Suburbanites don’t want to live in Philadelphia. Isn’t…that…why…they…live…in…the…suburbs? A new poll out from the Pew Charitable Trust and the Philadelphia Research Initiative reports 56 percent of residents in Philadelphia’s neighboring seven counties consider the city a ‘fair’ or ‘poor’ place to live.
Aside from what we already knew, the research compares data with that taken 10 years ago, including suburbanites’ reasons for wanting to visit Philadelphia and how they think their counties identify with the city.
History, culture and dining are among the top reasons for out-of-towners to visit, while shopping ranks low. How can Philadelphia expect to compete with the likes of King of Prussia Mall?
More importantly, suburbanites see their economic and social futures as intertwined with Philadelphia’s.
And to end on an obvious note: Those who spent more time in Philadelphia had nicer things to say about it.
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