Big City Survival Tactics, Philadelphia
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.....
Because Philly is highly dependent on tourism, in every area that would have a lot of tourists, you'll find more danger from the drivers than from criminals. The areas which truly are dangerous -- and they definitely exist in Philly -- have nothing worth visiting.
Thus, a simple rule: if you, as a visitor, have no reason to go to an area of Philly, then don't go. Do this, along with following typical street smarts (as noted above), and you'll have more trouble with cars than with crooks.
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.