Tell me why Philly is awesome

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The Pen Is Mightier
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Tell me why Philly is awesome

Postby The Pen Is Mightier » Thu Mar 25, 2010 12:54 pm

Still hoping for Upenn maybe, but I gotta sell the city to a certain someone. Neither of us has ever spent any meaningful time in the city so I'm basing my opinion off of Eagles fans and she's basing her's off of the first half of the Fresh Prince theme song.

Your insights are much appreciated.

Thank you in advance.

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Re: Tell me why Philly is awesome

Postby Amelie » Thu Mar 25, 2010 12:57 pm

It's more affordable than many other major cities. Really good shopping. Great cultural scene - lots of good restaurants, music venues, museums, etc. And it's only 2 hours by train to NYC and DC.

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Re: Tell me why Philly is awesome

Postby monkey85 » Thu Mar 25, 2010 1:10 pm

University City (where Penn is located) is a really nice bubble. You get a nice view of Center City (literally you can see the buildings), it is close enough to take the "L"/subway into Center City when you want to drink, and as Penn slowly takes over West Philly it gets safer.

Other facts:
- Penn has an awesome gym (Pottruck Center)
- Food trucks are really good by the school (try Kim's, Le Anh's, Bento Box)
- It's cheaper than NYC
- Penn students are just a lot more down to earth than other first-rate-school student bodies

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Re: Tell me why Philly is awesome

Postby swm5057 » Thu Mar 25, 2010 1:12 pm

Avenue of the Arts + Fairmount Park area. It's a mini-NYC that's more affordable.

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Re: Tell me why Philly is awesome

Postby Sauer Grapes » Thu Mar 25, 2010 1:15 pm

It's always sunny (in Philly)

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Re: Tell me why Philly is awesome

Postby Scurredsitless1 » Thu Mar 25, 2010 1:18 pm

If you go to the museum, you can watch dozens of people do the "rocky pose" at the top of the steps every minute.....

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Re: Tell me why Philly is awesome

Postby darknightbegins » Thu Mar 25, 2010 2:52 pm

Weather sucks and the people are Assholes. Other than that I hear its a great town.

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Re: Tell me why Philly is awesome

Postby Puffy » Thu Mar 25, 2010 3:01 pm

Apparently you now have 30% greater chance of not being gunned-down in Philadelphia:

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The city's homicide rate has fallen 30 percent from the grim total it had registered by this point in 2007, when the constant deluge of murders led to the loathsome local nickname "Killadelphia."

According to police statistics, 162 homicides have been recorded so far this year, compared with 183 a year ago, and 234 in 2007.

The city had 333 homicides all of last year, a 15 percent drop from the 392 slayings in '07.

The homicide rate - which soared at a time earlier this decade when homicides in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles were reaching record lows - is now among other signs of progress in the city's crime-fighting efforts.

The number of shootings has dropped 30 percent, to 781 thus far, police said.

Five hundred rapes have been reported so far for the year, a 13 percent drop from a year ago, while the number of gunpoint robberies and aggravated assaults involving guns have dropped 3 percent and 8 percent, respectively. Overall, violent crime in the city has decreased by 5 percent.

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Re: Tell me why Philly is awesome

Postby JuTMSY4 » Thu Mar 25, 2010 3:02 pm

darknightbegins wrote:Weather sucks and the people are Assholes. Other than that I hear its a great town.


Sounds like Boston...or NYC...

Actually, pick any city in the northeast and someone will say that...

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Re: Tell me why Philly is awesome

Postby KMaine » Thu Mar 25, 2010 3:02 pm

It's not.

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Re: Tell me why Philly is awesome

Postby bitlrc » Thu Mar 25, 2010 3:05 pm

the phillies and soft pretzels

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Re: Tell me why Philly is awesome

Postby HBK » Thu Mar 25, 2010 3:06 pm

Philly is NYC's dirtier, more violent little brother.

They do have Morimoto's though. If you go visit you should definitely eat at Morimoto's.

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Re: Tell me why Philly is awesome

Postby eaters333 » Thu Mar 25, 2010 3:07 pm

Paddy's Pub

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Re: Tell me why Philly is awesome

Postby quickquestionthanks » Thu Mar 25, 2010 3:08 pm

bitlrc wrote:the phillies and soft pretzels


+1

Not only that...in the morning, the steak trucks make these breakfast sandwiches with like eggs, and cheese and ketchup.

I would gain 20 lbs in 1L.

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Re: Tell me why Philly is awesome

Postby vanwinkle » Thu Mar 25, 2010 3:15 pm

It's not Ithaca.

Also: Jim's Steaks, Tony Luke's, Pat's King of Steaks... They're pretty much all good (except Geno's which is xenophobic).

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Re: Tell me why Philly is awesome

Postby BaiAilian2013 » Thu Mar 25, 2010 3:19 pm

-There's lots of amazing cheap food (the aforementioned food trucks, lots of awesome restaurants around the campus, and let's not forget Rita's)
-The shopping ranges from high end to dirt cheap
-It's completely walkable, from University City to Old City and back again
-It has lots of fun neighborhoods: a Chinatown that beats DC's and Boston's, South Street, Old City, etc.
-Frankly, NYC is fucking filthy, too. There may not be as much visible trash on the ground, but when you get inside and wash your hands, just as much grime comes off (probably more, actually).

Philadelphia is just really comfy. Lots of people trash it because that's the cool thing to do, but there are people who love it, too.

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Re: Tell me why Philly is awesome

Postby 56ace » Thu Mar 25, 2010 3:24 pm

The sign in front of Geno's steaks:

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-This is why philly is awesome

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Re: Tell me why Philly is awesome

Postby vanwinkle » Thu Mar 25, 2010 3:25 pm

56ace wrote:The sign in front of Geno's steaks:

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-This is why I am a xenophobic borderline racist

FTFY, 4-post troll.

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Re: Tell me why Philly is awesome

Postby HBK » Thu Mar 25, 2010 3:33 pm

vanwinkle wrote:
56ace wrote:The sign in front of Geno's steaks:


-This is why I am a xenophobic borderline racist

FTFY, 4-post troll.


Wow, you need to relax.

It says "Please" and it's a private establishment. If they want people to order in English, where's the harm?

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Re: Tell me why Philly is awesome

Postby motiontodismiss » Thu Mar 25, 2010 3:34 pm

CHEESESTEAKS!!!! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

Oh yeah, and cost of living.
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Re: Tell me why Philly is awesome

Postby bitlrc » Thu Mar 25, 2010 3:35 pm

geno's is racist because he can't understand customers when they speak spanish?

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Re: Tell me why Philly is awesome

Postby BaiAilian2013 » Thu Mar 25, 2010 3:52 pm

HBK wrote:
vanwinkle wrote:
56ace wrote:The sign in front of Geno's steaks:


-This is why I am a xenophobic borderline racist

FTFY, 4-post troll.


Wow, you need to relax.

It says "Please" and it's a private establishment. If they want people to order in English, where's the harm?

There's nothing wrong with wanting people to order in English. But let's be honest - that sign, just like all the bumper stickers and T-shirts to the same effect, isn't coming from a good place.

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Re: Tell me why Philly is awesome

Postby JMD.USMC » Thu Mar 25, 2010 4:02 pm

BaiAilian2013 wrote:
HBK wrote:
vanwinkle wrote:
56ace wrote:The sign in front of Geno's steaks:


-This is why I am a xenophobic borderline racist

FTFY, 4-post troll.


Wow, you need to relax.

It says "Please" and it's a private establishment. If they want people to order in English, where's the harm?

There's nothing wrong with wanting people to order in English. But let's be honest - that sign, just like all the bumper stickers and T-shirts to the same effect, isn't coming from a good place.




someone should take action to suppress that private business owner from expressing his opinion and being able to set his own conditions for service in his restaurant.

WHY would this sort of behavior be tolerated!

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Re: Tell me why Philly is awesome

Postby Puffy » Thu Mar 25, 2010 4:03 pm

Are people seriously arguing that the sign that was posted earlier is just some business owner letting his customers know that he does not understand languages other than English?

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Re: Tell me why Philly is awesome

Postby HBK » Thu Mar 25, 2010 4:17 pm

Puffy wrote:Are people seriously arguing that the sign that was posted earlier is just some business owner letting his customers know that he does not understand languages other than English?


I am not from Philly and have only visited a handful of times. Is there some subtext to this sign/restaurant that only a Philly resident would understand? Cultural tension, or a history of the restaurant discriminating?

It looks like a patriotic sign meant to inform customers to order in English.




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