City Of Philadelphia Informative - Beware of Philadelphia
I spent some time in Philadelphia recently. My family is originally from Philadelphia. In fact I was born in the city and have an appreciation for what the city was. I want to inform you though that the city is in disrepair and is not a safe city to walk around in. I spend time in LA, Dallas, Chicago, Old San Jaun, PR as well as many Florida cities and Boston. None compare to Philadelphia when it comes to the astounding filth and awful smells. The city parking and transportation is a chaotic. Parking lots by the way charge about $30. per day to park in and that is your best bet. Meters are a quarter for eight minutes. You must be very careful while looking many areas where meters are frequently marked no parking with card board signs. Few provisions are made for safe parking in Philadelphia. English is sadly underused here. The streets are littered with trash and debris such as tires etc bottles cans and others in many, many places. I was told that financially the city is bankrupt as businesses were driven away by high tax rates. I can tell you that the word blight is an adequate term for what I saw here. The people are generally rude and abrupt. When you say hello it will not generally be returned. Be on guard with your car and pocket book wallet, whatever you have. East LA is like Mr Rogers hood compared to Philadelphia. There are good things about the city but they are far outweighed by the bad. Please be careful if you go! There are good hospitals and I think they have parking garages. I noted many city workers not occupied with any pressing work in many areas.
I think the city has great potential but at this time is still in free fall. If you go stay close to main wide streets and out of the neighborhoods if you can. Stay in lit areas if you must go at night. However being in Center City is no safety guarantee. I have walked all over Chicago and Boston and never felt as unsafe as in Philadelphia. Be careful and avoid if at all possible.