My family has a lot of history embedded in Philly. My sister lived there after school as she transitioned from college grad to adult, working for the clothing company URBN (Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, Free People, etc.). Philadelphia is also the land where my father came of age. For ten years he walked the streets as he flew for the Air Force and went to med school.
Not only is it a home, of sorts, to my family, but also our country. It is where our Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776. It houses the Liberty Bell, Carpenters' Hall, National Constitution Center and more.
The city has grown up around the history, around the deep-water port that enabled Philly to be a central hub to begin with. Now that URBN has taken over the Naval Yards and a hip ice skating rink lines the Delaware River, the city is different than when my father lived here. Philly is now vibrant, full of to-the-minute trends, full of hour-long brunch lines, and with a full skyline and nightlife.
Philly, you're pretty great.