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User currently offlineLouis From Canada, joined Oct 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Posted (16 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1329 times:

This isn't really related to aviation, but I need some information on Philadelphia (even the airport would do  ). I may have to go down there for an interview in May. What's it like? What's it like living there? Is there anything happening there? How does it compare to New York City?



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User currently offlineYaki1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (16 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1183 times:

Philadelphia is not bad, historically fairly interesting for a tourist.There's some pretty bad looking areas but it's famous for that. Don't forget a Philly steak sandwich at Mike's for the original. The airport is pretty nice but access from the highways can be confusing, I ended up in New Jersey and paid tolls to get back to PA. It doesn't really compare to NY for entertainment and things to do but what city in the US can?

User currently offlineDoug From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 861 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (16 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1181 times:

I have family there and I have been to the city many times.I was not impressed.Its like a little New York.The bad neighborhoods out number the good by a landslide.The food (especially the Italian) was very good,as well as the famous cheesesteak sandwiches.The airport leaves a lot to be desired,the people were not as rude as I thought they would be.As far as raising a family there no way.The women wont be in the sports illustrated swim suit issue anytime soon.I have knocks about the town but I have been to worst (i.e Atlantic City)the absolute pitts

User currently offlineMatt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 43
Reply 3, posted (16 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1176 times:

While I don't live in Phillie, nor have I ever, I have been there many times, and I must say it's not a bad town. Yaki1 is right, the roads can be confusing. Seeing the exit for "Street Road" (yes, Street Road) off the 95 does little to help. If you are into partying, or just having a fun night out, South Street on Saturday nights is one of the finest places to go.......

User currently offlineUPS Pilot From United States of America, joined May 1999, 871 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (16 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1172 times:

Yak summed it up if you move there may I suggest West Chester.

User currently offlineAC183 From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 1532 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (16 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1176 times:

Louis, what are you graduating from? Also, why are you looking at going to Philadelphia? I'd be interested to hear what you're thinking of doing.

User currently offlineAirT85 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (16 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1168 times:

Philly sux!!! lol, icant stand it! i am sure many people love this city, but i am the first one who wants out lol!!! i miss Atlanta! it isnt that bad really. just a little dirty lol. but anyways. im sure you'll like it, it is easy to fall in love with(and for that matter, out of love)   hehe well anyways

User currently offlineLouis From Canada, joined Oct 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (16 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1164 times:

Gosh, Philly doesn't look like that great of a city. My cousin said pretty much the same thing -- dirty, not much to do, no women  . Thanks for the responses!

AC183: I'm graduating with a degree in Economics. I'm not looking in Philadelphia, per se. Actually, I'm looking more in New York City because I family there and I love the city. But New York companies are so anal about who they hire and it looks like they mostly consider local people. I've sent a shitload of resumes there and only got a handful of responses, most of them amounted to nothing. I only got one interview there. So, I started looking elsewhere, and I applied to one in Philadelphia because it's pretty close to NYC. They called me right away! The job in Philly is much better than the one in New York in terms of salary, benefits, etc., which is light years better than anything I could ever get in Canada. So it's not that I'm itching to go to Philly so much, but to be as close as I can to my family in New York. But based on everyone's description of Philly, it's no wonder they're paying so much for an entry level position! What else do ya wanna know?


User currently offlinePhilly phlyer From United States of America, joined May 1999, 317 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (16 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1162 times:


By my Username, it should come as no surprise that I live in Philly. It's interesting that you mentioned that you wanted to work in New York and are now considering Philly, because I work in New York. My wife and I moved to Philly about fifteen years ago. When my job moved to NYC, we decided to stay in Philly because we like it here so much.

Philly to NYC by train is about an hour and fifteen minutes. There a quite a few daily commuters between the two cities, so if you get a job in one city, there's always the chance that you eventually will work in the other.

The cost of living in Philly is quite a lot less than NYC and the city is more relaxed. This is a big reason that many people who work in NYC still live in Philly. As with any city, there are good neighborhoods and bad, but don't listen to the naysayers who are experts by opinion and haven't lived here.

As a young person out of college, if you took the job and moved here, I would suggest that you consider an apartment in Old City (near South Street), Manayunk (old industrial part of city turned into shops and residences), Chestnut Hill or a close-in suburb on the "Main Line." Of course, a lot would depend on where your employer was located in the city.

One other thing to think about, is if you decide to further your education, there are some outstanding schools in the city with advance degree programs. With a degree in economics, the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton Business School obviously would be of prime interest to you.

Good luck in your job search and new career.

User currently offlineHypermike From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 1001 posts, RR: 5
Reply 9, posted (16 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1155 times:

UPS Pilot, my office is in West Chester, better known as West Middle of Nowhere.

I'm a born and bred Pittsburgher, and moving to Philly was tragic for me. I don't really like the city, but that's just me. I miss the friendly people of Pittsburgh.

User currently offlineAC183 From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 1532 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (16 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 1153 times:

Louis, I was just interested in what you are taking, and why you would want to go so far from Edmonton. I'll be a while before I graduate with my engineering degree, and I will probably look at all my options at that time, too, although I like the prairies and feel at home in western Canada. Just curious, also, if you've investigated all your options in Edmonton, Calgary, or even Vancouver or Toronto, or whether it's your first choice to go to NYC.

User currently offlineLouis From Canada, joined Oct 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (16 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 1143 times:

Philly: Thanks for the info and encouragement! I am going down there in May for the interview. At the same time, I'll check the city out.

AC183: New York was my first choice of destination. I have also been looking in L.A., Houston and Atlanta. I only now considered Philly, but mostly for it's proximity to NYC. Anyways, to answer your question, I haven't looked for work in Canada, but I have checked out the job situation. For BA's in econ, it sucks shit. They offer next to nothing and give dick for benifits (but that's not why I'm not looking in Canada). There aren't even that many jobs to choose from here. And it's not that they have no money -- they do -- but Canadian companies don't know how to respect their resources. That's why we have such a brain drain here. I don't wanna get into that now.

City by city: Edmonton has nothing at all. Maybe you can get some low-rent job for the Alberta Government. Calgary is much better, but it's cooling off now. Toronto may be the best in Canada, but for what they offer, it's too expensive to live there. They mostly consider locals there too. And Vancouver is slumping and is probably the most expensive city in North America to live in.

To do anything econ related in Canada, you really need a Masters and although I want to get one, I'm not ready to committ myself to that just yet. But even with a Masters, you can't compare the two countries in terms of job prospects and salaries. Same would go for engineering and other fields as well.

I explained why I NYC was my first choice before.



User currently offlineVirginA340 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 15 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (16 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1143 times:

Lou; wuz up!?! Phily is a great city. It's about an hour by trian to NYC The crime rate is down from what it was ten years ago the people are nice and I recomend the cheese steaks at Mike's. The roads around the city can be confusing and the driving is a bit horrible so watch out. The airport is pretty good for spotting. It's pretty much a US Airways dominated city. But it's still not as great as New York City. LA has too many diasters going on and the polution and crime rate has skyrocketed along with Houston. Ever thought about going to Chicago? It's closer to you or maybe even NYC.

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