City Of Philadelphia Informative - Beware of Philadelphia

Review by lancer2 on 2010-03-02
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.
Comments:21 Replies - Latest reply on 2010-03-03
Posted by Slimjim on 2010-03-02:
Were you wearing a Yankee cap during your tour?
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-03-02:
A Rays hat?
Posted by madconsumer on 2010-03-02:
guess you should never visit chattanooga.
Posted by Ytropious on 2010-03-02:
So your posts can be summed up as "boo Phili yay Chicago"....
Posted by Slimjim on 2010-03-02:
While I'd love to debate him, Philly does smell in areas and isn't exactly the safest place to be, but at least we aren't stuck with the Cubs--(Steve Bartman agrees).
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-03-02:
Although when I walk the streets of Philadelphia I always feel I'm just one smart ass remark away from a severe ass whipping I must say it's one of my favorite cities in the United States. I really can't articulate why other than the food is just awesome. Better pizza and sandwiches than NYC any day of the week.

Chicago, Eh, it doesn't look half bad at night from an Airplane heading out of O'Haire.
Posted by saj80 on 2010-03-02:
I feel like I'm at a Rotary Travelogue.
Posted by Slimjim on 2010-03-02:
"when I walk the streets of Philadelphia I always feel I'm just one smart ass remark away from a severe ass whipping"
Your intuition is not failing you. For an added bonus, climb a traffic pole during a street celebration before starting any interaction with the masses.
Posted by jktshff1 on 2010-03-02:
And ya'll wonder why I carry a handgun wherever I go.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-03-02:
Jkt, I never wondered.

Posted by Anonymous on 2010-03-02:
Take a nice two week vacation to South Central L.A. If you're not black you stand chance of being dragged from your car and beat to a pulp. Banks and big grocery chains won't even open a location in the area anymore. People have to shop at little rip off stores run by the Koreans. Banking is buying money orders from the same price gougers. Every city has it's cesspool of humanity, filth and smells.
Posted by jktshff1 on 2010-03-02:
MM ya know that was not directed at you.
Posted by Critical_level2 on 2010-03-03:
I work in center city around old city area. Never felt unsafe or anything. I will agree there are parts of the city that are not very safe like Kensington, the Badlands of North Philly, etc. My friend lives in the Northeast and he has witnessed the area go downhill quickly. I have family in South Philly and their neighborhood is very nice, quiet and clean. I think the OP needs to speak about what area of Philly he is talking about as what he wrote only applies to certain areas, not the entire city as it seems he is stating.
Posted by localgod on 2010-03-03:
Visited Philly a few times...I have (not so) fond memories of the multiple beer baths I received at the Vet while wearing my Buccaneers uniform...bunch of bloody savages...City of Brotherly Love my arse! Voted VH!!! +100 to zzrock for mentioning my Rays!
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-03-03:
Philly has working class roots...so its a bit on the tough side. Lots of historic architecture to eyeball.... of course there is Geno's and Pat's.
Posted by Slimjim on 2010-03-03:
LMAO! localgod, is this you?? I thought you would have learned from your experiences at the Eagles/Bucs game.
Posted by Slimjim on 2010-03-03:
VF it's mot Gino's and Pat's, it's Gino's OR Pat's. You have to like one better and be ready to argue about it. It's a rule somewhere.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-03-03:
Slim, which are you? Gino's or Pat's?
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-03-03:
Posted by Slimjim on 2010-03-03:
Gino's (Pat's sammies are good too)*runs for cover*
Posted by lancer2 on 2010-03-03:
I was talking about Center City as well. Look around the area litter. everywhere especially Spring Garden Street. Subway is a urine lab. Walk the concourse around city hall. I would say that it is pretty bad in just about all areas. Obviously Kensington and other areas are third world bad. As to the people none really seem tough just rude. They seem overstressed, depressed just unhappy to be there, understandable. There are friendly people as well just not a lot of them. South Philly is the obvious holdout and looks good on may blocks. Gino's is my favorite good food lots of pics of the "Cities Finest", Police Officers who I really feel for. Many have paid the ultimate price in that city and I attribute it to chaos and a breakdown of law and order there. The Police are on the front line. Southwest Philly, Germantown many areas are NO FLY ZONES for me. If you live there then you need to do what you can to get it cleaned up and safer for the sake of the kids that are walking those streets. If you don't see a problem your probably part of the problem.

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