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[[caption-width-right:350:The view down the Ben Franklin Parkway from the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Statues of William Penn (distance, atop City Hall) and GeorgeWashington (foreground) overlook the city; the iconic Loewe's Hotel (the former PSFS Building) is to the left.]]

->''"We’re goin' hoppin’''\\
''We're goin' hoppin’ today''\\
''Where things are poppin’''\\
''The Philadelphia way''\\
''We’re gonna drop in''\\
''On all the music they play''\\
''On the bandstand"''\\
--'''Music/BarryManilow''', ''[[Series/AmericanBandstand "Bandstand Boogie"]]''[[note]]Music by Charles Albertine; lyrics by Manilow and Bruce Sussman[[/note]]

Philadelphia is the largest city in Pennsylvania and fifth largest in the United States, as well as the second-largest on the East Coast and the second-densest with a population greater than 1,000,000 (after NewYorkCity in both cases -- how did you guess?). Literally translated from the Greek its name means "[[HoYay The City of Brotherly Love]]," which is naturally its nickname. This is known as either irony considering the city's high murder rate, or TruthInTelevision; brothers fight, they say mean things about each other, but you'll have to search long and hard to find another city that is so beloved by its inhabitants. No matter what we say about it. Oh, [[EveryoneIsGay and there are]] lots of gay people. In fact the entire Downtown area around 13th Street is known as the {{Gayborhood}}.

The city was founded on October 27, 1682 by William Penn. A statue of him sits on top of City Hall, now eclipsed by the Bell Atlantic Tower[[note]]Bell Atlantic was merged into Verizon eons ago, but everything involving the lease by Verizon was so complicated, they just kept the original name[[/note]], Liberty Place, and Comcast Center in height. Because sports fans are a superstitious bunch, this eclipsing was used to explain why the entire city went into a championship drought of considerable length. It should be noted that another statuette of Penn sits atop the new tallest building in the city, the Comcast Center, and that within a few months of the building's completion with Penn atop it, the Phillies won the World Series. Take that as you will. It was the city where the Continental Congress met, and the Liberty Bell is kept there. Until UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC was built, it was ([[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_capitals_in_the_United_States#Former_national_Capitals usually]]) the US capital.

Philadelphia is notable for being the largest city in the country having a healthy black middle-class. From the poshness of Rittenhouse Square, to the melting pot that is [[GangsterLand South Philly]], to the bohemian artists *cough*{{hipster}}s*cough* of Northern Liberties, to the hard knocks of [[WrongSideOfTheTracks North Philly and parts of the Southwest]], to the suburban sprawl of the "Great Northeast," to the unparalleled richness of history that is Old City, Philadelphia has everything one could ask for in its many neighborhoods. It has been a very large city for a long, long time. In the years before UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution, it was the second largest English-speaking City in the world, after London.

The city is famous for its cheesesteak sandwiches (known outside the city as "Philly cheesesteaks"). It's probably best if you just call them "cheesesteaks" -- anything else will get you laughed at by a native.[[note]]This being Philadelphia, of course, just about anything can get you laughed at by a native, but whatever[[/note]] The city is also famous for its soft pretzels, which are narrow and S-shaped and produced in chains you break your pretzel off from; you eat it with ''[[BerserkButton brown]]'' mustard, thankyouverymuch. Its culinary delights also extend to its two major markets: the Italian Market on S. 9th St. in South Philly, home to [[UsefulNotes/CuisinesInAmerica old-fashioned red-gravy Italian-American food]], various Italian specialty shops, and cheap meat and produce; and the Reading Terminal Market in Center City, home to all manner of lunch restaurants, the Pennsylvania Dutch[[note]]who run their own restaurant called [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Dutch Eating Place]]; if you eat there, remember that "chicken pot pie" means "chicken noodle soup"[[/note]] (making it one of the few places you're likely to see an Amish person or Mennonite in homespun operating a credit-card reader), and more expensive meat and produce.

Philly is also famous for being the birthplace of things like the Declaration of Independence, modern democracy, and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ENIAC the computer.]] Nothing major, though.

Philadelphia is also a very culturally rich city, with its world-class orchestra and the oldest still-operating opera house and theater in America all along, or right off of, the Avenue of the Arts (a.k.a. South Broad Street); and many world-class museums dotting the beautiful vista of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The city is also home to a number of theaters; as well as the weirdly wonderful, sequin-and-feather-filled Mummers Parade every New Year's Day [[note]]and Philly's not giving that up. Budget constraints have led to more private funding for the parade, but it's not going anywhere. There'd be a general outcry.[[/note]] And don't forget it has the first zoo, the first free library system, and the first Catholic school system in the country. The city is also known for its neoclassical architecture and its huge number of public murals, for which even the city's graffiti artists hold a healthy respect and generally will not tag (the few taggers who deface the murals lose the respect of other taggers).

The residents, when it comes to sports, are infamous for being ''[[SeriousBusiness extremely]]'' vocal about their beloved teams. There have been a couple of incidents involving [[SantaClaus famous ad campaign figures]] in the past that have turned into the city's own NeverLiveItDown moment. It doesn't help that some in the city and particularly the city's media like reliving those particular moments. While criticism about the tendency to react vocally (booing in crowds, sarcasm and snide comments individually) certainly has been well earned, the city itself has not had any more incidents than any other city. This even extends to pseudo-sports, as Wrestling/{{ECW}} was and Wrestling/RingOfHonor is based in Philadelphia, and both attract a rowdy, loud, and obnoxious crowd.

On a less negative note, there was [[TearJerker Harry Kalas]]. His death hit the entire city hard, showing that even if Philly fans show it in negative ways, they really do love their sports teams and the people who keep them connected. Even a lot of those residents who don't really like sports will admit this much.

Special note should be made in regards to Creator/BenjaminFranklin, sometimes called Philly's Favorite Son -- which is odd, 'cause he was born in Boston. However, Franklin lived here for most of his long life (insanely long, by the standards of the time, too[[note]]He lived to the ripe old age of 84, which wouldn't be bad even today for someone who had been overweight since at least his 40s, suffered from gout, and had ''[[TheCasanova every venereal disease known to man]]'' at the time[[/note]]), and he left an indelible mark on Philadelphia's history: considered to have established the first modern newspaper here, America's first library here, the first fire company in Pennsylvania (which was also the most modern at the time), discovered electricity here, and invented the lightning rod, bifocals, the Franklin stove, the odometer, and the glass armonica here. According to TheOtherWiki, "A noted polymath, Franklin was a [[RenaissanceMan leading author, printer, political theorist, politician, postmaster, scientist, musician, inventor, satirist, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat]]." Oh, and he was one of the Founding Fathers; in fact, UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution [[BadassBoast was arguably won because he was on our side]]. Among the large number of contributions he made to the Colonial effort, it was Franklin's [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome convincing the French to become involved in the war]] which ensured the Victory at Yorktown, and ultimately proved to England it wasn't worth it to continue fighting the colonies. Finally, he was a well known [[HandsomeLech ladies' man]], even after he got [[BigBeautifulMan rolly-polly]]. Philadelphia was already a large, rich, port city before him, but [[MyRealDaddy Franklin is largely credited -- true or not -- with making Philadelphia the most powerful city in the Colonies, economically, socially, and politically]]. In summation, our boy Ben was nothing short of the biggest {{Badass}} GodModeSue in American history (and yet we named a bridge to [[{{Gangsterland}} Camden]] after him...[[note]]Well you did call him a badass[[/note]]).

!!!! See also
* UsefulNotes/PhiladelphiaSubways

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!!Philadelphia in Fiction:
* ''Film/{{Rocky}}'', of course.
** In real life, the Rocky statue from the third film got to stay in front of the Art Museum for several years before finally being moved to the sports stadium.
*** It's back to being in front of the Art Museum, just to the right of the stairs.
* ''Series/ColdCase''
* The main character of ''TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'' was originally from Philadelphia.
** [[EarWorm "Innnn West Philadelphia, born and raised..."]]
** As is WillSmith himself.
* ''TheRealWorld: Philadelphia''
* ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia''
* Approximately half of ''Series/{{Jackass}}'', and all of ''VivaLaBam''.
* ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'': The "No Mercy" campaign appears to be based here.
* ''Series/AllMyChildren'' and ''Series/OneLifeToLive'' take place in "neighboring" fictional Main Line suburbs.
* ''Film/TwelveMonkeys'' takes place here and in Baltimore.
* Most films directed by Creator/MNightShyamalan take place in or near Philadelphia.
* ''[[SeventeenSeventySix 1776]]''
* ''BoyMeetsWorld'', though it looks ''nothing'' like Philadelphia and more like it might be set in the suburbs (maybe Montgomeryville or Ardmore).
* ''Film/{{Philadelphia}}'', [[CaptainObvious obviously]]
* ''VideoGame/HeavyRain'' is ostensibly based on Philadelphia, and although it looks the part, its [[OohMeAccentsSlipping obviously European]] cast won't fool a single Philadelphian (or any American, or possibly any English speaker, for that matter).
* ''Invincible'', wherein South Philly bartender Vince Papale tries out for (and makes) the Eagles. Noteworthy in that every Philadelphian in the movie has a [[NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent Noo Yawk accent]].
* ''HeartOfTheCity''. Specific locations have been referenced on occasion.
* While ''Series/ThirtyRock'' is set in [[BigApplesauce Noo Yawk]], Liz Lemon's family is from the Philadelphia area (White Haven, PA to be exact), and she's been known to lapse into stereotypical Philadelphia-sports-fan behavior. She even references the [[NeverLiveItDown snowball-throwing at Santa Claus]].
** Well, she should be from Philly, seeing as how [[TinaFey the woman who]] [[{{Showrunner}} created the show, writes the show]], [[AuthorAvatar plays her in the show, and serves as the basis for her]] is from there too. (Well, she's from Upper Darby...but same difference.)
** Also, the cable company that buys out NBC, Kabletown (a BlandNameProduct version of Comcast), is based in Philly (like Comcast). Jack doesn't approve:
-->'''Jack''': "Kabletown". With a "''[[XtremeKoolLetterz K]]''".
-->'''Jack to [[TheCameo GE CEO]] [[AsHimself Jack Welch]]''': (''indignant'') But they're from ''Philadelphia''!
** Then there's this little moment:
-->'''Liz''': Go Eagles! *throws a snowball at Jack*
-->'''Jack''': Where did you even get a snowball?
-->'''Liz''': Philly rules! Cheesesteaks, Bobby Clarke, Will Smith! [[UsefulNotes/{{Boston}} Your town]] SUCKS!
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=agLVlfLQdao This scene]].
* The e-novel ''EHUDPreludeToApocalypse'' is ostensibly set in Philadelphia; however, the author has noted in the chapter notes that not only has he never been to Philadelphia, he knows virtually nothing about it, leading to some rather vague locational descriptions.
* ''Series/{{Starstuff}}'' was locally produced by TV station WCAU. It is set in Philadelphia and makes frequent references to the city, most notably the appearance of the Mummers Parade in the first episode.
* Ditto for the WCAU-produced ''The Candy Apple News Company.''
* ''Series/AmericanBandstand'' started in Philadelphia. It moved to L.A. in 1964, but "the Philadelphia way" stayed in the opening theme song till the show ended in 1989.
* ''Series/AmericanDreams''
* ''Film/BlowOut'' starring John Travolta.
* ''TradingPlaces''
* ''Literature/ManiacMagee''
* ''TabletopGame/HunterTheVigil'' uses Philadelphia as it's example of a city of hunters.
* ''ComicStrip/JumpStart''
* ''WesternAnimation/FatAlbertAndTheCosbyKids''
* ''Series/{{thirtysomething}}''
* Philadelphia is the Cahills' first stop in their hunt for ''The39Clues''.
* Part of ''NationalTreasure'' is filmed in Phladelphia, with a few important clues and plot points found within the city.
* ''SilverLiningsPlaybook'' takes place in Philadelphia, with sports fanaticism (the Eagles) playing a particularly large part in the film's plot.

!!Music
* "Philadelphia Freedom" by Music/EltonJohn.
* "Streets of Philadelphia" by Music/BruceSpringsteen (theme of the movie ''Film/{{Philadelphia}}'')
* The theme to ''AmericanBandstand''
* "Oh Dem Golden Slippers," the theme song of the Mummers Parade.
* "[[SandraBoynton Philadelphia Chickens]]"
-->"[[KevinBacon If you want to start moving like anything, find a Philadelphia Chicken to teach you to swing.]]"
* "Motownphilly" by Music/BoyzIIMen
* The Philly Soul genre, centered on writer-producers Gamble & Huff's Philapdelphia International Records label. Notable artists include Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes, The O'Jays, and the Three Degrees.

!!Famous Phillies
* Matthew and Joey Lawrence
* Joey Bishop
* David Boreanaz
** His father is Dave Roberts, a well-known face on WPVI (6ABC) in Philadelphia. The elder Dave changed his last name because he started out when "ethnic" names were not great to have in broadcasting. Dave still hosts 6ABC's broadcast of the UsefulNotes/ThanksgivingDay Parade, and David generally has a video message for his dad during the broadcast.
* The Barrymore family, the most famous of whose many actor children was John Barrymore (although younger folks might be more familiar with [[Creator/DrewBarrymore his granddaughter]]), is based in Philly.
* Creator/SethGreen
* Creator/WillSmith
* Montana-born Creator/DavidLynch moved to Philly at the age of 20 to attend the Academy of Fine Arts. His experiences with the city provided the fuel for his [[MindScrew debut film]] ''Film/{{Eraserhead}}''.
* TinaFey: As mentioned, technically from neighboring Upper Darby.
* Jamie Kennedy
* Kevin Bacon
* Creator/BradleyCooper
* KevinHart
* Creator/GraceKelly, as well as her playwright and director uncle George Kelly
* Creator/BillCosby, who lectures every September at his alma mater Temple University, and has spoken at his high school alma mater, Central.
* Creator/AdamCarolla
* Dick Clark
* Nancy Spungen, girlfriend (and possible murder victim) of [[SexPistols Sid Vicious]]
* Margaret Mead
* Noam Chomsky
* Martha Nussbaum
* Gloria Allred
* The late Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, of Music/{{TLC}}
* Teller, of "Penn And..."
* RobertCrumb
* RJD2
* UglyBetty cast members Becki Newton, Ana Ortiz, and Mark Indelicato.
** Ana Ortiz's father is Philadelphia City Councilman Angel Ortiz.
* Bill Guarnere and Edward "Babe" Heffron from ''BandOfBrothers''
** Although portrayed by Marc Warren with more of a southern accent, Albert Blithe was from Philadelphia.
** And Robert Leckie from ''ThePacific'', although he grew up in Rutherford, NJ.
* Music/JoanJett (Wynnewood counts!)
* Patti [=LaBelle=]
* Creator/BenjaminFranklin (originally from Boston, but he ran away as a boy to seek his fortune in Philadelphia and lived there most of his life. The Ben Franklin Parkway and Franklin Institute Science Museum, among many other things, are named for him. The Franklin Institute has a ginormous statue of Ben.)
* Eve
* The Roots
* The late supermodel Gia Carangi. Here's an old [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ON7YHUmtqM video]] of her speaking in a Philly accent before she refined her speech.
* Daryl Hall & John Oates.
* Terry Gross of NPR's Fresh Air, although she's originally from Brooklyn.
* Legendary contralto Marian Anderson
* Chubby Checker (born in South Carolina but raised in South Philly).
* [[Film/TheThreeStooges Three Stooges]] Larry Fine and Joe [=DeRita=]
* Jack Klugman
* Erik Petersen and his band, MischiefBrew
* Creator/JohnDeLancie
* SomeCallMeJohnny of The Super Gaming Bros is from Philadelphia.
* Creator/MNightShyamalan was born in India, but grew up in the Philly suburbs. As noted above, he uses the area as the backdrop for most of his films.
* WiltChamberlain
* Creator/TimAndEric: Eric was born in the city and later moved to Norristown. (Tim is from Allentown, PA, about 60 miles away.) The duo met while both were attending Temple University, and shot their first stuff down on the Jersey shore.
* Music/JillScott
* Geno Auriemma, Hall of Fame UsefulNotes/{{basketball}} coach with the University of Connecticut women. Born in UsefulNotes/{{Italy}}, but raised in Norristown.
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