Welcome to Bostroit
Now that the New Urbanists have decamped, Philadelphia is safe again for the Old Urbanists. The New Urbanists didn't lack for witty observations. After a trolley ride along Girard Avenue, and back to Center City, one visitor observed that Philadelphia manages to combine the well-groomed authenticity of Boston and the crumbling squalor of Detroit, thus dubbing the city "Bostroit." Not quite "The Next Great City," but it does capture a more nuanced essence of the old place.