Restoration of the old but habitable has been more characteristic than wholesale demolition and rebuilding throughout most of the city.
Even in its downtown section, Philadelphia continues to be a city of shops rather than of huge merchandising outlets.
Nearby, Elfreth’s Alley, dating from 1702, contains 33 houses that make up the oldest continuously inhabited street in the country.
Included in the complex are Carpenters’ Hall, site of the meeting of the First Continental Congress, and Philosophical Hall, home of the American Philosophical Society.
Philadelphia, city and port, coextensive with Philadelphia county, southeastern Pennsylvania, U. It is situated at the confluence of the Delaware and Schuylkill rivers. Philadelphia has been described both as the elegant but rather jaded great lady and as the overage and sickly spinster of American cities.
(2000) 1,517,550; Philadelphia Metro Division, 3,849,647; Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington Metro Area, 5,687,147; (2010) 1,526,006; Philadelphia Metro Division, 4,008,994; Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington Metro Area, 5,965,343.
Its many trees, parks and other open spaces, and its quiet pace of life reflect in various ways the genteel Benjamin Franklin, a Philadelphian by adoption, who left his imprint on innumerable ongoing institutions, both cultural and commercial, in the city.
Lying in the midst of the vast urban community stretching down the Eastern Seaboard, Philadelphia is an integral part of the vibrant fabric of contemporary social and economic life as well as a tranquil oasis joining together the spirit of America, past and present.
South Street is a popular night spot with shops, restaurants, and theatres, connecting Headhouse Square, a renovated colonial market place, and Penn’s Landing.
For most of the 20th century the major features of the skyline were the massive contours of the city’s many banking and financial institutions.
Those of its ancient and dilapidated houses that have escaped bulldozing for riverfront expressways resemble the edifices of Society Hill before its restoration began in the 1950s.
This latter area contains some of the city’s finest old houses, taverns, and churches, though some high-rise apartment buildings strike a dissonant note in the hearts of many Philadelphians.