Philadelphia Shines as America’s Most Walkable and Sane City


Philadelphia From the Philadelphia Art Museum Steps
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Among the sea of think-pieces talking about the decline of many American cities, Philadelphia stands as a place that challenges that narrative.

The magic and charm of American cities that attract many international tourists seems to be disappearing, at least according to many think-pieces that paint a picture of a country in turmoil, writes Thom Gibbs for The Telegraph.

But Philadelphia stands as the perfect place to challenge these grim tidings as the only American city that currently feels sane.

While its smattering of central skyscrapers looks similar to those in 20 other American downtowns, this thankfully gives way to neighborhoods with low-rise streets, many with historical interest. And unlike most cities in the nation, most of Philadelphia is walkable.

The city’s character – famous for Rocky, cheesesteak sandwiches, and rabid sports fans – is immediately evident in its every street. There is also great humor, even though it takes some getting used to for some.

“It’s a hard-working, passionate city but we don’t have the wealth or the fame of New York,” said Chris Mullins, who runs McGillin’s Olde Ale House, the oldest continuously operating tavern in the city. “We are infamous, not famous. We’re outspoken, we tell it like it is.”

In essence, Philadelphia is where visitors can still find a good dose of good old American magic.

Read more about Philadelphia in The Telegraph.


Editor’s Note: This post first appeared on PHILADELPHIA Today in November 2023.

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