1. Availability of goods and services.
Today we see that more variety in commerce and culture become available as urban density rises. There are more shops with more of a selection of products, more restaurants, clubs, bars, cafes, and eateries offering a wider choice of cuisine and more choices in professional services. For example, Philadelphia boasts 226 fine dining establishments in Center City.
2. Employment opportunities.
Jobs at all levels are more available in cities. There are nine Fortune 1000 companies headquartered in the city and 330 Fortune 500 companies have a presence in the Philadelphia region. More than 645 international companies from 37 countries have chosen to call the Philadelphia region home.
When there is denser population, public methods of transportation are more available and make more economic sense. Philadelphia has an integrated transportation infrastructure featuring a network of highways, passenger and freight rail, international and domestic airports.
4. Less Dependence on Automobile
It has been shown with a more densely populated environment, people’s destinations are then closer. This proximity saves time and money. In Philadelphia half of downtown residents walk or bike to work, more than any other major American city.
5. Green Space
With all this walking and biking, Philadelphians have a more active lifestyle. Fairmount Park is largest landscaped urban park in the world. William Penn’s “greene countrie town” still exists today with the many pocket parks, walking trails, cobblestone streets, and new bike lanes.
6. Culture and Art
Historically, with the growth of commerce in cities, came more growth in human creative potential. Philadelphia’s famed arts and culture attractions include the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the new Barnes Foundation, the Franklin Institute, the Kimmel Center of Performing Arts, Independence National Park, four professional and 156 NCAA sports teams, and the list continues.
Cities were established by people living together in neighborhoods and evolved into sections with different cultural backgrounds. Philadelphia is proud of its neighborhoods and has a strong record of maintaining each neighborhood’s individual character and of historic preservation.
8. Multi-Culture and Diversity.
People from various countries and backgrounds have always been attracted to foreign cities for the employment available at all levels from entry and service workers to highly specialized professionals, performers and business people. Philadelphia is such a multi-cultural city with strong traditions.
9. Health Care
Most cities offer more in the area of health care for residents. Philadelphia boasts award-winning hospitals, cutting-edge medical research centers, and industry-leading life science companies. The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is ranked #1 in more specialties than any other hospital (US News & World Report 2009). The Philadelphia region is the #1 center for current impact in life sciences (Milken Institute 2009 Study).
10. Housing Choices.
Denser populations gives rise to greater variety of housing types and varieties of urban living styles. Philadelphia provides townhouses, condos in townhouse conversions, low-rise buildings of 4 stories with apartments and shops, mid-rise and high rise buildings with apartments, condos, retail and office combined, and historic warehouse condo conversion buildings are all available and co-exist together to form an exciting urban fabric.