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    Posted June 15, 2012 by
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    City smackdown: Philadelphia

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    Philly smacks you in all the right places.

    Philly is one of the best cities in the country. Hands down. I've been to London, Chicago, Rio, Vegas, Nassau, and I always love coming back home. Born and raised in and around Philly my entire life, Philly is more than just what you make of it. Philly will make you regardless if you want it to or not. It shapes everything you are and everything you want to be. My entire family is from the city and I grew up being fortunate enough to learn every part of the city...

    I've spent time working on South Street, playing baseball in the Northeast, living in the Manayunk section. We just have so many great things to offer a homer or a visitor. You can't beat the food at Reading Terminal Market. You can't beat the site of Boathouse Row on a nice summer night. Run the "Rocky" steps up the Art Museum. Learn some science and fun at The Franklin Institute. If the outdoors is your thing, visit the country's largest park, Fairmount Park. If the nightlife is for you, try anywhere down in Center City. Rittenhouse Square, Headhouse Square, 2nd and Market or head to one of the pubs that line the streets of South Philly.

    If sports is your niche, YOU'RE IN THE RIGHT CITY. Philly fans are some of the most passionate in the world! We get a bad rap sometimes cause we were a little hard on Santa and Michael Irvin one time, but that's all in good fun. For a seat with a great view of the game, Citizens Bank Park is a great time. Or go to The Linc to see "The Birds" take on the NFC East. And the Flyers and Sixers are always a good time. The city has an affinity for The Broadstreet Bullies, so hockey is a game that Philadelphians can relate to. Working hard to succeed.

    For food, you can't beat Philly. From the pub grub all over the city to the high-end restaurants down in Center City, you really can't go wrong. I think I've eaten everywhere at least once, but if you're looking to try a lot of different types of food at once, head down to Reading Terminal Market. From the fresh fish brought in the early AM, to the the Amish making lean cuts of any of your favorite meats, to Bassett's famous ice cream and a number of candy shops, it's your one-stop-shop for all things edible.

    As for the people in Philly, I can't say enough. Being a lifelong resident, I will always stick up for my city, but I've spent significant time in a lot of other cities and folks in Philly are some of the friendliest and caring around. You just have to be nice....and then we'll be nice back. Ha. Philly is a blue-collar city with a no non-sense attitude. You're here to work hard, play hard, and love life. And I think that most people in Philly exude that passion for life. Passion for family. Passion for their city.

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