PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – “Nice place to visit, but I wouldn’t want to live there”: that’s the general finding of a new survey of the attitudes suburbanites have toward the city of Philadelphia.
The research arm of the Pew Charitable Trusts surveyed more than eight hundred residents of the seven counties that surround Philadelphia, including three in South Jersey. The broad finding is that most of those surveyed enjoy visiting the city, but aren’t rushing to move in.
Poll director Larry Eichel says, “Residents of the suburbs have a generally positive impression of the city, although they value it more as a place to visit than to live.”
But Eichel says there’s a distinct split in the survey — higher income and younger suburbanites give the city higher marks than those of lower incomes and the elderly. In other words, says Eichel, to know the city is to like it.
Reported by Mike Dunn, KYW Newsradio