Philadelphia, which has for so long stood in the shadow of New York City, seems to be coming into its own as a major destination, as well as a city of historic significance, in 2015.
According to Zabeth Teelucksingh, executive director of the Global Philadelphia Association, Philadelphia may be selected as a World Heritage City in November. If that occurs, it will be the first American city to receive that designation. There are currently about 270 cities on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's World Heritage City program, but none are in the United States. Philadelphia is the only American city on the list for consideration.
Philadelphia is also the site of the NAACP's 106th Annual Convention, which begins its five-day event July 11, and Pope Francis will visit the city in September as part of the World Meeting of Families, the largest Catholic gathering of families. These and other events are expected to bring hundreds of thousands of visitors to Philadelphia this year.
No other American city is so closely associated with the birth of this nation as Philadelphia, where the Declaration of Independence was adopted and the Liberty Bell still resides as a living memorial to that time. Even the Betsy Ross House still survives, where according to legend the first American flag was created.
As any Philadelphian (current or former) can tell you, it's about time the City of Brotherly Love received the international recognition it deserves.
And let's not forget that the Democratic National Convention will be held in Philadelphia the week of July 25, 2016!
Beau Weisman, Editor