Not so funny.

One hardly need pay much attention to news and such to know Philadelphia has become somewhat of a joke. Most often, that joke involves Baghdad in the punch-line. My family, tucked away in quiet suburbs, joke as well, about us wearing protective armor. This brings in a lot of laughs, but if you actually live here they’re uncomfortable ones followed by silence. I’ve lived here for under four years, but even I can remember when we all felt up-and-coming. Now, when my friends relocate to the main line or plan to move to an entirely different city I never wonder: “What’s wrong with staying here?”

1 Comment so far

  1. Joe S (unregistered) on July 24th, 2007 @ 5:23 pm

    Jen, I know exactly what you mean. I am hopeful a new mayor and city council will get us back to where we were headed.

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