Philadelphia is a city of neighborhoods...or so I'm told. New York is a city of neighborhoods. Chicago is a city of neighborhoods. Philadelphia? I'm not sure because unlike these other "neighborhood" cities Philadelphia's core is more compact and walkable meaning the neighborhoods weave into one another and blend compared to a New York or Chicago.
Says downtown - more of a New York term - i.e. Philadelphia doesn't have a Mid-Town or Up-Town so what exactly is Down-Town, downtown from?
Visit Philly Neighborhood Link
Once the weather gets warmer I'll put together a few self guided walks.
For all intents and purposes Center City is Philadelphia. Narrowly defining this here.
CENTER CITY RING
The Center City Ring is my own term. For years Philadelphia meant Center City. Other neighborhoods were decent but lacked the restaurants and coffee shops to serve as stops on a neighborhood tour. That's changed. Dramatically.
Beyond the core. University gets some love. The rest of these places don't. I've lived in Center City. I've lived along South Street. I'll take Manayunk most days of the week.