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    Posted June 17, 2012 by
    phillyPeteDe
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    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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    City smackdown: Philadelphia

    Seriously? This isn't even fair...

     
    How can this even be close? Philly beats Detroit on so many levels, just to name a few Food, Education, Sports, Location...

    Food:
    When the NY Times writes about your food trucks you're doing well: http://travel.nytimes.com/2012/05/13/travel/in-philadelphia-food-trucks-are-rolling.html

    Oh and this too: "These enormously satisfying, small new restaurants made me reconsider everything I’d thought about what makes a great food city. When I looked back at my seven criteria, I realized that Philly performed poorly in many categories, but it’s still an outstanding place to eat. The neighborhood restaurants, better than many of the top restaurants in smaller cities, allow you to have a good meal any day of the week—and to befriend the chef. Would the food scene be better if there were more fabulous destination restaurants? Perhaps. But birthdays and anniversaries come around only a few times a year. I love a city that inspires palates every day and brings a sense of fun to the adventure of eating out. Now, I’m planning to go back to Philadelphia for ravioli stuffed with mashed potatoes, pecorino and leeks at Melograno and a wood-fired pizza at Osteria. And it occurred to me: There are now more places I want to try in Philadelphia than in New York."
    (from Food and Wine: http://www.foodandwine.com/articles/what-defines-a-great-food-city)

    Education:
    When you have the second largest population of college students on the east coast and 3 major research universities in the city you're doing well: Philadelphia has the second-largest student concentration on the East Coast, with over 120,000 college and university students enrolled within the city and nearly 300,000 in the metropolitan area. There are over 80 colleges, universities, trade, and specialty schools in the Philadelphia region. The city contains three major research universities: the University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University, and Temple University; and the city is home to five schools of medicine: Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Temple University School of Medicine, Thomas Jefferson University, and the University of Pennsylvania. (Source: wikipedia)

    (Quality) Sports teams:
    Eagles, 76ers, Flyers, Phillies, Union + all the college sports teams!

    I'm not a Detroit expert, my knowledge of the city is more about passing through to get to Windsor where you only have to be 18 to get a beer...and this article:
    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/05/opinion/a-government-bailout-saved-the-auto-industry-but-detroit-was-left-behind.html?_r=1

    Pretty amazing some genius thought this would make a good matchup...
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