August 15, 2005

Swimming To Philly

That New York Times "New Yorkers moving to Philly" piece discussed here earlier ran on Sunday, and like most trend pieces of its kind is almost totally anecdotal, describing a "trend" that may or may not be more of a fact of life now than it was five years ago, or five years from now.

And even more unconvincingly, just about everyone in the story in some way relates Philly to Brooklyn- "I was priced out of Brooklyn, now I'm here"... "Philadelphia reminds me a lot of what Brooklyn used to be." The worst line of all is probably that "Philadelphians occasionally refer to their city - somewhat deprecatingly - as the 'sixth borough' of New York." Bullshit. People in Philly are way too territorial to ever use such a term.

Worst of all... they didn't talk to me. I'm not enough of a hipster, I suppose, and I've never lived in Brooklyn.

Posted by Stephen Silver at August 15, 2005 03:47 PM

jessica pressler writes a gossip column in the philadelphia weekly. how she got a NY Times gig is beyond me.

Posted by: LilB at August 16, 2005 12:26 PM
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