Scenic USA - Pennsylvania

Philly's Center City

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Philly Skyline - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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   Strategically centered between the Delaware and Schuylkill rivers, Philadelphia has managed to keep pace as one of America's largest cities. This late day Center City skyline view captures some of the Philly's largest skyscrapers, including one of the tallest masonry buildings in the world, Philadelphia’s City Hall. Breaking a gentleman's agreement, the completion of One Liberty Place took the place of City Hall as the city’s tallest building, leading to the Billy Penn Curse. Once City Hall lost its status as the tallest building in town, Philadelphia's professional sports teams experienced a championship drought for two decades. To break the curse, a statue of William Penn was placed on top of Comcast Center. Once the spell was finally broken, the Phillies captured the 2008 World Series title.
   While Philadelphia's population slowly declined over the last 50 years, Philadelphia's Center City grew by 10 percent, making it the third populous downtown in America. With the huge influx of daily commuters and visitors, Center City population may triple to nearly a quarter million people over the course of the day.
   Founded in 1682, William Penn's plan for Philadelphia included a shipping port and a place for a central government. During its initial 75 years, the city grew to be the largest among the thirteen original colonies. Known as the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia is recognized today for its early American history. Visitors flock to the city to see Independence Hall, the home of Betsy Ross and Liberty Bell Center.
   America's most historic square mile is also home to the city's arts and culture. With so many attractions to choose from, you'll find more top picks at the Franklin Square, Philadelphia Zoo, Independence Sea Port Museum, the Smith Playhouse and Playground and the Franklin Institute. With the sight of ethnic restaurants on just about every corner, you won't forget about food. One couldn't possibly leave town without trying a Philly cheesesteak, spaghetti and meatballs, a hotdog from a sidewalk stand, or a frosty hometown brew.

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