“Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.” – Benjamin Franklin

Philadelphia boasts a rich history,especially politically, having been the seat of the first and second Congressional Congresses, home of numerous industrial markets, and being an early supporter of the abolition of slavery.

But by the end of the 19th century, Philadelphia was ripe with corruption. And content to stay that way. Immigration brought thousands of people seeking new work, a population boom that the city didn’t keep up with well. By the 1950’s many of the housing areas in the city were substandard, and much of the middle class left for the suburbs. Shortly after, the industrial markets dried up, and already poor families faced poverty at devastating levels. They turned to crime, gangs and the mafia to provide them any hope for their futures.

While more recent gentrification has brought a lot of the middle class back to old neighborhoods, Philadelphia hasn’t forgotten its history.

And deep down in its soul, Philadelphia is liberty, freedom, and corruption…

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