Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Philadelphia



I grew up about 20 minutes south of philly, my whole family descended from there. Just like any other city it has it's good and bad. Some of the worst areas have some of the most beautiful graffiti.

45 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

its dirty. its destroyed. its graffitied.

its beautiful

9:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i went to college in phila. and will tell you that the ultimate shithole on earth is north philadelphia. west philly might have more murders, but north phila with its abandoned blocks of crumbling crackhouses wins hands down.

went through there recently b/c i had to. surprise! it got even worse. didn't think it was possible.

11:40 PM  
Blogger Andrea said...

Unlike Center City Philadelphia, other area's such as north,south,southwest,etc dont have people hired to keep it clean. People start to loose faith and they give up. In center city you will see a trash can on every corner. In other places in philly you dont see a trash can but you do see the police everywhere. When the trash truck drops trash on the ground they just leave it there! They dont even pick it up. Its sad but its what we have to face everyday. I can clean outside my home but I cant make my neighbors clean. When the wind blows you cant even tell I cleaned. Sad So Sad. Its home and I love it. I will say that if I had more money I would move to a better neighborhood.

4:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Philadelphia is a great city: you just have to know where NOT to go. Stay in Center City, University City, Society Hill, or Old City. If you not familiar with the city, stay away from anywhere north of Girard Ave, west of 49th street, and south of Christian St.

But don't let it's reputation deprive you of a wonderful city.

3:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sorry but IMHO there is nothing nice about Philly. Can we ever turn it around?

2:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you should get some pictures in pittsburgh.they actually do have some pretty bad parts.especially these parts here:Homewood,Garfield,East Liberty,Penn Hills & a couple of other parts.
Check it out.
& nice pics

8:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Umm, most of that is not graffiti, they're one of the hundreds of murals that are a part of the City's Mural Arts program.

http://www.muralarts.org/
http://www.time.com/time/photogallery/0,29307,1649278_1421152,00.html

1:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

phillys tough....ghetto as hell, just like rest of east coast....baltimore, dc, brooklyn, etc....oldest part of america what u expect

10:35 PM  
Blogger Nate said...

Philadelphia isn't really a ghetto. Camden,NJ is the real ghetto. My uncle went there and he left as soon as he can. P.S. Born in Philadelphia and thought it was s*******!

2:21 AM  
Anonymous ypg said...

Im from norf philly and i luv my city, there may be murders every day and sum peeple say its da worst city in america right and it is ghetto lookin and i love it and i luv tha part in norf philly where thers a mcdonalds on every corner i dont care wat no one says phillys da best city in the world i luv philly

2:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know a place of 4000 people that now has become a ghetto it is Shenandoah Pennsylvania it is only a small town not a city but is filthy drug infested and every gang has a piece of it.shocking that a small coal region town has become this

4:36 PM  
Anonymous nicole said...

just like the south bronx, to me philly had a certain beauty about it in a weird way as far as the people and appearance are concerned

10:35 PM  
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Blogger Kate said...

I've lived in Center City for 2 yrs, and everyday, i wake up hoping i'll wake up somewhere else. I'm planning the move now, so I'm so excited. If you did not grow up in a place like this, you will never understand it. The people are so ghetto and un educated. If you take public transportation, you can bet, women are yelling, often cursing at their young kids, to shut up, all while patting their weeves. (cause it itches, as i could not wait to add to my knowledge)... Every block u walk is a sad story asking for change..At first, I acknowledged them, til one day, i said I had no change while shuffling my bills... the man wrinkled his brow, eyeing my bills, and with accusation, said " well u have a five bitch, I'll take that".. My parents taught me the world owes me nothing..u work to get what u want... apparently, this poor person did not learn that...felt i owed it to them.. Lesson learned, by me. Not everyone in the world has good parents, good life, or morals.. I'm sorry for them, but I can't save anyone. They don't need five dollars, they need help way beyond my knowledge.. When I was new here, I bought a woman a hotdog instead of giving money... She didn't say thank you, started to eat it, and said, "couldn't afford nothin' better? HA" I'm done trying. this place is not happy or kind. It's a battleground.

11:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, as an added bonus to the ladies whom are thinking of living here...pack nothing but black polish for the toes, one hour walking through the city will blacken the best pedi...U have to wear flops cause it's so hot, but u have to scrub & expholiate ur feet everytime u come home. I call my black flip flops, my philly flops. No need to ever buy light colored, like u would in the suburbs, or anywhere else but here. Oh, and if you don't like dirt, move to Chicago! Very clean city.

11:44 PM  
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Anonymous lissy said...

Philly just like every other urban city throughout the world has its problems but its about seeing the beauty throughout it all. If we didnt have citites like philly, the world wouldnt have balance and people would not be individuals. Philly has sooo much culture but people dont see that because they rather judge but the physical qualities. Yea some sections of the city is bad and the people are ignorant but you will never find people who are so real and cultural. I Love My City, Born && Raised in North Philly, I got out and explored the world. I know there is no better place than the cities of the East Coast!

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

its all about the south bitch

3:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know what Hell looks like, it looks like North Philadelphia. I lived in that town for a few years, generally thought it was so bad it made the South Bronx look like the OC in comparison.

3:03 PM  
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2:31 PM  
Anonymous lbloxangel said...

hey, im from camden in london, england, some people here have money and some have nothing, its still a good place2 live though.a lot of drug problems, crackheads everywhere, but a lot of vibrant people,eccentric people (like the man that thinks hes jesus who stands outside 99p shop) and music events always goin on. jus wondered if sum1 could tell me how is it in camden in america?

2:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

son im from camden new jersey born and raised.polock mechanic street..son i were i live at is like pakistan.....no jobs...so we sell dope....if u aint built for da hood....stay were u at......and niggaz iz killaz son.....we get murder cap and most dangerous city in da us for a reason.....i fuckk wit newark philly and da city...but ny jerzey philly......we all keep it gully ya dig....

3:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

one of u said the gov. dont care about philly. i say good! wtf should the gov give free hand outs to bums and or niggas? JOB did u ever hear of it? TRANSPORTATION did u ever hear of it LEAVE if its so bad. Retards! but im sure there will be a post "Nah man nah i cant leave man." Truth is u can. Your life will be better. And dont worry i know all ghetto niggas are really afraid of white people. white people wont do anything bad to u, in most places. We are not like you ghetto darkies thinking on the train "Theres whitey, get that white mutha fucka! he rich he white" Im telling u its ghetto nigs fault for racist white people these days.

12:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know what ur talking about Shenadoh! that place is so trashy. The whole area i heard is gonna be a battle ground soon. Hispanics v. whites. in other surrounding areas philly nigars who just moved there and there friends v. white neo nazis. But ill tell ya ur safer if ur black then u r if ur hispanic.

12:20 AM  
Blogger Kevin said...

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8:23 AM  
Anonymous philly resident said...

kevin,

there is some truth about what anonymous is saying. this city is controlled by a large racial divide that turns people against each other. I live in north philly (west) and black people are acting like fucking idiots over here. i hear shots almost everyday and ive had to pull my gun out on more than three people breaking into my house. my cars been stolen, ive been mugged, and its all by blacks (60% of the city).

when i got to different bad neighborhoods that white people live in, like kensington or south east philly (3rd and snyder) all they do is shoot up thier dope and nod out of your way. not as much violence.

can you blame people for becomming racist?

where are you from in philly?

12:16 PM  
Anonymous Cathy said...

Very depressing and dreary. When I saw these pics, my first reaction was, 'People actually live here?' Very sad indeed.

12:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have migrated from Brooklyn NY and been a resident to the Philadelphia area since the year 1991 I have seen changes since I have been here they need more recreation for the young people a bigger budget that's where they need to start !

3:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i lived in indianapolis for 19 years, memphis for 6 years, philly for 3 years, and now i'm in Pittsburgh, let me just start by saying memphis wasn't too bad. pittsburgh is hardly bad at all, philly is kinda ghetto, but indianapolis IS ROUGH. The neighborhood i grew up in was on the eastside of indy, a neighborhood called brightwood. look it up, u gotta grow up with a gun round there. it is NO games. 1.DONT RUN YOUR MOUTH.
2.DONT MUG PEOPLE UNLESS YOU WANNA GET SHIT STARTED.
3.DONT STOP AT ANY STOPLIGHT NEAR BRIGHTWOOD/2G/HARDPART/BRICKCITY/HAUGHVILLE/TRE-4/DAMN NEAR ANYWHERE! PEOPLE IN INDY COULD CARE LESS. LOTS OF LOW INCOME PEOPLE, GHETTO PEOPLE. SCREAMING/FIGHTING/SHOOTING ALL DAY LONG! YOU GUYS THINK PHILLY IS BAD? GO TO INDY.. ITS THE WORST PLACE I HAVE LIVED IN ALL MY YEARS.. NO JOBS TO FIND, EVERYONE IN THE HOOD HAS TO SELL DOPE/ROB/KILL FOE MONEY. the schools are very bad, from experience i had to carry a switchblade in elementary cuz i would get jumped everyday. middle school is when i had to step up to a gun. my first gun was a glock .40 in 7th grade. without that gun god knows where i would be right now. it saved me numerous times.

10:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reminds me of what half of the south and midwest look like. After meth hit the small towns they crumbled upon themselves.

12:25 PM  
Anonymous TriRacial Terrific said...

Actually, the inner city in Philly as hateful and dangerous at it may look to the outside is far less hateful to the outside and even vice versa than to themselves. The same dark skinned, uneducated out-of-shape sistas who will be hateful to a very iffy white-looking multiracial woman like me if I walk next to Kevin wear the same long blonde weaves they are paying at lead $150 to get while their children sit in dirty diapers, get blue contact lenses from stores not qualified or clean enough to sell them, would never want any part of Kevin if he wasn't with somebody else because he isn't sagging or wearing a tight pink T-shirt a girl should wear while being blatantly disrespectful to them, and when I am alone they might just be trying to get next to me on the sly while the brothers will be a lot more open and unapologetic from exhaustion from the bull endured from such females than you could imagine. That is exactly what I saw happen every day there for five years. Just food for thought...

11:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

was in philly for first time in many years. Took the train from Boston. Coming in to Philly, I was kind of shocked by the trashed, run down scene that was apparently North Philadelphia. Looked liek a war zone.

1:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From Inglewood Ca, raised in Compton Califiornia and various parts of Los Angeles... It's amazing to hear such stories about Philly, in which I've never been but really want to visit! Sometimes you feel your city is the only fucked up place in America cuz that's what you see everyday but this is a worldwide epidemic..... Cali got its low Down dirty areas where they dont give a fuck about us, they brought the guns the drugs liquor stores on every corner and lil baptist churches too! Bums prostitutes Bangers on every corner.... The hoods are so close to each other you wonder why they ain't killed each other off yet! I mean this is not even the half! People die left and right here! But I see it's not just my city, this is world wide right here.... But I love the East Coast.... When I was in DMV area and traveled thru maryland to Delaware to New Jersey to New York, the Bronx and Harlem I was in Awe! Beautiful in its rarest form! Intrigued beyond words! I love the east coast' history... I respect it

11:28 AM  
Blogger mamabingi said...

I love philly!!! It needs work and people who care but it has so much culture and history and potential!! I live in west Philly . People are ignorant regardless of race or socioeconomic status. I work at Upenn and even there the "educated people" can be horrible. I have learnt not to judge, my job takes me into people's house's in all the neighborhoods mentioned as rough. Not all the people who live there are uneducated or ignorant some are just stuck!! Finances keep them there.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bill Cosby grew up with the REAL Fat Albert in North Philadelphia. Their housing projects were on Marshal St. Back then (the 1940s & 1950s) those neighborhoods consisted of hard working "blue collar" families, most of whom were city and factory workers. That's why Bill Cosby's "animated" North Philadelphia seems so far removed from "harsh reality." The cartoon was "geared" for a 1970s audience. The clothing worn by Fat Albert and the Cosby kids was a mixture of 1950s AND 1970s attire!But one thing's for certin: All those old neighborhoods (and they do "look" like the ruins of the neat old places Bill Cosby depicts in the old Fat Albert show)consist of boarded up old row-houses. How the people that used to live there found "parking" is beyond me. Those crumbling old streets are rediculously "narrow!" Even the SIDEWALKS would have been too "tiny" for Bill, Albert and the rest to shoot MARBLES on! You'd get hit by a damn car just steppin' out the front door! Anyway, those days and those good civil citizens are mostly long gone now. No more Rhythm and Blues music, no more "doo wop, no more smells of food cooking in the oven," no more old time black gospel music,.. No more authentic "culture", NOTHIN'! Nothin' but ugliness, drugs, violence, crack-houses, racism (which always has a probem there, but nowhere NEAR as bad as "today!" Let me "warn" you: If you're white, stay the hell OUT of North Philly! They Fuckin' POACH white people there! And I'm a freakishly "maroon" GINGER KID! In fact, if you're black and your skin is a tad too LIGHT, you can get killed! They don't call that city "KILLADELPHIA" for nothin, jack!**Truth is, the "hoods" in those condemned old projects are just looking for any "excuse" to shed more blood! It doesn't have to even be a "valid' excuse!) Those old neighborhoods have been deserted for DECADES. Bill Cosby, his baby brother Russell, Rudy Davids, and the others (who's "real" names have never been revealed) wouldn't even "recognize" those neighborhoods today! And all evidence suggests that the real Fat Albert (not surprisingly) died many years ago. And they "know better" than to try to visit the place even for "Old Time Sake"... too violent. The area around Marshal St. is one of the "worst" most war-torn parts North philly. There are no more "good times to be had in that god forsaken "shit-pit!" If you want to "see' it, it is still kinda "neat." .. In a sad kind of way. You can visit those old neighborhoods by getting on "Google" or "Bing" (those are the best search engines) type in North Philadelphia, then go to the top of the screen and click "IMAGES." That's the only safe way to "tour" the place. You can also check it out on "Google Maps." That's the way to do it. For god sake don't ever actually "GO" there. You'll also get to see how "eerie" those abandoned sections of town (they go on for MILES and MILES)have become. Those streets have got to be haunted by all the THOUSANDS of people who've been murdered there over the past four and a half decades. Go there, and your spirit may never get to 'leave!' Go there "online" and you'll be just fine

1:23 AM  
Blogger Bilaal Muhammad said...

I was birthed in Philadelphia, and most of my time was in North Philly. I agree North Philly is a hell hole. But like one have stated there is good and bad in every city. I moved in 98, but Philly will always be home. I love that city. I have adopted Savannah, GA because it reminds me so much of Philly. Great Pics. I am a writer and I penned a poem titled "Jesus Returned to The Ghetto" and I will use some of these pics for a mural I'm designing.

6:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Philly is a shithole that blacks and democrats have ruined. If you are white, DO NOT GO TO PHILLY.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I live in north Philly and honestly I love and it's not that bad. Me and my friends walk around the streets at every corner. Well yeah there are alot of meth labs here BUT there is also good people here that really makes it feel loving. Not saying it's good but I mean it is kinda hard for people who never bin here before cuz u need to pick up fast! There is crime and Meth but u know people here are sometimes friendly.

3:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Makes me feel comfortable

3:18 AM  

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