I live in this city. And from a personal standpoint I can tell you to stay in Center city. In center city I'd advise you to stay on populated streets. Don't walk to far, or you'll walk into South Philly. The downtown suburb (South Philly downtown burbs) are okay, but I'd advise you to stay in the tourist areas. If you go too far down in SP, you might end up in the ghetto. And I know that word is bad, but yes, the ghetto. Although some of the bad neighborhoods do have nice places, the nice places really don't have anything worth seeing. I live in the NW, and it's okay. It's a moderate neighborhood. Folks around here will leave you alone, but mess around and you can be targeted. I was jumped once by a group of boys my age on a corner onetime for no reason. So, even though my neighborhood is moderate, I try to avoid young people because they are the main ones that cause all the problems. A lot of them are wannabe gangsters that have too much time on their hands. So, as I said, stay in tourist areas and don't go too far out when in Center city or you'll end up in the ghetto. And for those of you going to temple, I'd be ON MY HIGHEST OF GUARD! Most of the violence is drug related, stay away from shady looking people, and crazy people. I'd also stay away from groups of kids, (Not racist) but particularly black kids. The reason is we had a group of young black kids jumping random people in Center city....Also, center city is very expensive, how do you think they keep the neighborhoods nice???Through taxes that's how. They might be outrageous with parking, but again, they are trying to keep it nice. You also might see police officers downtown, in the subway...
I visited Philadelphia for about three days while on business and I have to say the city changes remarkably after dark sets on the city. During the day (especially the afternoon) there is lots of people and traffic in the Center City area (this is where I was most of the time). This made downtown Philadelphia more comfortable for me, as I am from a very urban part of the country and I like the crowds and traffic. At night, everything shuts down after 10 p.m and there isn't much to do after that. When I was walking back to my hotel through downtown I noticed many homeless people and "gangs" on the street. On one occasion I overheard a conversation going on while I was walking back and it was between a man and a woman. The man said "give me the money *****" and as he was saying this two police cars pulled up with all the lights on and I'm pretty sure he was arrested after that. Keep in mind I had no idea this was going to happen and I was leisurely walking down a main road in the Center City district of Philadelphia. If you ask me, I will not be coming back here unless it is crucial and this city is not the safest city at all.
If you get accosted here there is no help,people will look the other way and pretend nothing happened...that's the general attitude here. And you can't even pack weapons for defense because the victims are to blame here and the criminals get away. City of brotherly coverups.
Listen im from philadelphia 56th and Catherine to be exact ......aside from the apperances philadelphia is a city of neighborhoods not gangs...there are no gangs in philadelphia we despise them..we are a city of individuals who make up neighborhoods and take pride of the streets that we come from...To me its safer for someone out of town to move about philadelphia than someone who is not from there because if you are from there you cant just rummage thru every neighborhood without there being consequences..If your a tourist the locals no matter what neighborhood would be more than happy to see you and help you, just you judgement and discernment on who you talk to and deal with just like anywhere else...The only people that really have to deal with the crime are people that are into the crime otherwise you can have a great life and make long term friends in philadelphia.....
While the city is apparently quite safe, always be careful when walking at night, especially if you're alone, and keep your valuable items with you, out of sight.