Philadelphia, PA - Philly bursts with beauty inside and out. The region is home to one of the country’s top five art museums (Philadelphia Museum of Art); the world’s most excellent collection of impressionist, post-impressionist and modern works (Barnes Foundation); an internationally lauded public art initiative (Mural Arts Philadelphia); and under-the-radar gems.
Philadelphia, PA - Residents and visitors are heading outdoors in huge numbers thanks to the activation of many under-utilized spaces in recent years—think Schuylkill River Trail, Dilworth Park, Race Street Pier, The Porch at 30th Street Station and Spruce Street Harbor Park. Much of the development activities can be spotted in Center City and on Philadelphia’s two rivers, the Schuylkill and Delaware.
Philadelphia, PA - It was in Philadelphia taverns that the American Revolution took hold (see City Tavern for proof), and 100 years ago, Philadelphia was known as the most magnificent brewing city in the Western Hemisphere, or the “Cradle of American Libation.” In the mid-19th through the early 20th centuries, 90 breweries operated in Philadelphia proper, and another 100 operated in its environs. Prohibition in 1920 brought the brewery boom to an end, and the decline—and near demise—of virtually all of Philadelphia’s beer producers.
Philadelphia, PA - There would have been no 1970s soul, no R&B, no disco, without Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, the inventors of the Sound of Philadelphia. One of the most critical moves Gamble and Huff made was to differentiate their sound from Motown’s by incorporating strings, horns, and harps—courtesy of The Philadelphia Orchestra. Founded in 1900, The Philadelphia Orchestra is one of the world’s most significant classical music organizations, and one of the most prolific recordings acts in history.