OK, what is Philly known for?
Cheesesteaks. Water Ice. Pretzels. The Liberty Bell. The Sixers, Flyers, Eagles.
I’ve definitely never met more people loyal to their home state and their sports teams.
But Philly is getting recognized for other things less glamorous. Philadelphia is quickly becoming known as the city of death. This is the city of brother love right? In 2006, there was about 406 murders up 7.7 percent from 2005. Here’s another way of looking at the numbers, Philadelphia had a murder rate of 27.8 per 100,000 inhabitants. What’s troubling is that most of those who commit these crimes are youth. So far this year more than 320 people have been murdered, a little over one person a day. That just doesn’t help attract people to live here.
To add insult to injury, this week Philadelphia was voted the ugliest city in the United States, according to Travel+Leisure magazine. No it has nothing to do with the architecture, trash or even the attitudes of people but their looks!
Out of 25 cities Philly is dead last. Miami ranked no. 1.
Oh well. I guess when you’re competing with South Beach or New York, what can you say?
Philly, you just ugly.