This thread is making me want to see Philly someday.
As a native San Franciscan and elitist snob, I've visited over 30 countries, but have only been to the East Coast three times (not counting airport layovers en route to somewhere else) and two of them were for work.
Outside of the US West Coast, in the N. American continent have seen far more of Mexico, or Central America, or Canada or the Caribbean than I have the US East Coast. I have no relatives there and it's not like I've been sold on it as a vacation or cultural destination.
Spent a week in Cambridge/Boston, a week in Manhattan and N. NJ, and a few days in Ithaca/Binghampton, NY.
First of all, those places in the East are as exotic and different to me as is Fiji. And in different ways, just as beautiful.
Loud, obnoxious, opinionated, blue-collar Northeasterners are just fucking hilarious and are as friendly/helpful as any people I've met around the world. Except they're so quick-witted and direct. They're only obnoxious when they come to Yosemite and say "Where the fuck is the strip club?". When they shit on LA (LA = anywhere south of Big Sur) they are doing a community service.
I've noticed that Some white collar Northeasterners are more formal, pretentious, and boring than others.
I'd love to see gritty, urbane, Philly, more of the NYC area, Hudson Valley, Boston proper and the burbs, The Cape, Vermont, and Maine. Even the Jersey Shore. At least you can get in the water there, unlike in NorCal.
Why are yous fighting over Boston vs. Philadelphia?! There's old brick buildings, fireflies, blue birds and orioles, greenery in the Summah, snow, loud fun people, Democrats, ocean you can swim in, and inorganic food with Meat!
What the fuck is wrong with you people. Don't make me get all Mrs. Brady on you...