The Local Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Area
There's plenty to do, see, and learn in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Here's a short breakdown from Wikipedia:
Philadelphia is the largest city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the county seat of Philadelphia County, with which it is coterminous. The city is located in the Northeastern United States along the Delaware and Schuylkill rivers. It is the fifth-most-populous city in the United States, with a population of 1,526,006 as of the 2010 U.S. Census. Philadelphia is also the commercial, cultural, and educational center of the Delaware Valley, home to 6 million people and the country's fifth-largest metropolitan area.
The Philadelphia metropolitan division consists of five counties in Pennsylvania and has a population of 4,008,994. Popular nicknames for Philadelphia are Philly and The City of Brotherly Love, the latter of which comes from the literal meaning of the city's name in Greek "brotherly love", compounded from philos "loving", and adelphos ("brother").
Philadelphia was founded on October 27, 1682 by William Penn, who planned a city along the Delaware River to serve as a port and place for government. The city grew rapidly, and by the 1750s Philadelphia was the largest city and busiest port in the original 13 American colonies. During the American Revolution, Philadelphia played an instrumental role as a meeting place for the Founding Fathers of the United States, who signed the nation's Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776 and the Constitution on September 17, 1787.
Philadelphia served as one of the nation's many capitals during the Revolutionary War, and the city served as the temporary national capital from 1790 to 1800 while Washington, D.C. was under construction. During the 19th century, Philadelphia became a major industrial center and a railroad hub that grew from an influx of European immigrants. The city's dominant textile industry represented 40 percent of total United States output in 1906. It became a major destination for African Americans during the Great Migration and surpassed 2 million occupants by 1950.
Philadelphia has transitioned from being a manufacturing powerhouse to an information and service-based economy. Financial activities account for the largest sector of the metro economy, and it is one of the largest health education and research centers in the United States. Philadelphia's history attracts many tourists, with the Liberty Bell receiving over 2 million visitors in 2010. The Delaware Valley contains the headquarters of thirteen Fortune 500 corporations, five of which are in Philadelphia proper. With a gross domestic product of $388 billion, Philadelphia ranks ninth among world cities and fourth in the nation. The city is also the nation's fourth-largest consumer media market, as ranked by the Nielsen Media Research.
Philadelphia is known for its arts and culture. The cheesesteak and soft pretzel are emblematic of Philadelphia cuisine, which is heavily influenced by the city's immigrant population. The city has more outdoor sculptures and murals than any other American city, and Philadelphia's Fairmount Park is the largest landscaped urban park in the world. Gentrification of Philadelphia's neighborhoods continues into the 21st century and the city has reversed its decades-long trend of population loss.
Local Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Area News
Dozens Injured in Train Crash Outside of Philadelphia
22 Aug 2017 at 1:46pm
injuring 33 people, in the latest accident involving commuter rail in the Northeast. The crash occurred around 12:15 a.m. at the 69th Street station in Upper Darby, Pa., just outside Philadelphia, the National...
Train crash in suburban Philadelphia injures 42
22 Aug 2017 at 10:39am
A one-car commuter train crashed into a parked train at a suburban Philadelphia terminal early Tuesday ... a spokeswoman for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority. "Some were considered walking wounded," she said. The train operator ...
Camden Summer Camp Kids Get Up Close With FBI In Philadelphia
22 Aug 2017 at 12:46pm
PHILADELPHIA, PA (CBS) ? Summer camp. The memories can last a lifetime, right? Well, consider the experience for a handful of young people participating in a special summer camp run by the Camden County Police Department. They got a chance to get what ...
3rd Bald Eagle Dies From Lead Poisoning at Pennsylvania Wildlife Center
22 Aug 2017 at 12:44pm
A Pennsylvania wildlife center says a 30-year-old bald eagle that was being treated for lead poisoning has died less than two weeks after two other eagles died of the same cause. The Tamarack Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center in Saegertown ...
Ex-Philadelphia Eagles corner Byron Maxwell wants 'to do better than the Eagles'
21 Aug 2017 at 5:38am
PHILADELPHIA -- Byron Maxwell knew something wasn't right in the first few months of 2016. He had just wrapped up his first season as a starting cornerback for the Philadelphia Eagles, but while team was in the process of rebuilding a staff, he wasn't in ...
'Why Are We Going So Fast?' Commuter Train Crash in Pennsylvania Injures Dozens
22 Aug 2017 at 3:50pm
(UPPER DARBY, Pa.) ? A commuter train crashed into a parked train at a suburban Philadelphia terminal early Tuesday morning, injuring dozens of passengers and the train's operator, a transit spokeswoman said. None of the 42 people hurt in the crash ...
Police-involved shooting near block party in North Philadelphia
20 Aug 2017 at 5:25am
Police are investigating police-involved shooting near a block party in North Philadelphia. It happened around 11 p.m ... Police say the gun was reported stolen from Clearfield, Pa. on October 13. 2016. The 38-year-old man was taken to Temple University ...
Hatboro, PA Homes For Sale & Real Estate
22 Aug 2017 at 11:17am
Hatboro is a city located in Pennsylvania. If you love to shop, Hatboro has a wide variety of places to spend your money, such as trophy shops, musical instrument stores and antique shops. You will love getting the chance to recharge and look your best at ...
Officials: 42 injured in train crash at Philadelphia-area station
22 Aug 2017 at 3:39pm
Dozens of people were injured, at least four of them seriously, when a high-speed train crashed into an empty train at a suburban station near Philadelphia early Tuesday. The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) said the incident ...
No quick answers expected in federal review of SEPTA train crash
22 Aug 2017 at 10:16am
Pa.) called for an expedited investigation ... Now I?m going to be late because I missed my train,? said Samaad Brooks, 23, of South Philadelphia, who works at American Medical Depot in King of Prussia. ?Today I have to be there at 10 o?clock.
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