Philadelphia, PA

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June 17, 2009

One of the oldest cities in the United States and home to the country’s first International Style skyscraper, Philadelphia is, unfortunately, now associated more with cheesesteaks and colonial kitsch than with successful American urbanism.

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  Philadelphia rises above the banks of the Schuylkill River.

    Philadelphia rises above the banks of the Schuylkill River.

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  Spots like the Italian Market keep Keystone Staters well fed.

    Spots like the Italian Market keep Keystone Staters well fed.

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  A butcher poses at the meat counter inside the Italian Market.

    A butcher poses at the meat counter inside the Italian Market.

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  The Kimmel Center, designed by Rafael Viñoly, offers classical music.

    The Kimmel Center, designed by Rafael Viñoly, offers classical music.

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  The charming Joseph Fox Bookshop attracts proper bibliophiles.

    The charming Joseph Fox Bookshop attracts proper bibliophiles.

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  Rittenhouse Square, an idyllic, multi-block park dating to the late 17th century, is reliably populated with sunbathers and summer music festivals.

    Rittenhouse Square, an idyllic, multi-block park dating to the late 17th century, is reliably populated with sunbathers and summer music festivals.

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  Ken Kalfus stands amidst the autumn leaves.

    Ken Kalfus stands amidst the autumn leaves.

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  The PSFS Building, now a Loews Hotel, was designed by George Howe and William Lescaze from 1929 to 1932, and was the first International Style skyscraper built in the United States.

    The PSFS Building, now a Loews Hotel, was designed by George Howe and William Lescaze from 1929 to 1932, and was the first International Style skyscraper built in the United States.

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  The Van Pelt Library at the University of Pennsylvania holds intellectual treasures behind its brutalist facade.

    The Van Pelt Library at the University of Pennsylvania holds intellectual treasures behind its brutalist facade.

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  The cheese cave at Di Bruno Brothers delivers dairy delicacies.

    The cheese cave at Di Bruno Brothers delivers dairy delicacies.

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  Showing off a combination of Beaux-Arts and Art Deco styles, the 30th Street Station was designed in 1933.

    Showing off a combination of Beaux-Arts and Art Deco styles, the 30th Street Station was designed in 1933.

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  At night the PECO Building’s giant LED screen displays scrolling text messages around the building’s crown.

    At night the PECO Building’s giant LED screen displays scrolling text messages around the building’s crown.

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