Saturday, February 14, 2015

Welcome To Philly, Democrats. A Local's Dos And Don'ts For The Democrats Coming To Philadelphia In 2016

In light of the news that Philadelphia was selected to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention, Buzz Bissinger offers an amusing piece on the city at

So Philadelphia is getting the Democratic National Convention in 2016… Given the competition—gentrified, Disney-fied, richified New York, where residents now only answer to the name of their shell corporation, and Columbus (why even consider a city in North Dakota??)—Philadelphia was a no-brainer.
As someone who spent the five longest years of anyone’s natural life writing a book about the city and its then-Mayor Ed Rendell, a few dos and don’ts to make the convention experience special.

... DON’T come near a cheesesteak. They are gnarly and fundamentally deranged in conception. Until you eat one. Then they are almost worth the guilt you will inevitably feel because you just ate one and likely ingested fifty or sixty thousand calories. Instead satisfy your cravings in what is America's most interesting and diverse culinary city. Try one of the many BYOBs. They are small and intimate and the food stunning and the cost reasonable.

... DO drive on the Schuylkill Expressway one night to see the twinkling lights of Boathouse Row against the backdrop of the art museum and the Fairmount Water Works and the city skyline. It is the single most spectacular view in the city. Then be prepared to die since the expressway is the worst engineered highway in history (for a real death thrill, take the South Street exit heading east and try to merge).

... DON'T refer to Philadelphia as “The City of Brotherly Love.” It’s tired and worn out and has never been remotely true. Philadelphians take great pride in their city. They are open and friendly, as long as you don’t mess with them. Same with the Eagles’ fans who once threw snowballs at a fan dressed as Santa Claus. It happened almost fifty years ago. It is also not at all representative of Eagles fans, except for the ten thousand or so still in jail for various unspeakable offenses. So don’t bring it up.

You can read the rest of the piece via the below link:

Note: As a lifelong South Philadelphian - the main arena will be the Wells Fargo Center in South Philly, near the sports stadiums - I'm pleased for the city.


  1. DO eat a soft pretzel with mustard.
    DO go to a Phillies game.
    DO get out of town and see the nearby countryside -- farms and all.
    DO take a day trip to the Poconos.


  2. R.T.,

    The above is good advice for an average visitor to Philly, but I doubt the visiting Democrats will have time for any of the above during the convention, except perhaps eat a soft pretzel with mustard. (I don't know where Buzz Bissinger gets HIS pretzels...).

    I hope the 2016 convention does not bring the violent protestors the 2000 Republication Convention brought to the city (see the next post).