Dan said:I prefer to think of the place as The City That Loves You Back.
Great city, IMHO, but ... well, much more of it isn't. It really does have a lot of litter, a lot of grime (as opposed to good 'ol grit), and a lot of decay. Surprising, considering its location in the Northeast Corridor. It has critical mass to be so much more.
I lived in Olney and Oak Lane (right at the end of the Orange Line subway). Blue collar and upscale blue collar, respectively... Really *not* bad parts of the city, at least back then, considering they were really part of the infamous "north Philly". Did you grow up there, Mike? I'm a Central grad...Mike DeVuono said:North and West Philly give us a bad name.
I'm all for taking the dozers and just grazing these sections of the city and starting over. The city is actually trying to do just that in alot of neighborhoods because the houses are just falling down, but they are meeting alot of resistance.
I live in NW Philly (Roxborough) beautiful neighborhood as is all of center city and most of the NE.
Guess going back for a tour of the old stomping grounds wouldn't be wise... I'll just have to stick to Cheltenham where we went to pick up... erm, nevermind.Mike DeVuono said:Yup, I've lived here my whole life. Grew up in the NE (Frankford) right by Bridge & Pratt and went to Roman Catholic. Years ago Olney and West/East Oak Lane weren't bad neighborhoods. But hate to break it to you, they're ghetto now as is my old neighborhood for that fact.
Jenkintown?! Thow me a crumb here, for Pete's sake!Mike DeVuono said:Damn Cheltenham isn't much better. No Olney and the Oak Lanes aren't terribly dangerous like North Philly they have just seen better days, and are starting to get really run down.