Joseph G. Brin, Architect & Writer

New York Impressions

In Architecture, Urban Space on March 8, 2012 at 2:54 am

M1_Empire State day 5 in

Empire State Building

Photo: Joseph G. Brin © 2012

Have you ever seen someone do a bad impression? It’s kind of embarrassing. You either have the gift or you don’t. Philadelphia should just give it up, stop trying to be New York City or wishing it was New York City. We already have two fake Chrysler Buildings (Liberty Place I & II) in Philadelphia. Embarrassing enough.

New York City’s riches are manifold and manifest. It’s also so huge, more of a whirling planet than a city – both exhilarating and exhausting.

But someone asked me once “What is Philadelphia?” and I’ve been trying to figure it out ever since.

Compare and contrast might be the ticket to understanding…

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