Philadelphia: Setting the Record Straight

Philadelphia: Setting the Record Straight

Kristen Lubbe
Jul 27, 2009

We were a little perturbed by the recent article in the July issue of Dwell Magazine. We weren't really happy with the way Philadelphia was portrayed; it's a lot more thriving than the magazine was alluding to. Here are some facts we wanted to set straight about the City of Brotherly Love...

We don't think Philadelphia is only known for "cheesesteaks and colonial kitsch"; there's plenty of great architecture and design in this town.

First and foremost; the path along the Schuylkill river might be narrow, but during the summer months we love attending the movie screenings on the Schuylkill Banks once a month (next up is Indiana Jones on August 8th). The Schuylkill path is lined with new and modern apartment buildings that have been sprouting up over the past few years, a great juxtaposition if you ask me.

Next, the PSFS Building located at 1200 Market Street is a historic landmark (to historians and residents alike). The building is now home to the Philadelphia Loews Hotel. We always recommend this hotel to visitors due to the location and decor.

We've talked about the festivities at the Piazza at Schmidt's before; and it's only grown with popularity since we last wrote about it. The apartments are filling up, and the Home Decor stores are such a treat. We really love visiting Millesime; a Home and Design boutique opened by Jinous Kazemi and Eugenie Perret (owner of the modern furniture store Minima).

Philadelphia is a very walkable city; and we always recommend walking as much as possible to visitors. The Kimmel Center, Ritz Carlton, Loews Hotel, Walnut Street Theater (one of the United States Oldest Theaters) are all within blocks of each other. If walking isn't your thing; try taking the Phlash bus. The Phlash bus takes passengers to 27 locations throughout Center City Philadelphia including Penn's Landing, and Philadelphia Museum of Art. Old City is a section that is full of hundreds of restaurants, art galleries and home interior boutiques.

Philadelphia is also home to Design Philadelphia. A week long, city-wide cultural event that spotlights all things design from architecture to interior design, fashion to product design, textile to graphic design. It's the largest national gathering of its kind.

Do you think Philadelphia is only known for Cheesesteaks and Colonial kitsch?

(Images:,, DesignPhiladelphia)

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