Magazine article National Association of School Psychologists. Communique

Navigating the City of Brotherly Love

Magazine article National Association of School Psychologists. Communique

Navigating the City of Brotherly Love

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With Philadelphia being a popular historic destination for people from all over the world, getting around town has to be easy and safe. There are way too many things to do in Philadelphia to even count, but Philadelphia proper (Center City) covers just 25 blocks between two rivers, the Schuylkill and the Delaware. The city and all it has to offer is best accessed by foot, public transportation, or taxi. Whatever mode of transport you choose, Philly has an easy grid-like street system, with numbered streets running north to south and many east-to-west streets named for local plants and trees, including Cherry, Chestnut, Walnut, Locust, Spruce, and Pine. William Penn named many of the streets.


Walking is the transportation of choice for locals and tourists alike, no matter what time of year. Philly is a great walkable city, with attractions every few steps. To make getting around on foot easier, "Walk! Philadelphia" directional signs are placed all over Center City that will point in your desired direction. The signs are color coded by neighborhood. As you walk, you will see uniformed goodwill ambassadors who act as strolling concierges. Ask them for directions or a question about the city.

Walking tours are another way to tour the city on foot. They are offered daily and visit any section of the city you would like. Check out www.freetours for free tours around the city. Dress warmly, grab a hot chocolate, and enjoy the history.


Public transportation is another widely used form of transport. We boast the nation's fifth largest transit system, SEPTA, which consists of subways, buses, and commuter rails. The $11 One-Day Independence Pass is a great option because you have unlimited access to all buses, subways, and trains. The subway system takes you along the two main arteries in the city: the Broad Street Line and the Market Frankford Line. The Broad Street Line will give you the chance to see a Flyers game and many of the cultural attractions on the Avenue of the Arts. The Market Frankford Line will allow you check out various Philadelphia neighborhoods such as Old City and the Historic District. Buses service the Philadelphia neighborhoods as well, and are easy to locate on the city streets.

You can use the SEPTA transit system right from the Convention Center or the Marriott, as both have inside access to SEPTA railway lines. The railway lines connect you to the subways and various city attractions. For all of you traveling by air, the Airport Line connects the airport with Center City in 25 minutes. …

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