Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Philadelphia is the largest city in Pennsylvania, and the sixth most populous city in the United States.[1]

The name "Philadelphia" comes from the Book of Revelation in the New Testament:[2]

Philadelphia was chosen to become 'the city of my God, the New Jerusalem which comes down from my God out of heaven' whose residents 'kept my word and have not denied my name.' The combination of Penn’s reference to Pennsylvania as the fifth kingdom, and naming the city 'Philadelphia' pointed to Penn’s belief that Pennsylvania was a place chosen by God whose residents were favored because of their holy living. Penn named the centerpiece community of his new province after biblical Philadelphia for a reason: the imagery enhanced the expectation for Quakers and others inhabitants to act in such a way as to please God. By accepting the charter as God’s providence, Penn took on the responsibility of God’s investment in Pennsylvania. By naming the place after scriptural ideals, Penn assumed the settlers’ behavior would reflect belief in specific biblical principles. He linked specific and expected types of practices to the world’s end.

Liberals obscure or deny the express biblical basis for the naming of Philadelphia. The city's sports fans do little to help: they have regularly been named among the worst in America (notorious for booing Santa Claus and cheering injured opposing team players).

Philadelphia was a very important city in the history of the United States. It was home to the First and Second Continental Congresses, and was the location for the drafting and signing of the Declaration of Independence at Independence Hall. The Constitutional Convention was also held in Philadelphia. The city was temporarily the capital of the United States, before it was permanently settled in Washington, D.C.


The Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC) helped preserve urban manufacturing jobs as part of an industrial renewal effort during 1953-76. The PIDC, a nonprofit, quasi-public authority, was created in 1958 in a joint effort between Mayor Richardson H. Dilworth and the chamber of commerce to implement an industrial renewal project. Using industrial mortgages, funds were raised for the construction and renovation of small to medium-sized manufacturing plants on undeveloped land in and around Philadelphia. The PIDC is credited with having moderated the loss of industrial jobs in Philadelphia.[3]


Philadelphia in 1776

Philadelphia's city hall was once the tallest building in the world, and the statue of William Penn on top of it is currently the tallest statue on a building.


The city of Philadelphia has a majority of voters affiliated with the Democrat Party. As of November, 2008, there are 1,126,768 registered voters in Philadelphia. Of those, 880,684 are registered with the Democrat Party, and 147,074 are registered with the Republican Party.[4]


Philadelphia is the home of the NFL's Eagles, the Phillies of the MLB, the NBA's 76ers, and the NHL's Flyers. All four teams are housed in one geographical area, the South Philadelphia Sports Complex (the only such arrangement in any major city, easily accessible by car and public transportation).

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  2. Larry Brent Hershey, "Peace Through Conversation: William Penn, Israel Pemberton And The Shaping Of Quaker-Indian Relations, 1681-1757 (Theses and Dissertations of the University of Iowa), p. 14 (quoting the Book of Revelation, first three chapters)
  3. Guian McKee, "Urban Deindustrialization and Local Public Policy: Industrial Renewal in Philadelphia, 1953-1976," Journal of Policy History 2004 16(1): 66-98,