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moby
Apr 10th, 2011, 04:55 AM
Can anyone tell me about Chicago as a city?

In particular, I'm curious about gay life, and how the scene is like for Asians.

doni1212
Apr 10th, 2011, 04:33 PM
I have no idea about Asians but the gay life is definitely booming there.

DaMamaJama87
Apr 10th, 2011, 05:34 PM
So, after all that worrying and complaining about grad school, you got into UPenn? :p

Stamp Paid
Apr 10th, 2011, 07:24 PM
So, after all that worrying and complaining about grad school, you got into UPenn? :pCongrats, moby dahling :hearts:

mckyle.
Apr 10th, 2011, 07:25 PM
I've read it's the city with the ugliest people.

ptkten
Apr 10th, 2011, 08:16 PM
Philadelphia is a very vibrant city, particularly downtown. Center City and University City are two of the most dense and lively neighborhoods of any city in the country, day and night. You can walk to just about anything and a car would not be necessary at all. If you are gay or asian you won't have any problems finding similar people and things to do in those neighborhoods. There have been some problems between the black and asian communities in North Philly and at public schools but they're in areas that you likely wouldn't be going to or living near. The negative of Philly is that there is still a significant amount of crime in many neighborhoods but the downtown areas are generally very safe.

Don't know much specifically about gay life but the "gayborhood" is generally considered to be a part of the Washington Square West neighborhood which is between 7th and broad streets and walnut and south streets. For Asians, there are a large percentage of Asians that live in University City and obviously there are a lot of Asian restaurants in Chinatown which is a part of Center City. Now, a lot of the Asian immigrants are moving to South Philly which has a lot of nice neighborhoods east of Broad Street.

moby
Apr 12th, 2011, 04:57 AM
^ Thanks ptkten. More responses are welcome.

njnetswill
Apr 12th, 2011, 05:20 AM
The anti-Asian school violence occurred in South Philly.

Philadelphia is nice enough. Not a "wow" city, but certainly better than a lot of other urban areas in the country. Philadelphia is actually growing and becoming more vibrant, unlike most cities in the Northeast/Midwest of the country.

Barrie_Dude
Apr 12th, 2011, 06:03 PM
Stay out of South Philly. And its a mean, hard town.

ptkten
Apr 13th, 2011, 03:43 AM
Stay out of South Philly. And its a mean, hard town.

Are you sure you don't mean North Philly? South Philly has some bad areas west of broad but south philly east of broad street has some of the better city neighborhoods in the country. Philly's an interesting city because it has some of the best urban neighborhoods in the country and some of the worst, it's all about knowing where to go.

delicatecutter
Apr 13th, 2011, 04:11 AM
Enjoy your time in Philly. When do you think you'll go back to Singapore?

moby
Apr 16th, 2011, 08:53 AM
*bump

JN
Apr 16th, 2011, 03:25 PM
I've read it's the city with the ugliest people.

That would be Denver.

Barrie_Dude
Apr 16th, 2011, 11:27 PM
Chicago I love. Great city, especially downtown on the Miracle Mile. Very vibrant. Good music scene. And some really good BBQ Joints

Barrie_Dude
Apr 16th, 2011, 11:30 PM
Are you sure you don't mean North Philly? South Philly has some bad areas west of broad but south philly east of broad street has some of the better city neighborhoods in the country. Philly's an interesting city because it has some of the best urban neighborhoods in the country and some of the worst, it's all about knowing where to go. 30 years ago, it was South Philly that had a bad rap

mckyle.
Apr 16th, 2011, 11:30 PM
That would be Denver.

Yeah, the poll I was referring to is from 2009. I guess they've been dethroned.

I don't know where Chicago sits though.