My answer to Why Philly.

I am often asked “why am I in Philly?” These questions are normally posed by my Chicago friends, and the people that live in Philly that aren’t from Philadelphia. It seems there always is some sort of hesitation about living in Philly from the outside. I moved here 4 years ago, and from the minute I moved in (to an alley house on Addison where the car barely fit through) I fell in love with the place.

I am often asked “why am I in Philly?” These questions are normally posed by my Chicago friends, and the people that live in Philly that aren’t from Philadelphia. It seems there always is some sort of hesitation about living in Philly from the outside. I moved here 4 years ago, and from the minute I moved in (to an alley house on Addison where the car barely fit through) I fell in love with the place.

I grew up in the Windy City and still love that city and maybe someday will move back. I love the size, the skyline, the lake, the sports teams, the food and the people. What I liked immediatly about Philly was not just my surprise at how beautiful and old it was, but the feeling of a neighborhood within city walls. I would see the same people at bars, walking to work, and it felt comforting. I liked the fact that I could walk to Rittenhouse Square, or any number of bars and restaurants. It felt liberating to not have to depend on public transportation, or look for parking.

I now live in Fairmount and work in Center City. My commute is 1.25 mile walk. The only reason I might be a little late is if I hit a few more red lights than normal. After living in Houston for a year, and the traffic down there, I feel I am now in heaven. I also live a mile from Fairmount park and play soccer in the Philadelphia Sport and Social Club (I highly recommend joining). They is also a new website for Fairmount Park where you can find out the cool trails and parks near you.

Like Sherri mentioned the arts/culture in Philly are amazing. In fact I am thinking about paying 10 bucks to see an amazing outdoor concert at the Mann Music Center tonight where they are performing Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3. If anyone has yet to see a show at the Mann I highly recommend it. There is something beautiful about hearing classical music in nature.

I think I can easily reply to my friends when they ask me “Why are you living in Philly?” with “Why not?”

I said to my neighbor when I first moved to Philly 4 years ago “Philadelphia is an amazing city.” He turned to me and replied “Shhhhh don’t tell anyone”

I have a feeling Philly can’t keep this secret much longer.

2 Comments so far

  1. Frank (unregistered) on July 12th, 2005 @ 12:56 pm

    Ian, I get the same question from my Chicago friends. I must admit I moved from Chi-Town kicking and screaming…and have loved it here for the six years I’ve been here. I love it…and they’ll never know. Those who have come out of the heartland for a visit have said the same thing: “I didn’t know Philly had so many trees.” (I live in the burbs, actually.) So…More space for us…and those bad winters for them. Cheers. /f


  2. Sherri W. (unregistered) on July 12th, 2005 @ 1:53 pm

    Spot on about the Mann! Ever since finishing last night’s post, I’ve been coming up with more ideas for my “cultural treasures” list, and “picnic dinners on the lawn at the Mann” was one of those.



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