Thank you +Andrij Harasewych
for mentioning Philly in your recent correspondence with me. Haven't been in a while. But I've been reminiscing.
I'm originally from New England (and am back there now, temporarily) but I left as soon as I possibly could. And I picked Philadelphia, site unseen, based on the art school I chose to attend.
As a young man I lived, to varying degrees, in all four corners: sophomore year at 15th and Rodman, junior year in Northern Liberties (back then, it was a ghost town!), after graduation I found myself near the art museum, and after meeting my wife-to-be, down on Fabric Row in Queen Village. There was a number of moves further away before we eventually settled in the northern suburbs.
As soon as my girls were old enough, (about 8 and 10) I started taking them into town on day trips. That's them below, feeding the pigeons at Rittenhouse Square. (The two at center, don't know the little one on the right.) They're lumbering teenagers now, soon to go off to college themselves. I wonder if either will go somewhere in Philly. I'd love it if they did because then I'd have an excuse to get down there more often.
If you ever have a chance to visit, I highly recommend it.