Amazing Vintage Videos Chronicle Philadelphia As Far Back as the 1940s

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After you’re done debating whether to go with the “Amaro” or “Sierra” filter on your next #tbt post, we’ve got some ultimate throwback footage for you that requires absolutely #nofilter. The Philadelphia Department of Records (PDR) has released a series of vintage Philly videos that chronicle the city as far back as the 1940s.

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Philly’s Population Still Growing

Nope, Philadelphia is not Detroit. Axis Philly reports: “In its estimate for 2013, the Census Bureau put the city’s population at 1,553, 165, an increase of about 25,000 residents – or two percent – over 2010.  … Nineteen of the nation’s 20 largest cities rose in population between 2010 and last year. The lone exception is Detroit, which saw its population decline by 3 percent.” Here’s the full list of America’s biggest cities and their growth since 2010.

We’ll keep saying it until we’re sure you believe it.

$2,000 Clue on Jeopardy! Should Be Easy for Philadelphians

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As part of my ongoing crusade to inform Philadelphians of mentions of our fair city from around the country, check this out: Last night on Jeopardy! (don’t forget the exclamation point), there was a question about a Philadelphian! The category was Lesser-known Americans, and the value was the highest: $2000!

Do you know it? After the jump, the correct response.

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Philadelphia Event Listings

Our selective, day-by-day guide to the best of what’s happening in Philly. Send event listings to ticket@phillymag.com


Thursday 5/15

CHARITY: An Evening at Franklin Square
7:30 p.m., Franklin Square, 6th and Race Streets

ART: Vintage Poster Show & Sale
Merrit Gallery, 385 West Lancaster Avenue, Haverford


Saturday 5/17

GALA: International House’s Global Gala
6:30 p.m., $250, International House, 3701 Chestnut Street.

CONCERT: All You Can Eat Tour Featuring Steel Panther and Future Villains
8 p.m, Theater of Living Arts, 334 South Street


Sunday 5/18

THEATER: The Five-Minute Follies featuring Sidetracked
3 p.m., $15-$18, Adrienne Theatre, 2030 Sansom Street.

CONCERT: Lower Merion Orchestra Free Performance
3 p.m., McShain Auditorium at Rosemont College, 1400 Montgomery Avenue, Rosemont

CHARITY: The Durang Shebang
6 p.m., L’Etage Cabaret, 624 South 6th Street


Thursday 5/22

DANCE: Communitas, a Full-Length Acrobatic Dance Performance with Live Music
May 22-23, 8 p.m., May 24, 8 p.m. and 3 p.m., and May 25, 3 p.m., $20, Christ Church Neighborhood House, 20 North American Street.


Thursday 5/29

CHARITY: 10th Annual Wall Ball
7 p.m, Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden Street


Saturday 6/7 

MUSIC: 2014 Chester County Blues BBQ
2 p.m., Wyndsor Farm, 2550 Ridge Road

What Can Philly Learn From Kansas City?

Philadelphia was once the biggest, baddest town in North America.

We were once second only to London in size in the English-speaking world. The national capital. The nation’s financier. The biggest port. The center of American publishing. The birthplace of the advertising industry. A pioneer in broadcasting. The home of the nation’s first university, hospital, library… the list goes on and on.

The university, hospital and library are all still around, but just about everything else is gone, long gone. (Save maybe for that broadcasting stuff, thanks to Comcast.) Yet somehow, it seems that whenever there’s a discussion about Philadelphia today, that past weighs heavily on our collective consciousness.

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Iverson and McNabb: A Tale of Two Retirements

The tale of two retirements speaks volumes about Philadelphia and our relationship with our sports stars.

Allen Iverson is finally calling it quits after running out of teams and countries that want his diminishing skills. The Philadelphia 76ers are sure to retire AI’s number 3 at a game this year.

The Philadelphia Eagles will retire Donovan McNabb’s No. 5 at halftime on Sept. 19, when former Eagles coach and McNabb mentor Andy Reid comes to town with his new team, the Kansas City Chiefs.

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Townhouse for Sale in Washington Square

Philadelphia is a city of squares. And while everyone knows Rittenhouse Square, it’s lower-keyed sibling, Washington Square is a preferred spot for urbanites looking to get outside without having to see or be seen. Where Rittenhouse and Washington squares are similar is in the stately homes that surround it—homes that recall Edith Wharton novels (had they been set in Philadelphia).  The townhouse for sale in Washington Square is ideal for someone looking for those classic architectural features, including a 60-foot marble entry, beamed ceilings, Fieldstone walls and intricate wood finishings, as well as modern touches, such as a new five-story elevator, security system and bar. There’s also a charming enclosed patio as well as a fifth-floor retreat, which could serve as an au pair or in-law suite.

228 W. Washington Square
Price: $3,999,000
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 6
MLS: 6043400

Old World Charm Meets Modern Conveniences in Society Hill

This home is a classic case of opposites attracting. Old World charm meets modern conveniences in Society Hill. The 1830s townhouse at 3rd & Spruce simultaneously boasts original plaster moldings, Pennsylvania red pine floors, King of Prussia marble mantels and original locks and custom cabinets, state-of-the-art appliances, surround-sound wiring and home theater. The kitchen opens to a garden with brick pavers and planters. It’s located in the always-in-demand Society Hill neighborhood, close to the Physick House and darling Three Bears Park. Although with features like these, you may find yourself wanting to stay in more and more.

332 Spruce Street Philadelphia
$2,400,000
Bed: 5
Bath: 4 full, 1 half
MLS: 6184970

Have it all at a Rittenhouse Hotel Condo

Interested in having it all at one of Philadelphia’s hottest addresses? This Rittenhouse Hotel condo offers just that. Amenities include a chauffeur-driven town car, room service, housekeeping, 24-hour doorman, concierge, spa, salon and health club. Residents can also enjoy multiple large windows for great views of the city. Living close to Rittenhouse Square Park and some of Philadelphia’s best restaurants, shops and museums is also a plus. 

202-10 W. Rittenhouse Sq., Philadelphia
Price: $1,350,000
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2 full
MLS: 6140703

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