bceagles182 wrote:This is outrageous. All of the people saying that Philly > DC are certifiably insane. I can understand not liking D.C., but Philadelphia is arguably the second shittiest city in the U.S. next to Camden, which is right next door, coincidentally enough.
Philly is like NYC in that the entire city smells like shit, everything is filthy, and there are homeless people everywhere except that it lacks all of NY's redeeming qualities (e.g., NY has much better nightlife, nicer parks, lower crime rates, cheaper cabs, and a functioning subway system that you can take without getting mugged).
And all of these problems are exacerbated by the fact that Penn is in West Philly, which is even worse than regular Philly.
I refuse to believe that anyone who (1) has ever lived in Philly and (2) isn't from Philly, actually likes it there.
The main line is fine. The city is an absolute dump.
Have you ever been to Penn's campus? The fact that you even compare the university area with the rest of West Philly just screams derp.
Yeah, I'm gonna go out on a limb and say he doesn't know the city very well. Maybe those comments applied 20 years ago, but Philly has been improving by leaps and bounds year after year. The vast majority of Center City, U City/parts of West Philly through to the upper 40s, Grad Hospital, Bella Vista/Queen Village, Fairmount, Northern Liberties, Manayunk/Roxborough, Mt. Airy, Chestnut Hill, etc. etc. etc. are really nice places to live. I happen to like D.C. myself, but my one big issue with the city is its generic BosWash-amalgamation culture. Philly has a definite personality, and its COL is extremely reasonable for an East Coast city.
As for this whole "where does Penn belong?" debate, while its placement is superior to MV, it's also not quite on the level of CCN. PVM probably applies more than anything else, but since MVP is an inherently better acronym, I'll just stick with that.