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The Concrete Jungle Debate

May 3, 2010

A few weeks ago at work, one of the assistants asked me what I thought about the city of Chicago. I told her it was one of my favorite cities, because it’s a big city that actually really clean, has a great beach on Lake Michigan, Millennium Park is beautiful, and the shopping is pretty fantastic. But another assistant didn’t agree with me, she thinks Chicago is small and the people aren’t very open-minded. She said she likes New York better, specifically Manhattan (no surprise). So of course this opened the debate about which Concrete Jungle is the best and why. Everyone knows people who love either New York, Philadelphia, DC, or any major city really love their cities and really dislike anything that’s not their city. I don’t have a strong pull towards any of the 3 cities I named, because I think each place has something really great to offer to junglettes:

New York: Great jewelry shopping for cheap prices, fun nights in the summer, great restaurants, and a fashion scene that’s idolized all over the world

Philadelphia: Fantastic live/local music scene, strong afro-centric lifestyle, and easy to get away from the city hustle and bustle.

Washington DC: Very diverse population, clean and efficient public transit, and a great young professional social scene.

Best the best thing about these cities is that they’re all very close to each other and when you feel like you need to experience something different from your jungle, you can easily hop on the bus and visit someone else’s concrete jungle.

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