Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by LoveNDino, Oct 8, 2017.

  1. Deadlift1

    Deadlift1 Knight

    I love beautiful Philly. But there is more crime than you think including an up tick in gay bashings over the last several years. But they keep building $500k town homes in Kensington so it must not bother some.
  2. I did not say that I was Dan Keating - I financed my first project myself a 2 unit home from there I moved up to larger projects
    sometimes leveraging/sometimes working with an investor/sometimes working with HUD or FHA. At times I had to deal with L&I and the ZBA along with Neighborhood Association and Council Offices.

    Some people like Marc Segal the PGN Owner/Publisher - Others do not -- There are politics in any active gay community in the country.
  3. WilliamM

    WilliamM Regent


    Philadelphia's own porn star: Joey Stefano RIP


    I looked back at some old photos of Mark Segal. My main objection: he apparently never cared if a politician was honest and worthy as long as it helped the gay community. The result -- too many photos with politician he never should have trusted
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  4. Pepper Young

    Pepper Young Master

    This thread came just at the right time for me. I'm visiting a friend there in a few months and since my retirement is looming, was looking at houses in Center City on (and men on RM). I love the fact that Philly is walkable and lowrise, has an NBA team (important to me), quick access to NYC and lots of culture. Does it have a downside? Of course, all cities do. But it seems to me there are lots of things to like, as well.
  5. MikeBiDude

    MikeBiDude Earl

  6. WilliamM

    WilliamM Regent

    For me, it's tourists only spending a day or two here. Most people want to see the historic sites and one art museum and have a Philly a cheese streak.

    On certain occasions, Pope visits, weekend concerts on the Benj. Franklin Parkway, people will stay longer and stop and talk to locals. It was especially true when so many South Americans were here for the last visit from the Pope
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  7. Courage!

    Courage! Journeyman

    I lived there for seven years in the 90s going to two of the large universities. I lived primarily in University City and Fairmount. Frankly, I liked it better before what someone above called the "renaissance." It has become much more expensive, much more congested, much more touristy, much more bourgeois, and much less unique. It has been very good for some people, but some of the things that gave the city character exist only as commercial shells of themselves or memories.

    As for safety--most places an affluent traveler or resident would visit are safer than the places that add to the crime statistics. If you keep your head about you and stick to the well-lighted beaten path, you'll be fine. If you go looking for trouble, there are many places to find it.
  8. LoveNDino

    LoveNDino Duke

    Yay, Philly is still in the running...
    Amazon Narrows Headquarters-Search List to 20 Big Cities in North America
    By Madison Malone Kircher

    Sorry to every city in the United States that thirstily prostrated itself at Amazon’s feet this fall in the hopes of being selected as the home of the company’s second headquarters. Amazon released a list of its 20 finalists today, and, well, let’s just say Gary, Indiana, is going to be disappointed. As is that Arizona town that sent Jeff Bezos a giant cactus. And pretty much anybody else who wanted to be considered for Amazon anointment, but didn’t happen to be a major city everybody in the world has already heard about. Here are the 20 cities still in the running, which we can assume were picked by a team of executives at Amazon who were given 20 darts and told to throw them at a map of the United States where major existing economic hubs were highlighted in bright pink, and everywhere else was, uh, not.

    • Boston
    • New York City
    • Toronto
    • Pittsburgh
    • Newark
    • Philadelphia
    • Montgomery County
    • Washington, D.C.
    • Raleigh
    • Northern Virginia
    • Atlanta
    • Miami
    • Austin
    • Dallas
    • Los Angeles
    • Nashville
    • Denver
    • Chicago
    • Indianapolis
    • Columbus

    Shockingly, Seattle didn’t make the cut. The present home of Amazon’s first headquarters also tried to make a play to be the home of its second headquarters.
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  9. GregM

    GregM Lord

    Seattle can not absorb another Amazon. There isn't enough space in that small town. Chicago on the other hand can take Amazon HQ2. We have 2 international airports, Amtrak and a public transport that some say is better than NYC. Oh and we have Italian beef combos spicy and wet :cool:

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  10. WilliamM

    WilliamM Regent

    The city is more "touristy" since the Barnes Foundation moved from the Main Line (the near suburbs) to the Benj. Franklin Parkway with the Philadelphia Museum of Art. I have lost count of how many Cezanne and Matisse paintings are on display at the two museums. Those two artists are reasons to visit, but so are the many others artists' work at other local museums.
  11. Pensant

    Pensant Knight

    I always enjoyed my time in Philly, and the peculiar accent is very distinctive. Dem Iggles, Amurrica, the long “o”’s, as in COke, and the endearing diner waitress salutation—“hun”!
  12. azdr0710

    azdr0710 "Old Timer"

  13. JayCeeKy

    JayCeeKy Knight

    Amazon's request for proposals outlined several core requirements, as well as optional preferences.

    • Metropolitan areas with a population of over 1 million
    • A stable and business-friendly environment
    • Within 30 miles (48 km) of a population center
    • Within 45 minutes of an international airport
    • Proximity to major highways and arterial roads 1–3 miles (2–5 km)
    • Access to mass transit routes
    • Up to 8 million square feet (740,000 m2) of office space for future expansion
    Optional preferences include airports with direct flights to Seattle, New York, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C., urban locations, and proximity to major universities

    Rumor has it that Bezos wants an East/South presence so you can count out LA. Indy, Nashville, Columbus - too "meh."

    Chicago formed a 600 person committee to get Amazon - yes, 600 person committee! Too much politics for it to be viable.

    Pittsburgh, Atlanta, or Philly -maybe.

    My money is on D.C. or Austin. Bezos bought a big beautiful home in D.C. not long ago. But, Austin is a very progressive city with no state income tax. Also, it's the home of Whole Foods which Amazon just bought.
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  15. bashful

    bashful Viscount

    I think you're on point about Chicago.

    While I love to visit, I don't know much about the DC business climate, but it seems to be more viable as a business destination. No longer just a government town. And, the Metro knocks the socks off Chicago's EL (or L, depending on your preference).
  16. GregM

    GregM Lord

    There trains dont have cell connections. For a dot com you need to be connected. DC public transport for the subway is lacking and on the commuter train from BWI it was spotty unless I connected to Amtraks WiFi. I say DC will not make it to the next round.

  17. rvwnsd

    rvwnsd Teller of "Like It Is"

    I visited Philadelphia once, in the mid-1990's. My impression was it had a lot of beautiful historical architecture but needed a good hosing-down. Obviously, a lot has changed in 20 years and I intend to visit again soon.
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  18. rvwnsd

    rvwnsd Teller of "Like It Is"

    The only time Metro knocks the socks off anything is when it has a fatal train crash, which happens with alarming frequency. The flimsy cars telescope into one another, which causes the fatalities to occur.

    FYI - The official CTA spelling is "L," as explained in this Twitter post.

    Enjoy the ketchup you put on your suburban hot dogs.
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  19. bashful

    bashful Viscount

    That is terrible to hear of the crashes.

    Yes, I'm a suburbanite, and a transplant, so it was never ingrained into me that ketchup on a hotdog was sacrilege.

    It's been many years since I used either the L or Metro, but found the Metro to be better (at least for getting around DC). Cars were clean, quiet, and comfortable. Every station I encountered was climate controlled. I found the route system more cohesive, and designed to expand as the population grows out, while Chicago relies on a patchwork of CTA, Metra, Pace. As I age, I worry more about future mobility issues beyond my current arthritic knees. When working in the Loop, I always looked at those stairs with dread if I had to take it. All the Metro stations I used had escalators, and according to the Metro website, 100% of Metro stations are accessible. Per the CTA web site, only 102 of the 145 stations are accessible.
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  20. Charlie

    Charlie Peer

    I lived in Philly for almost 40 years, always in Center City or the immediately adjacent neighborhoods, i.e., only in areas that Ben Franklin would have at least known. My affection for the place fluctuated over the years. I probably loved it most in the 1960s, before it became too gentrified and expensive. When I was young, it was big enough to have everything I wanted in the way of culture and sexual opportunities, but was more intimate than New York, which I thought of as home. What I always liked best was the fact that I could walk anywhere I wanted to go: work, shopping, entertainment, sex venues. What I liked least was the weather, except in autumn, when it can be truly lovely. The last time I visited, I was put off by the amount of foot and vehicular traffic in Center City. It was interesting to visit, but I wouldn't want to move back.