Is Philadelphia safe?
When people tell me that they are scared of Philadelphia, I always try to reassure them. I tell them that I’ve never experienced anything unsafe or frightening during the six years that I’ve lived in Center City. But then I hear about muggings in Rittenhouse Square (I met a woman who is a grad student at Penn and lives in my area and said that her classmates have been targeted repeatedly while walking home late at night), shootings on Sansom Street and a police officer who has died of injuries after being shot in a Dunkin’ Donuts in West Oak Lane.
I have always felt totally safe walking through the city, at any hour of the day and the recent events have started to shake that feeling of comfort. It now takes a concerted effort for me to walk down the sidewalk with confidence in my gait. I’m wondering how other people are feeling? Do you feel safe in the city these days?