Sunday, June 10, 2007

Philadelphia City

It's a city with a lot of history. Independence of the US with the famous speech and the bell of Liberty. some neighborhoods are really nice, green, pleasant and well taken care of. However they seem to be dispatched in the middle of real Philadelphia, with its too old neighborhoods, poor, dirty. As a 1-day tourist, it looked like a 2-speed politics with the shinny historical quarters and the given up areas where so many people live miserably. Obviously it's a very quick and probably unfair judgement.

The Declaration of Independence is very much in the heart of American people. No doubt it has been a so beautiful step forward. It is up to individuals to judge where they stand nowadays compared to the ideal.

The Bell of Liberty was made in 1752. Much later it was to represent a symbol of the newly declared freedom for everybody in the US. It was cracked and reduced to silence for ever during an attemp to repair a much smaller crack. However its message still speaks a lot to the population. The bell was taken all over the country to spary the message. Even during WWII, it has been used to bring hope and courage to men.

On the other side of the Delaware River, it is the New Jersey :

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