Streets of Philadelphia

Compared to the numerous large American cities I’ve been to, I’d have to say that Philadelphia (pictures of its City Hall below) appears to be grittier than most.   Opulence is juxtaposed with poverty as the disenfranchised wander the streets a mere block away from Ritz Carlton.  

Still, it is one of the most architecturally fascinating cities, with designs dating back to the colonial times.  A friend reflected that a city’s architecture hints at the era where its money was made.  I think that is an astute observation. 


Philadelphia is widely regarded as the birthplace of the American Revolution and American Independence.  Indeed, the Liberty Bell is enshrined in the city, directly across Independence Hall and near the National Constitution Center in the Historic District.


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