Review of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Philly has always been my home.
Star Rating - 2/22/2019
I grew up in Philadelphia and continue to reside here. I have lived in several different areas of the city over the years, and have watched neighborhoods change. Philadelphia used to be the fourth largest city for many years, just after New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago.. then Philly. Now Houston and Phoenix just beat us in population because they keep moving their city borders out further and further and counting that as city, where Philly has had the same geographical borders since 1854. Well if we expanded our city limits to our suburbs, we'd have an extra 8 million people. Just saying'. I don't consider those last two cities real cities anyway because if you live in a single family home and drive to work and don't have a subway system, your "city" is actually a suburb. Just saying' again. I've watched gentrification take over neighborhoods such as Fishtown and south Philly because Center City became so expensive. I remember when rent in Old City was dirt cheap. And I lived in a one bedroom at 8th and Pine and paid $410 a month including heat and hot water. Now rents are extortionate as wages do not increase to adjust for inflation and high rental prices as its "trendy" now to live in cities. Back in the 1970's everyone was escaping the cities. Now the suburbanites are taking over because they think its "cool" to live in the city, but they have absolutely no clue the amount of crime in this city and are shocked when they themselves become victims. Just saying' again. True Philadelphians are hard working blue collar working class to lower middle class families. Thats true Philadelphia. Not privileged suburbanites who's parents paid for your college educations and you come out of school never having had a job prior making upper-class incomes and then rent "lofts" in Old City and think you are hip. Most of true Philadelphians are not privileged. This is traditionally a blue collar, underdog town. I remember when the city ran out of money and the Mayer told the cops and fire companies to "work on faith".. thats how this city struggled. With all that said, I am glad some are making improvements to neighborhoods and renovating these beautiful old rowhomes and brownstoness and keeping value in the city. It will always be my home. But know it hasn't always been so trendy to live in the city and the long term residents understand what I'm saying. Still I wish the city much love and hope it keeps making positive strides towards improvements. Yes, I would recommend living here.
Dee | Philadelphia, PA
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Good to read! Reminds me of what's happened to Portland, Oregon. My family left Philadelphia when I was 8, and I've always been so nostalgic for it that I'm seriously thinking of moving back. I pay 1,200 a month for a two bedroom apartment here and was wondering if I could find the same in Philly, so I'm looking.
Vincent | Happy Valley, OR

"True Philadelphians are hard working blue collar working class to lower middle class families. Thats true Philadelphia. Not privileged suburbanites who's parents paid for your college educations and you come out of school never having had a job prior making upper-class incomes and then rent "lofts" in Old City and think you are hip." So people are supposed to just remain frozen in whatever economic class they've been born into? My mother grew up in Kensington. She went to what was then Philadelphia College of Art, on a scholarship. My father's father was a Methodist minister (as my father later was, as well), so he came from a middle class, but not remotely wealthy, background. My mother's sister married another native-born Philadelphian with only a high school education who went on to make a six-figure income as a sales executive at a large corporation whose name you would recognize. That sort of thing was possible back then. My maternal grandfather trained to be a carpenter, but couldn't find work in that area during the Depression, and ended up working as a Philadelphia police officer. Eventually, he and my grandmother were able to move from a Kensington row house to a nice, but small, ranch house in Fox Chase, with Pennypack Park butting up against their back yard. (Of course, they didn't need anything large, even if they could have afforded it, since it was just the two of them.) Yes, my parents paid for my siblings' and my college education. And we grew up in the suburbs, as well as Philadelphia. (Since my father was a Methodist minister, we moved around quite a bit, and my father only had partial choice in where we ended up moving.) I don't think my mother or her parents would have taken kindly to the idea that if you are successfully upwardly mobile, and can provide your children with a free college education, you somehow are no longer a real Philadelphian, or your children are just alien interlopers when they move back to Philadelphia. But this all has what you might consider a happy ending, since I have ended up economically downwardly mobile. That might not have gotten to the point it has now, had it not been for a relocation forced on me by health issues, but I have to admit I have not been very good at making the most of the money I have, unlike the grandparents I mentioned earlier. I think all of that otherworldly idealism I imbibed at home was not particularly helpful, but it might just be the way I am wired, as well.
Rudy | Philadelphia, PA
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