The Huffington Post has a list of 31 reasons Philadelphia is underrated. While the HuffPo definitely hits some of the highlights, I wanted to compile my own, personal – and completely random – list.
- You can cross Delancey Street and say to your friends, “Hey, look. I’m ‘Crossing Delancey.’ ” [Caution: Joke only works with persons aged 38 to 68.]
- “La la la, just passing through, LOOK AT THAT FUCKIN AWESOME MURAL!!” happens on a regular basis.
- Those pretzels are completely incomprehensible to me. Which is good. Every city should be known for at least one surreally unappetizing food.
- Whatever facet of modern life you may be discussing, you can say, all casual-like, “Yeah, Ben Franklin invented that,” and be right 80% of the time. The other 20% of the time, most likely no one will question you.
- What other city has an Ivy League college whose name sounds like a state school?
- And speaking of which, Kelly Writers House.
- “The Sixth Sense.” I have no idea whether that guy ever made any other movies, though.
- We have a world class art museum… with a statue of a Sylvester Stallone character on the front lawn.
- Oh here, have another world class art museum.
- And we liked this one so much we decided to steal it from the suburbs. Geez, Philly, now you’re just showing off.
- A statue of a giant clothespin stands in the middle of the financial and governmental center of the city, which I find totally, delightfully subversive.
- Finally, and most importantly, Philly is one of the stand-ins for Arrow’s “Starling City.”