nowtayneicangetinto t1_j9x1e45 wrote

New York City proper is absolutely massive in comparison to Philly. It's like comparing the Earth to Jupiter. The amount of high paying jobs available to New Yorkers is far greater than Philadelphia. I tried to work in Center City but I couldn't find a job where I wasn't taking a pay cut, and the pay I found was much higher in the burbs. The truth of the situation is that a carless Philly isn't possible nor will it ever be in our lifetimes.


nowtayneicangetinto t1_j9vlcym wrote

They can start with enforcing the junkies who hop the gates and ride the subways all day long. Anyone who rides the El post pandemic will tell you how bad it's got with addicts shooting up on the train. I have seen a number of people just hop the gates in front of the ticket booth, seen by SEPTA employees, and just continue unbothered.


nowtayneicangetinto t1_j9vkv8h wrote

It would be, but I will believe it when I see it. I'm not sure if you live around Fishtown, but there is a beer store and Dunkin Donuts that has a sizeable parking lot right on Girard. In the 10 years I've lived here, people have never used it for personal parking until recently and it's steadily growing. That parking lot is now usually lined with cars of people who park there who are not patronizing those stores.


nowtayneicangetinto t1_j9vegx5 wrote

As some one that lives very close to this, I have to say, it's a mixed bag. Here's the deal as far as I see it.

If you plan on moving into Fishtown from this point on, don't plan on owning/ bringing a car. If you don't then you're fine. However, the reality is, a lot of people own cars and they won't see this being an issue until they have moved in and realize they are driving around for 45 minutes every night looking for parking. I see this happen all of the time and it leads to people parking in dangerous or illegal spots, because there is no parking.

I get the whole "the city should be for city people" but is this really a tangible reality? The demographic that Fishtown attracts are upper middle to upper class young singles or couples. Driving is indeed a luxury and those that can afford luxuries will want to keep them. So how does it work out that the same people that are being attracted are supposed to willingly give up one of their greatest and most beneficial luxuries? I know a decent amount of people in this immediate area and I can't think of an instance where at least one household who doesn't own a car.


nowtayneicangetinto t1_j6pieuh wrote

Don't you feel like that response is normalizing carjackings? Crime is something that hits home even if it's consistently rising across the country, it hurts all the same. The point I'm making is that carjackings were not common 10 years ago in fishtown. If one happened it was a big deal. Now there are carjackings constantly. Even with crime up across the country, car jackings are exponentially more common in the city than burbs that are minutes outside of the city.


nowtayneicangetinto t1_j6l4xt6 wrote

It's why I don't believe this city will become the bike haven we all wished it was. I biked in the city for many years, I stopped once I got hit by a car. I stopped biking about 10 years ago, and I say weekly "I couldn't imagine biking here now".

Our city's driving culture has changed and it's fucking horrid. I've never seen so many crazy ass drivers before, and now there is this openly shared lack of consequence that emboldens people to do crazy driving maneuvers . It's like every week I say "this city's drivers couldn't get any worse" and I'm corrected the following week. It's like a race to the bottom anymore.


nowtayneicangetinto t1_j68itsr wrote

Honestly, it was. All of the stuff on the wall was so old, it was like a museum. I remember so many things they had and all of the large paintings. That place was a treasure. I love Union Transfer too, so I'm okay with the change. Everytime I go I look around and think of the good times I had as a kid in the 90s.