The original capital of the nation, PHILADELPHIA
was laid out by William Penn Jr. in 1682, on a grid system that was
to provide the pattern for most American cities. It was envisaged
as a "greene countrie towne" and today, for all its historical
and cultural significance, it still manages to retain a certain quaintness.
Just a few blocks away from downtown, shady cobbled alleys stand lined
with red-brick colonial houses, while the peace and quiet of huge
Fairmount Park make it easy to forget you're in a major metropolis.
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