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An Unattractive City? Big Deal.

July 28, 2010

In a very recent Travel + Leisure Magazine study, Philadelphia ranked last (30th) out of 30 American cities in having the least attractive people.  Obtaining this ignominious honor resulted from a “scientific” survey by the magazine’s website and having both residents and visitors rank various qualities of a city.  So, yes, apparently due to a combination of resident and visitor opinion, Philadelphia has less attractive people than Portland (Oregon), St. Louis and even Cleveland (bless their hearts, they’ve got to have something to brag about now that they’ve lost Lebron James).

But cheer up, my fellow unattractive Philadelphians.  Maybe we have low self esteem about our attractiveness (because I certainly think we should at least rank higher than Seattle and Kansas City), but we have many other things going for us.  So here’s some things, both in the legal and non-legal world, we can hold over other American cities:

  • We were one of the first capital cities of the country and birthplace of the Declaration of Independence and United States Constitution.
  • We have American’s first chartered metropolitan bar association.  The Philadelphia Bar Association was founded back in 1802, back before Portland, Seattle, Minneapolis and any other city west of the Mississippi even became part of the country.
  • We have the fourth best street food in the world.  Budget Travel and CNN.com thinks that only Portland and Los Angeles have beeter street food that us, highlighting our Italian Market and portable food like cheesesteaks and soft pretzels.
  • We have the nation’s oldest law journal, The Legal Intelligencer.  So we have that going for us.  Which is nice.
  • We are one of the top 14 best cities in the world to drink beer, according to Frommer’s.   The travel guide series named only three U.S. cities among its top 14, including Portland (darn them – they have more attractive people, better street food and just as good beer).  I’ll side with Philly Beer Week’s tagline that we are “American’s Best Beer Drinking City.”
  • We are the home of the “Philadelphia Lawyer,” defined by Merriam-Webster as “a lawyer knowledgeable in the most minute aspects of the law.”  I’ve certainly never heard of a “Kansas City Lawyer” or a “Portland Lawyer.”

And we have many more things to be proud of, like having restaurants from three Food Network Iron Chefs, sports teams and so much more.   Besides, if Travel + Leisure is right, we can always eat good street food and drink our great craft beer to forget about how we look.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. December 13, 2010 7:06 pm

    Congrats on the great article. Im from Ireland and i love the history and people in Philadelphia. I have family living in the city so i visit Philly every few years. Its one of the great cities.

  2. December 13, 2010 7:08 pm

    I agree. Its a great city with a great history and tradition.

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