It so happened that I visited Philadelphia several times during these past few weeks, managing to explore the city a bit more thoroughly and see a couple of previously skipped attractions that it is famous for, such as The Franklin Institute and Eastern State Penitentiary. Therefore, I no longer feel ashamed of being culturally ignorant local of the Southeastern Pennsylvania. Since I have already posted about Philadelphia and expressed my deep interest in, and admiration for, such a diverse historical landmark, I simply want to share my photographic observations of such aspects of the city’s life as street art and decoration, architectural style and restaurant facades in particular, and, of course, people.
Street Art and Decoration
Whatever the status of a city dictates and however strict the building code might be, one should not forget that artless surrounding may not foster creative consciousness and may even be detrimental to the community’s attitude towards urban aesthetics. And it is certainly a big win for Philadelphia to shelter various artistic displays even amongst most unsophisticated architectural forms.
It simply pleases the eye to see taste and thoughtfulness in such ordinary things as Christmas decorations and nameplates.
One passion of mine that plenty of old American cities can indulge is the demonstratively ragged-looking buildings with chunks of frayed paint and other such attributes. I hope am not alone in this eccentricity, and someone else also finds my aesthetic likings well-grounded.
It is, however, boring to roam around and let your eyes rove over decks of single-type two- or three-strorey brick dwellings, as it was the case with Portsmouth, New Hampshire. To the opposite, in Philly you have to lift your eyes to get a better perception of the architectural grandeur.
And when the night is about to descend upon the boiling life of central avenues and quiet of shady back corners, all buildings reemerge in the cozy welcoming illumination of drawn cast iron street lights.
People and Dining
All I can say about restaurants of Philadelphia is that there are some nice, really really nice places out there. And why this is all I can say is because I could never afford to go to one, and so would not know any better :) As for the people… well, they are not much different than anywhere else: some are sweating to prepare best experiences for those who pay; others are trying to, or have already, become those that pay; and the rest seem to be quite comfortable where they are, tied up by responsibilities and not real versed in high-class delights. Till next time…