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This article was the Collaboration of the week between 19 September 2006 and 25 September 2006.


Maj and I have been having discussions over LRC protocol about this page for a few days. There's some interesting parallels with Talk:Seattle/Districts, too. The main upshot is: what do we do with information about neighborhoods for non-huge cities? If we're not going to split the neighborhood off into its own district page, where does cohesive info about the neighborhood go? Some ideas we had:

  • as part of the "Understand"
  • as an attraction under "See" or "Do"
  • make a separate section ("Visit"? "Go to some neighborhoods"?)

Anyways, interesting stuff. --Evan 17:23, 4 Jan 2004 (EST)

Hmm... so I think there is/will be enough material to present Philly as a huge city and break it up into districts if we kept it down to the few major geographical divisions.. say West Philly, South Philly, Center City, North Philly, Far NE... and then within these districts include all the other little neighborhood info. What do you think? -nick 21:00, 16 Aug 2004 (EDT)

Yes, this article is in serious need of districting/templating. Jpatokal 04:17, 17 Jun 2005 (EDT)

Coffee Shops

I removed "* Crimson Moon corner of 20th and Sansom Streets, [18]. " from coffee shops. It closed over the summer of 2005. They are supposedly looking for a new space to reopen. 23:16, 31 Jan 2006 (EST)

Skate scene

So, I removed the section on skateboarding and moved the FDR park info into "Parks". --Evan 18:08, 2 Jun 2004 (EDT)

Powelton Village

Noticed that you've listed Powelton Village and certainly agree that it's worthy of a visit. You haven't included any information however ... how about something along the lines of:

Powelton Village is a small, diverse community in the University City section of Philadelphia. It remains visually identifiable, an oasis of tree-lined streets, porch-fronted suburban houses interspersed with a few mansions and their commercial support buildings dating from the second half of the nineteenth century.

I copied it into the page, but next time, please just plunge forward and edit it yourself! --Evan 21:16, 16 Aug 2004 (EDT)

NE Philly

Franklin Mills is listed as "the most visited attraction in pennsylvania". What is the source of this information? On my google search, I found superpages with this quote, attributing the statistic to Franklin Mills itself, also the wikipedia article calls it "one of the most visited attractions in the state".

Fulldecent 08:11, 3 Jan 2006 (EST)

In my reply on your talk page I said: If you think that the comments about Franklin Mills in Philadelphia are unsubstantiated claims please plunge forward and edit it. The phrase, a popular attraction may be better. While Wikitravellers aren't into quoting their sources much, we do support a neutral point of view. -- Huttite 17:06, 3 Jan 2006 (EST)

Huge City

Philadelphia is looking like a Huge City. How should it be broken down? -- Huttite 17:13, 3 Jan 2006 (EST)

That sounds like the lead-in for a WC Fields joke. --Evan 23:43, 3 Jan 2006 (EST)
All right. I think I did it, but I think someone who knows the city needs to give it a once over. I'm not going to make empty spaces for these, but I'll stick the list here anyway. Can any of these be combined? I saw a lot of listings that were like "(Germantown/Mount Airy/Chestnut Hill)" -- is there a name for all of these together?
  • Chestnut Hill
  • Fishtown
  • Frankford
  • Fox Chase
  • Germantown
  • Roxborough

Majnoona 16:09, 18 Jan 2006 (EST)

District naming

Philly's geographical districts should be named a short and sweet "Philadelphia/Northwest" etc, not a redundant "Philadelphia/Northwest Philadelphia". Jpatokal 23:40, 19 Jan 2006 (EST)

Philadelphia/Far Northeast Philadelphia

A district article for far northeast Philadelphia has been created - is it worth having it as a seperate district, or should it be merged into one of the others? -- Tim 09:08, 19 March 2007 (EDT)

I think it should be merged, there is a socio-economic difference between the northeast and far northeast, but in regards to the article, the distinctions made overlap in both. Until information about northeast philadelphia becomes so in-depth that it needs to be split (and let's face it, that'll never happen) it should be combined. Edg126 11:30, 3 May 2007 (EDT)

If there anyone reading this knows enough about Philly, please plunge forward and start merging content. This article is over-districted and should be concentrated into four or five districts, until those begin to overflow. Gorilla Jones 16:38, 14 September 2007 (EDT)


How about a 'When to come' section of the best time to come in the city for annual events w/ the dates. That's usually my interest of coming to wikitravel, finding the local events. Some suggestions: Fourth of July Dad Vail Regatta Penn Relays Festival of World Cinema etc... Edg126 14:42, 3 May 2007 (EDT)

Get In

Anyone know anything about getting in by plane via Skybus into Wilmington airport? That's where we're landing in a month's time but I don't know how best to get to the city. Syscrusher 01:08, 26 March 2008 (EDT)

Since Skybus is now defunct, you will probably have to fly into Philly. If you're still flying in the Wilmington / New Castle, then you will have to arrange for transportation either directly to Philly or to the Wilmington train station and take Amtrak (or SEPTA) to 30th Street Station close to Center City. --Jaar12 10:48, 14 April 2008 (EDT)


Would anyone care to take the time to place these in the correct districts? I can only go by Yelp which has far more 'neighborhoods' listed than the article. Thanks.

  • Alma de Cuba, 1623 Walnut St, +1 215 988-1799, [1]. M-Th 5PM-11PM, F-Sa 5PM-12AM, Su 5PM-10PM; happy hour M-F 5PM-7PM. $50 (entrees at $25).
  • Benny the Bum's, 991 Bustleton Ave (in Northeast Philadelphia), +1 215 673-3000, [2]. "THE" seafood capitol of the Northeast. The atmosphere is casual, upbeat, and definitely fun, decorated with antiques, period signage, and collectible memorabilia. A real crabhouse.
  • Dahlak, 4708 Baltimore Ave (at 47th). M-Su 4PM-10:30PM. Economical Ethiopian/Eritrean fare, one of the original and best east African restaurants in the neighborhood. Lovely traditional decor.
  • Estia, 1405 Locust St, [3]. A Greek and Mediterranean seafood style restaurant featuring imported fish that are all reasonably priced.
  • Franklin Fountain, 116 Market, [4]. An early 1900s-style ice cream saloon with tin ceilings, antique soda dispensers, belt-driven ceiling fans, and servers in period attire.
  • Friday Saturday Sunday (FriSatSun), 261 South 21st St, +1 215 546-4232, [5]. M-Sa 5:30PM-10:30PM, Su 5PM-10PM. A good neighborhood restaurant with regularly updated menu and good, reasonably priced wine list. FriSatSun was a a key contributor to Philly's 'restaurant renaissance' in the 70's, and is still going strong. Reservations recommended. Entrees $20-29.
  • La Famiglia Ristorante, 8 South Front St, +1 215 922-7803, [6]. Philadelphia's Best Italian Restaurant serving customers since 1976. Enormous wine cellar.
  • Le Castagne Ristorante, 1920 Chestnut St, [7]. A sophisticated Northern Italian Restaurant owned by the Sena Family.
  • Lemongrass Thai, 3626-30 Lancaster Ave, +1 215 222-8042, [8].
  • Los Catrines & Tequilas Restaurant, 1602 Locust St, +1 215 546-0181, [9]. Featuring over 100 tequilas. Entrees $20-26.
  • Mamma Maria, 1637 E Passyunk Ave. Fantastico. Just like sitting down at a table in the owners town of Valle San Giovanni in Abruzzo, Italy.
  • Marra's, +1 215 463-9249, [10]. A cozy, family-owned Italian restaurant featuring award-winning pizza. 1734 E. Passyunk Ave. in the heart of South Philly's Italian district.
  • Matyson, 37 S.19th St, [11]. Entrees $18-26, Tasting menu $45.
  • Ralph's, 760 S. Ninth St, +1 215 627-6011, [12]. Frequently voted "Best Italian" in Philadelphia, Ralphs has been owned and operated by the same family since 1900.
  • Rx, 4443 Spruce St, +1 215 222-9590. Great food, with somewhat slow service.
  • Satellite Cafe, 701 S 50th St. Local and organic coffee shop.
  • Vietnam Restaurant, 221 N 11th St, +1 215 592-1163, [13]. Appetizers $4 - $8 / Entrees $8 - $14.
  • White Dog Cafe, 3420 Sansom St, +1 215 386-9224, [14]. M-Th 5:30PM-10PM F-Sa 5:30PM-11PM, Su 5PM-10PM. An elegant restaurant that is bound to the local community. They use products from local farmers, and serve beers from local breweries. The food is mostly American/Continental style, with pub grub served at the bar. $15-25.
  • Zocalo, 3600 Lancaster Ave (in University City), +1 215 895-0139, [15]. M-F 12PM-3PM & 5PM-10PM, Sa 5PM-11PM, Su 5PM-9PM. Contemporary upscale Mexican cuisine.
  • Barclay Prime, 237 S 18th St, [16]. Luxury boutique steakhouse.
  • Le Bec Fin, 523 Walnut St, +1 215 751-9913, [17]. 5-star French restaurant. A fine dining experience to rival anything New York has to offer.


The Learn section could be greatly improved if modeled somewhat after Chicago's, the narrative form. The big boring list as it is now is terrible.