Empire State Building
Photo: Joseph G. Brin © 2012
Have you ever seen someone do a bad impression? It’s kind of embarrassing. You either have the gift or you don’t. Philadelphia should just give it up, stop trying to be New York City or wishing it was New York City. We already have two fake Chrysler Buildings (Liberty Place I & II) in Philadelphia. Embarrassing enough.
New York City’s riches are manifold and manifest. It’s also so huge, more of a whirling planet than a city – both exhilarating and exhausting.
But someone asked me once “What is Philadelphia?” and I’ve been trying to figure it out ever since.
Compare and contrast might be the ticket to understanding… (more…)