Corrupted and Content
Philadelphia, the city of neighborhoods, is the Washington, DC, that should have been, the New York City that could have been. It was once the most important city on the North American continent, the “Athens of America,” the incubator for the American Revolution and the first capital of the nation that followed. Philadelphia was the first social, commercial and political center of the United States of America. But as the US grew Philly became overshadowed by other East Coast cities. A city of immigrants, tradesmen and merchants from its very beginning Philadelphia has a storied history of innovation and corruption, racial tension and religious diversity, artistic expression and demoralized self-loathing.
And mystery. A blue-collar ‘burg tightly tied to the country’s origins and host to architecture and relics from every era since, Philadelphia is a city with more than its share of mean streets and deep shadows. Philadelphia is a city of fragmented anatomy, its various neighborhoods stubbornly maintaining their own distinct identities; some of which have had the same invisible boundaries for over 100 years. Philly is a place where supernatural factions hold tight to their territories and distrust even their own kind- especially their own kind. Mirroring the moral population’s contempt for central authority the inhuman denizens of Philadelphia have proved consistently difficult for their would-be leaders to govern.
Philadelphia is the sixth most populous city in the United States, with a population of about 1.4 million. SEPTA (SouthEast Pennsylvania Transit Authority) serves as the public transportation for the city, which is very bike friendly.