Words From A Philly Fan

I’m proud and relieved to say that I am fully vaccinated against coronavirus, the microscopic beast that, for us humans, likes nothing better than to cause pain and death and to make an unholy mess of things. And though there are plenty of unknowns about what the future holds, for the vaccinated and unvaccinated alike, I’m proceeding on the assumption that the two doses of Moderna I received have done their job. In other words, protected me from developing COVID.

That’s why, earlier this month and for the first time since the pandemic began, I packaged together activities that used to be semi-regular parts of my repertoire. Namely, I hopped aboard a train, a means of transport that I deemed too risky to use pre-vaccination, and rode it for an hour from my suburban town to a station in the heart of Philadelphia, the city I know better than any other. Then, upon arrival, I took a substantial walk through The City Of Brotherly Love’s streets.

(Yeah, I could have driven into Philly at pretty much any time during the past year, but said drive is a major pain, as is finding somewhere to park in the sections I like to walk around in.)

Vivid sunlight greeted me as I exited the train station at 10th and Filbert Streets. With no game plan, no specific destinations in mind, I looked this way and that, shrugged, and let my legs and feet take me where they would. Three and a quarter hours later — a chunk of time that passed almost in a flash — I had walked upon a fair number of central Philadelphia’s blocks, covering about four and a half miles in all.

Philadelphia’s Chinatown neighborhood

The area that I traversed on the Friday in question forms a large rectangle and includes a host of neighborhoods. Among them are Chinatown, Old City, Society Hill, South Street and Center City West. Old City and Society Hill, by the way, encompass much of what was within the city’s boundaries during its emergence as a major player in the 1700s. Reacquainting myself with these and other Philadelphia neighborhoods felt damn good, though my absence didn’t seem as long as it actually had been. What surprised me more than anything was that, despite all the walking I’ve done in central Philadelphia over the years, I probably never had been on some of the blocks that passed beneath my feet. For instance, had I ever before walked past or seen the enormous mural that proclaims WORK UNITES US on a building that is close to both Chinatown and Old City? I think not.

Philadelphia’s Old City neighborhood
Philadelphia’s Society Hill neighborhood

Well, the conditions were as fine as any I might have dialed up. The skies were a sweet blue, the temperature mild, and a healthy number of young ladies strolling around looked superb. Within the eastern half of the rectangle that I visited, the sidewalks were not particularly crowded. Its Old City and Society Hill areas normally teem with tourists, but not now, needless to say. Add to that the fact that mucho workers who used to be on the streets during their lunch hours are now working from home, another consequence of the virus. I saw quite a few more people, however, within the rectangle’s western half, mainly because of cafes and restaurants whose outdoor tables, in the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood, were packed. But not as many as I would have a year and a half ago.

Philadelphia’s South Street neighborhood
Philadelphia’s Center City West neighborhood

All in all, COVID has put Philly, and just about all American cities, I suppose, in a hell of a hole. For one thing, Philadelphia never will return to its former self should working-from-home remain a significant way of doing business. I mean, can you imagine the ripple effects that will occur if the city’s office buildings, whether modest or skyscraping, become half vacant, or worse, permanently? Man, I’m very worried about this.

Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Square neighborhood
Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Square park

However, all is not lost. The city has much going for it. Deep history. Parks galore. Handsome buildings several centuries old. Modern skyscrapers tantalizingly sleek. I saw examples of all of that during my walk. What’s more, during the last 25 or 30 years Philadelphia’s restaurant scene became world-class and its cultural offerings exploded in number. Restaurants, in general, have hung in there fairly well during the pandemic, though there have been casualties of course. And culture is slowly returning as pandemic restrictions are being relaxed more and more.

No doubt about it, I’ll head back to Philadelphia a bunch of times pretty soon. To trek again. To dine. To take in movies and rock and jazz concerts. I dig the city a whole lot, as if you couldn’t tell. If I didn’t, I’d have moved to another region long ago.

(Please don’t be shy about adding your comments. Gracias.)

144 thoughts on “Words From A Philly Fan

    • Yeah, Another Blogger May 27, 2021 / 12:08 pm

      Hey there. Yeah, it was a heck of a good walk. I’ll take more walks pretty soon in Philadelphia, some of them in sections I didn’t go to the other day.

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  1. Lynette d'Arty-Cross May 27, 2021 / 12:48 am

    It’s wonderful to have that stress removed! And Moderna seems to be effective against variants as well. I have thought about all those remote workers as well and what might happen to all those empty offices. Some companies here are saying that their employees’ work ethic isn’t as “robust” as it was pre-pandemic, but they are saving a lot with workers out of the offices, too.

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger May 27, 2021 / 12:10 pm

      It seems inevitable that many companies and organizations will need less and less office space. Some of the results from that will not be good for the economic health of towns and cities.

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  2. johnlmalone May 27, 2021 / 2:52 am

    you’ve been a busy man, Neil, walking 4 and a half miles but if you’re in a great city or a lovely seaside vista you soon for get the steps you put in 🙂

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  3. Katie Askegaard May 27, 2021 / 3:26 am

    Congratulations on being vaccinated!!! What a beautiful thing it is to start resuming doing the things we enjoy.

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger May 27, 2021 / 12:15 pm

      You’re not kidding. My biggest interest is music. Haven’t been to a concert in 16 or so months. I plan to catch a bunch of jazz, rock, folk, etc. concerts soon.

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  4. Paddy Tobin May 27, 2021 / 3:29 am

    Oh, the sigh of relief was heard over here in Ireland, all the way across the Atlantic. The populace of Philadelphia exhaled – and inhaled again – and with deep emotion expressed the thought which hit them all at once as you alighted from that train, “Oh, thank God, he’s no longer going around ringing that bell and shouting, ‘Plague, Plague, Beware, Beware!’

    Thank goodness for vaccination and the peace of mind that it brings. I have had the first jab and must wait another two months for the second. Mary has yet to receive her first. I feel it will be autumn before we can hop on a train – and we may travel free of charge on our trains at our age! – and seek new landscapes to explore. In the meantime we are continuing with our careful lifestyle, with little social contact or outings and lots of time in our garden.

    Get on the train again and report the next venture!

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger May 27, 2021 / 12:19 pm

      Hi, Paddy. I feel very fortunate to have been vaccinated. There is no shortage of vaccines in the USA, as far as I know. Still, a large number of people here don’t want to be vaccinated. Some of them have legitimate reasons, but most of them are just plain stubborn and foolish.

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      • Paddy Tobin May 27, 2021 / 6:27 pm

        I agree with you – vaccination is a wonderful thing to have.

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  5. Alyson May 27, 2021 / 5:13 am

    Well done on the second jab, brings much peace of mind. As you say, we soon acclimatise to being back in our city centres and it doesn’t feel like over a year since we frequented them. Real time versus COVID time! A lot of empty office space here too and doubt if it’ll ever refill again.

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger May 27, 2021 / 12:29 pm

      Hi there, Alyson. There will be plenty of restructuring going on over the years, as a result of COVID and modern technology. It will be interesting to watch how all of this plays out.

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  6. iglengel May 27, 2021 / 7:08 am

    So glad to hear Philadelphia is a much nicer city to visit than it was when I worked there in the late sixties. Thanks for sharing.

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger May 27, 2021 / 12:35 pm

      Hi, and thanks for your input. I think that Philadelphia started becoming a more welcoming and cosmopolitan city during the 1970s. It’s gotten better in various ways in the years since then. It’s not London or Paris or NYC, but it’s very good.

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  7. swabby429 May 27, 2021 / 7:14 am

    Vacancies in towers and other business buildings has been a worry ever since the phenomenon of working from home began to be a thing. I’m afraid that Covid has accelerated this trend. A cousin who lives in San Jose has noticed a similar conundrum in the SF Bay Area.

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger May 27, 2021 / 12:48 pm

      Here’s another example of what working from home can result in: A neighbor of mine (I live in the burbs) worked for a company in an office building in Philly till COVID began. Since then he’s continued his job, but does it from his house in the burbs. He paid Philadelphia wage tax when he worked in Philly, but doesn’t anymore. So, Philadelphia has lost his taxes and also taxes from who knows how many other people in the same situation as him.

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  8. joylennick May 27, 2021 / 7:16 am

    Hola Neil, I felt your relief, loud and clear. So much better than feeling someone’s anxiety and fear. It’s good being ‘double-jabbed’ as we are both here too. Appreciating your home-town is a good feeling, although we are newcomers (well 20 years) here. I still have the warmest memories of the UK, especially parts of Wales (evacuated during WW2) and am half Welsh anyway on my mother’s side.But I understand your concern for some of the skyscrapers future..In this part of Spain, they are not so prominent, but I do wish they would stop building so many apartments..We have enough empty ones already, especially since Covid and Brexit (which we personally dislike.). Still, that’s the way of the world. It changes!!.And not always for the better…We can always hope.Take care and enjoy your travels. Cheers! x.

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger May 27, 2021 / 12:53 pm

      Glad to hear that you and your husband are vaccinated. It makes life a whole lot better than it was for the preceding 15 months. I couldn’t agree more with what you said: “Still, that’s the way of the world. It changes! And not always for the better . . . We can always hope.”

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  9. JOYCE HAMILTON May 27, 2021 / 8:03 am

    I agree with you….l love Philly. I spent 40 years working in downtown Philly walking all around town.

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger May 27, 2021 / 12:54 pm

      Hey, Joyce. You and I love many of the same places, Philadelphia and Cape Cod to name two of them.

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  10. rivertoprambles May 27, 2021 / 9:06 am

    As the plague in P. & elsewhere fades from view & freedom starts to ring anew, enjoy your rambles and be well!

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  11. Helen Devries May 27, 2021 / 9:23 am

    Delighted that you are once again free to roam, good for the body, good for the soul.

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  12. vprofy May 27, 2021 / 9:24 am

    After retirement in 2014 I took train to Philadelphia, walked the streets, museums, usually lunch. Then medical issues hit snd trips to Phila were to go to Penn hospital, surgeries, ER, follow ups. Then COVID. Here’s hoping I can do it again. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  13. Laurie Graves May 27, 2021 / 9:36 am

    First of all, wonderful to have the freedom to go and about without fear of disease and death. But you certainly raise come interesting points. Will offices fill back up again? Or, will some of them remain empty? If they do remain empty, perhaps businesses and services will spread to the suburbs, making them a little more vital than they once were. We shall see…

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  14. Sam Gridley May 27, 2021 / 10:20 am

    You’re welcome to visit whenever you like. Come by Fairmount for a taste of oldtime-rowhouse-meets-artsy-chic.

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger May 27, 2021 / 1:00 pm

      Thanks for stopping by, Sam. I like your neighborhood a lot. Been there a million times. I was sorry to see Rembrandt’s bite the dust. Ditto for London Grill.

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  15. adguru101 May 27, 2021 / 11:23 am

    Congrats! Being vaccinated has given me a new appreciation of the freedom to enjoy the simple things in life. My son attended Drexel and I always loved visiting Philly.

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger May 27, 2021 / 1:02 pm

      Hi. Being vaccinated takes a weight off our shoulders, that’s for sure. As for Drexel, it’s a fine institution, as you know.

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  16. Sandy May 27, 2021 / 11:57 am

    Looking forward to our long-delayed frequent trips into Philly. I’m sure that the “superb” young ladies are looking forward to your return. 🤪

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  17. Donna Cameron May 27, 2021 / 12:41 pm

    From your blog’s heading, I expected to read about baseball. How lovely to get this tour of Philadelphia–a city I’ve visited only a few times, but always enjoyed. Thanks, Neil!

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  18. snakesinthegrass2014 May 27, 2021 / 1:22 pm

    So nice to see those streets again. I lived in Center City Philly for about four months back in the early eighties after college. The glimpse of South Street looks just as I remember it — it was where I had my first taste of wonderful pan pizza (sorry, Chicago). I also remember Hillary’s Ice Cream, which at least at the time was really unique. I agree that cities are going to be in a heap of hurt if offices don’t return. Great post, Neil. – Marty

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger May 27, 2021 / 3:09 pm

      Hey, Marty. You might recall Jim’s Steaks, which is still there on South Street. They make cheesesteaks. A famous place on South was JC Dobbs, a rock music club. The sign is there, but it’s been vacant for years.

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  19. Anonymous May 27, 2021 / 1:25 pm

    Hi Neil, great post. I only lived there a few months for a summer internship following college graduation but I really loved Philly. I too enjoyed walking the streets, discovering little lost gems and taking in the architecture.

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger May 27, 2021 / 3:12 pm

      Hi. The city is very rich architecturally, for sure. Many buildings remain from the 1700s. And I think there are a handful from the 1600s, tho I’m not positive about that.

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  20. JT Twissel May 27, 2021 / 1:50 pm

    We tried to take the BART to San Francisco the other day and the train is still on the weekend schedule – which means if you miss a train you have to wait thirty-five minutes for another. Definitely take some of the fun out of a spontaneous trip to the city. Downtown SF is facing the same uphill battle as Philly. But we’ll figure it out.

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger May 27, 2021 / 3:14 pm

      I hope you’re right. Maybe some good but unanticipated results will emerge from all of this.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead May 27, 2021 / 3:59 pm

        No. Heading up a very cool mountain trail tomorrow. Mount Arrowsmith. 2 – 3 hour return hike. You’d love it. I do love those urban strolls though. My son (Big Earl) did a similar one as you except around Vancouver. Lots of things to see. He’s in our walking club. Great stuff fella.

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  21. Rosaliene Bacchus May 27, 2021 / 2:06 pm

    Good for you, Neil! It’s been over two months since I’ve been fully vaccinated and have not yet returned to using the bus, my former mode of transport. Also, I can appreciate your concern about office buildings becoming half vacant or worse. If they are to survive, we will have to rethink our urban commercial spaces.

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger May 27, 2021 / 3:20 pm

      Afternoon, Rosaliene. Yes, cities and towns will become much diminished if the numbers of people working in them are substantially decreased permanently.

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  22. tylerus May 27, 2021 / 2:27 pm

    Beautiful pics of a beautiful city. I haven’t yet been fully vaccinated – had my first AZ (sigh) shot about three months ago now. Not sure when (if) the 2nd one is coming anytime soon. Take care, my friend.

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger May 27, 2021 / 3:21 pm

      I guess you’re pretty decently protected with one dose. But two would be a lot better.

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  23. Anabel @ The Glasgow Gallivanter May 27, 2021 / 4:10 pm

    This looks so normal, it’s heartwarming! We had our second doses last week – it’s a good feeling, though I still intend to be very cautious. I don’t have much choice at the moment anyway – restrictions still confine us to Glasgow.

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger May 27, 2021 / 5:58 pm

      Restrictions are lifting rapidly in my state and in the rest of the States. I hope that’s wise. I think that things will be okay.

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  24. andrewcferguson May 27, 2021 / 4:48 pm

    You’re a great advert for Philly, Neil. I might just have to come over and see it for myself.

    I’m a big advocate of working from home – mainly so that choked city centre streets can become a thing of the past. There’s a movement now in Europe called ‘the 15 minute neighbourhood.’ It will involve some imaginative re-use of all the office space, of course.

    Good to hear you’re fully vaxxed. We are too – just in time to start our adventures in Edinburgh full time!

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  25. kegarland May 27, 2021 / 4:56 pm

    I love Philadelphia, but I think you’re right about it and other major cities. America is in a bit of a conundrum. WFH has worked for many people, but now what to do with all of these buildings, big or small?

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  26. Dan Antion May 27, 2021 / 4:57 pm

    I’m glad you had the chance to visit Philadelphia. I have been there numerous times, but not since before 2010. I’d like to visit again.

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger May 27, 2021 / 8:11 pm

      Like many places, Philadelphia keeps evolving. Fishtown, for instance, is a Philly neighborhood that has become very hip over the last 15 or 20 years. Before that, hardly anybody was aware of it!

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  27. workinacresnothours May 27, 2021 / 5:40 pm

    What a fantastic feeling I almost took a deep breathe with you when you arrived, such a beautiful place I love the mix of the old & new. Maybe vacant high rises will become big gardens like you see in sci fi movies. Thanks for the walk through one of your favourite places.

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  28. Paula B May 27, 2021 / 8:02 pm

    I share your concerns about office buildings, Neil. Some people speculate that there will be a return to some form of in-person work, but I would imagine that businesses will still feel a need to downsize if, say, only a portion of the employees are in the office on any given day. Maybe cities will be able to lure in more smaller companies that couldn’t afford the rent before the pandemic but can now take advantage of a decrease in scale? I don’t think think we’ll know the fallout for another year or more.

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger May 27, 2021 / 8:51 pm

      Evening, Paula. Right, the business situations will take time to play out. Changing the subject: one thing I’ve noticed is that concerts are on their way back. Some venues in my area are having indoor shows, and a bunch of places are holding them outdoors. And lots of acts are on tour or scheduling tours.

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  29. Ann Coleman May 27, 2021 / 9:10 pm

    I’m glad you got your second shot, Neil! Life is so much better for the fully-vaccinated, and I was very happy when everyone in my family (minus the grandkids who are too young) was fully vaccinated. Going out to eat seems like such a treat now, as does our gradual return to normalcy. I do share your concerns about office space and other financial (and emotional) impacts of the shut-downs, but all we can do is wait and see how this all plays out. Take care, and glad you got to enjoy a nice day in Philly!

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger May 27, 2021 / 11:10 pm

      Hey there, Ann. There might be unexpected repercussions too. In any case, though, for now we have many reasons to feel good about the way things are going in the States. We have the vaccines to thank for that.

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  30. Chris May 27, 2021 / 11:20 pm

    Great shots of Philly! Can I ask what kind of camera you use — smartphone? regular camera?

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  31. George May 28, 2021 / 1:17 am

    Really enjoyed this, Neil. It teems with the exuberance of being out and about again, but it’s tempered with poignancy of what has been lost and uncertainty about the future. You’ve captured how we’re all feeling in a cityscape.

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger May 28, 2021 / 7:27 am

      Hi. Philadelphia is enormous physically. For my next walk there I’ll probably go to parts of the city that are away from the central sections. And maybe with one of my friends. Like me, he enjoys urban exploration.

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  32. Platypus Man May 28, 2021 / 3:56 am

    Philly’s our favourite of all the cities we’ve visited in the US. Some interesting historic sites, and the murals are brilliant.

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  33. veeds May 28, 2021 / 11:46 am

    Man, you get a lot of comments, friend! OK, here’s my thought and a question.

    When I lived in Philly in the mid-1970s I loved everything — especially the free events and just being able to take the subway to Center City. I even figured out how to decode the parking/no parking signs when I drove in from the Penn area in West Philly. I worked for a while part time at a small indie movie theater in Rittenhouse and selling cameras at Gimbels

    Recently, however, my brother had occasion to spend a couple days doing some dental student testing at a clinic and he reported that the city had become…rough. I don’t think that’s quite the word he used but you get the idea. Sure, I remember that there were some areas that were a bit “rougher” than others, but I don’t recall ever really being scared (of course we usually went in groups). Now, my brother has zero living experience in Philly so I’m not inclined to give his observations great credence.

    So…has Philly become more “slummy” or dangerous, like we hear about Chicago (no offense, Chi fans)? Or is this simply a case of a non-big-city guy having a bad couple days?

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger May 28, 2021 / 1:36 pm

      It’s hard to say for sure. I think that things probably are stable in many neighborhoods. On the other hand, gun violence has escalated a lot in the last two or more years — I think that much of that has to do with drugs and turf wars. Anyway, I appreciate your stopping by. We probably crossed paths in the 70s in Philadelphia. Back then I lived on 46th Street near Baltimore Avenue.

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  34. Robert Parker May 28, 2021 / 1:29 pm

    Hey Neil – Glad to read your story, I really enjoyed your post. The summer after college, I moved to Philly for an internship at an archive, and loved roaming around many of the areas you visited. I felt a great sense of attachment to the city from walking around every day that summer. The mix of architectural styles, the food, and finding little local joints to eat made it seem very exciting, it’s a great city to hang out in.

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger May 28, 2021 / 2:48 pm

      Yeah, Philadelphia’s pretty cool. Lots to do. Pre-pandemic I’d leave the burbs and go to one part of the city or another several times a month.

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  35. Life...One Big Adventure May 28, 2021 / 6:43 pm

    We are having similar conversations in Aus about the long-term impacts of the majority of the population working from home. It has been an absolute boon for regional cities and towns with many people making the sea/tree change. Interesting times…

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger May 28, 2021 / 10:31 pm

      Hi. Good to hear from you. Right, a good bit of societal restructuring will take place probably. It will be fascinating to see what, how and when.

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  36. viewfromoverthehill May 28, 2021 / 7:12 pm

    Totally jealous on all counts. Waiting for second vaccine.
    Can’t travel yet. Can’t type much yet. Stay well.

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  37. eden baylee May 29, 2021 / 11:17 am

    Yay for being fully vaxxed! It must feel like such a relief.

    Like all big cities, it’s going to take time for things to return to some kind of normal. If we’re smart, we’ll use this time to evaluate how we can improve on things. There was always resistance to allow employees to to work from home, but now, a hybrid model will have to be examined more seriously.

    eden

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  38. Basia Korzeniowska May 29, 2021 / 1:07 pm

    Philadelphia looks very beautiful. One day. Meanwhile here in London most people are vaccinated but everyone is still being asked to behave as if we are all carriers of the virus. Annoying to say the least. Still haven’t seen my daughter as she lives in Bolton, the deadliest part of Britain. It’s no longer lockdown, but lockup I feel.

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  39. selizabryangmailcom May 29, 2021 / 7:20 pm

    As usual, beautiful photos. I wish I’d been there that afternoon!
    I actually thought of you recently and your love of Philly due to watching a documentary about Larry Krasner, the Philly DA.
    Man, what a brave soul that guy is, trying to turn around an entrenched, rotting system.
    I wish him all the luck in the world. Philly deserves it. All cities deserve it!

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger May 29, 2021 / 10:30 pm

      Krasner won the primary election a couple of weeks ago. I’m not sure who his Republican opponent will be in the general election in November. Regardless, Krasner likely will win re-election.

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  40. alhenry May 29, 2021 / 11:04 pm

    “With no game plan, no specific destinations in mind, I looked this way and that, shrugged, and let my legs and feet take me where they would.”

    I hear you, Neil. Ed and I escaped for 5 days to Portsmouth, NH recently–a getaway we love and that was supposed to happen April 2020 BUT… Wonderful, wonderful just to ramble from bookstore to outdoor cafe to oceanside gardens to fabulous restaurants. Had to wear masks to enter places, but out on the street, we could turn out naked faces to the sun. And walk among our fellow beings. It really is EVERYTHING. Keep enjoying–as I’m sure you will.

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger May 30, 2021 / 8:09 am

      Your trip to NH sounds perfect. Being able to do the kinds of things we’re accustomed to is a relief. Is London on your agenda for this or next year?

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      • alhenry May 30, 2021 / 9:56 am

        Yes! May 2022. Now I don’t have to break down weeping every time I see the Thames on a TV show or movie.

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  41. ckennedy May 31, 2021 / 11:04 am

    Congratulations on the vaccinations! Alex, Nate, and I are fully vaccinated. Nate is more than two weeks out from his second dose, but Alex and I have to wait until the end of this week. Once we are all past the two-week mark, we hope to get on a bus for the first time in a year and a half and go to downtown Seattle!

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  42. Pam Lazos May 31, 2021 / 11:15 am

    Woohoo, back in the saddle! Nice walk around town. I, too, am worried about what happens to cities if we don’t go back to work, but that worry isn’t enough for me to want to resume by 2-hour commute, Neil. I’m sure we’ll adapt and new things will take over for the old. ;0)

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  43. rkrontheroad May 31, 2021 / 12:35 pm

    I know that sense of relief, having gotten my vaxx – not back to normal but a whole lot more comfortable going out and about. Enjoyed walking with you. Perhaps this respite, although hard for cities and businesses right now, will slow the precipitous rise in housing and prices in the cities and level off a bit.

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger May 31, 2021 / 4:56 pm

      Afternoon, Ruth. All of this will take several years, maybe longer, to play out, I think. Some unanticipated results likely will occur, too.

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  44. shoreacres May 31, 2021 / 11:05 pm

    I have to confess that Philadelphia has been a bit of a blank slate for me, other than Philly cheese steaks and a certain song by Elton John. I really enjoyed your account of your walk, and ended up thinking that if I were to tackle another city, Philadelphia might be a good one to try. Despite years in Houston, Salt Lake, and the San Francisco area, I’ve turned into someone who prefers non-urban, but your portrait of the city’s appealing.

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger June 1, 2021 / 7:13 am

      Fortunately for me, I’ve never tired of Philadelphia. And it’s so large, there’s always new things to discover.

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