Philadelphia Named One Of The Hottest American Cities Of The Future By Business Insider

Business Insider took a look at job growth, affordability, residents’ well being, tech innovation, sustainability, culture and “cool factor” in cities across America and came up with a list of 15 cities that they think will be hot in 20 years. Guess what? Philadelphia made the cut! The piece predicted that the city “will become a dynamic arts destination,” and named low housing prices, affordable lifestyle and a cool arts scene as important contributors to that end. We obviously couldn’t agree more, but it’s great to get national recognition for the efforts of local creative professionals. [Business Insider]


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  1. Where is this affordable housing of which they speak? Affordable housing is in such gross neighborhoods…. At least to me these neighborhoods are not so desirable.

  2. affordable compared to nyc! i have mixed feelings. i love philly and am glad it is finally getting the recognition it deserves, and there’s some really exciting stuff going on. but i hope that doesn’t lead to overcrowding and higher rent…

  3. I was born and raised in So Phila and have lived in FL for 35 yrs now, but I still love the city, love to visit and will always be a Philadelphian at heart. It has become a very cool, sophisticated city and Ive been in lots of cities worldwide.

  4. From NY, but like Philly more. There’s a coziness in spite of being one of the largest cities in the nation. Constantly run into people you know all over town, which never happens in NY. What else? Proximity to the ocean in NJ, DE, MD, 2 hours drive to NYC or DC, less than 2 hours to the mountains, lots of stuff to do all over town, and the largest park system of any city in the nation, Fairmount Park with plenty of trails for riding bikes or horses, running, or just hiking. Plenty of great blossoming neighborhoods with young people, cultured old neighborhoods like Port Richmond, Fishtown, South Philly, West Philly, Germantown Ave in Germantown, Mt.Airy and Chestnut Hill, with history and pride, and beautiful suburbs rivaling any, with areas like Chester County, Brandywine Valley and Valley Forge Malls.

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