|By Kirk Bray||Friday, 11 Jul 2008|
Philadelphia is allegedly the sweatsuit capital of the world. I don’t know how they calculate that statistic, but it fits the town’s reputation comfortably aside from… ya know, all the killing and stuff. I live about as far north as you can get, just past murder-town. Since New York City is sort of the default city by most standards, I would have to say that its a hell of a lot better than Philadelphia. But Philadelphia rules Baltimore. Well, maybe not. Philadelphia rules Newark. And all of New Jersey for that matter. New Jersey really sucks. A lot. Anyone who has been to Brooklyn would agree that Philadelphia compares in many ways. For one, its about the size of Brooklyn as far as the metro area. Also, as opposed to New York City as a whole, where you have separation of high class and low class areas in large neighborhoods, i.e. Manhattan vs. South Bronx, Philadelphia is one big gray area of mediocrity. It instead has varying flavors throughout. There is the “Manhattan-esque” center city, which covers about a 10 block radius, including the old timey historic sections. There are the bohemian areas, including the ever gentrifying Northern Liberties, and of course South Street (however has become more like a skeezy boardwalk with headshops). Of course there are the bad neighborhoods, such as any neighborhood surrounding the main universities which hold within the opportunity for thousands of
naive young suburban white people, including Temple in north Philly, Drexel and University of Pennsylvania both located in West Philly. If I could sum up the city in one word, it would be waffle fries and sewage. I like waffle fries, and if
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I wanted to be pretentious and live on twice the cost of living for little more benefit, I’d live in New York and eat flan all day on Wall Street or Williamsburg with the rest of my elitist NYC pals while I cash checks from my parents. Philadelphia may be a little rougher, and a little more working class, but thats what gives the city its charm.