rage is alive and well in Phila.
If you are expecting the dismal Philadelphia portrayed in the Rocky movies, be prepared for a pleasant surprise. Generally-speaking, Philadelphians are friendly and helpful to visitors. There isn't any specific way to interact with people except to respect others and be yourself.
The city is very diverse, economically, racially and culturally. As for the well-known accent, there actually is no predominant 'Philly accent,' but you will hear the famous 'yo' now and then.
The Art Museum has a special policy on Sundays; you pay as much as you wish. It seems late in the afternoon, it's pretty empty as well and the view of the city from atop the steps is magnificent. Perched on the hill, this plateau often has breezes while the streets below are sweltering.
PHILADELPHIA IS A HISTORIC CITY. AS ONE WALKS THE STREETS OF 'OLD CITY' IN DOWNTOWN PHILADELPHIA, AS YOU LOOK AROUND, YOU CAN SEE HISTORY COME TO LIFE. FROM THE HALL OF INDEPENDENCE TO THE BATTLE OF GETTYSBURG, IT'S ALL HERE.......
WE ALSO HAVE GREAT MUSEUMS, RESTURANTS AND EVENTS FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY TO ENJOY...SO MANY THINGS, I HAVE YET TO SEE THEM ALL!!
Re: A boring city ???
Wed Apr 10 20:11:46 2002
A: from America's Finest News Source (2000)
Visiting Gore calls Pennsylvania 'A Hellhole'
ALTOONA, PA-During a campaign stop at an Altoona paper mill Saturday, Democratic presidential contender Al Gore launched into an unexpected 40-minute tirade against the 'not so great state of Pennsylvania', calling it 'the nation's armpit' and 'a total hellhole'.
'Over the past few days, I have travelled all over your state and met many of you. And what has impressed me most is that, no matter where I have gone, my reaction has been the same:'Oh, God, get me the f*** out of this dump'', said Gore, who alternately referred to the Keystone State's 12 million residents as 'animals' and 'ghouls.' 'From Pittsburgh to Philadelphia, from Erie to Easton, the places and faces of Pennsylvania stand in direct opposition to everything that makes America great'.
Gore went on to tell the assembled mill workers that he 'couldn't care less' if he loses Pennsylvania's 23 electoral votes, so long as he 'never (has) to set foot in this steaming dungheap again'
Raising his voice and pointing at the crowd, Gore continued: 'During this presidential campaign, I have had the opportunity to criss-cross this great land. At each stop along the way, I have been deeply touched by the courage and conviction of the American people. But, holy crap, you people are craven, gutless cowards. I haven't the slightest clue what base and hideous interests of yours I could possibly defend as your next president. I do not even vaguely know what drives you subhuman pig-men, but I am sure I don't want to know'
Later in the day, Gore made an appearance at the Johnstown Agriculture Fair, at which he served as judge in the Sorghum Queen pageant. The vice president was overheard making numerous inflammatory comments off-microphone, including 'get these b****es out of here' and, 'This is someone's idea of an attractive woman?' One contestant, attempting to present Gore with a bushel of Pennsylvania apples, was reportedly waved aside with the words, 'No. No f***ing way.'
Gore concluded his day on the steps of the State Capitol in Harrisburg, where he lowered the Pennsylvania flag, shredded it with a large hunting knife, and urinated on the shreds. He then delivered a speech in which he shared the tales of numerous Pennsylvanians who he had encountered during his travels through the state.
'I recall Herman Eisler of Shippensburg, who fought bravely in the Second World War and raised a family with his own hands. When the Social Security Administration failed Herman-because, I don't know, he needed some pills or something and couldn't get them-he turned into a bitter, pathetic shell of a man that no one could stand to be around. What a loser'.
Added Gore, 'And whats the big deal with the cheesesteak sandwiches? They taste like s***. I wouldn't feed them to the dogs they're probably made of'.
Turning to sneer derisively at members of the Mnongahela Drum & Bugle Corps, whose 225 members stood nearby, Gore wrapped up the verbal assault.
'Every day I spend in this dark and evil state is sheer agony,' he said. 'A second feels like a week in the presence of you monstrous non-people. I would have left Pennsylvania long ago, but I wanted every last one of you grubby, ass-faced animals to realize where you stand on the food chain. You are not part of that chain. You exist outside the human community, and when I am in the White House, I will make sure that the whole nation-indeed, the world-understands that fact with no ambiguity. I will not represent you. I will not defend you. I will allow and invite any nation to invade and destroy this horrible graveyard of the soul. To hell with all of you, and good riddance.'
from 'The Onion: Dispatches from the Tenth Circle' Three Rivers Press, NY, NY, 2001. pp. 116-118
Merchant's exchange by William Strickland c.1830. In an original Greek Revival design Strickland employs the Choragic Monument of Lysicrates to mark corner of 2nd and Dock Streets