12-17-2005, 08:23 AM
Community Rank: Traveler
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: southern New Jersey, USA
Re: Philadelphia Upated 12/13
I live right across the Delaware River from Philadelphia and work five blocks from that hotel. I would like to attend that January meet if there is one. Let me give you an idea of the layout of Center City Philadelphia so you can get your bearings. The city is very walkable thanks to the grid pattern laid out by William Penn's surveyer in the 1600s.
Numbered streets run north-south, and named streets (such as Market, Chestnut, Walnut, and Arch) run east-west. The Delaware River separates Philly from New Jersey and is the point from which all Center City (CC) streets originate. There is no "1st Street" or "14th Street"; they are known respectively as Front Street (because it's the first street west of the river, it "fronts" the river) and Broad Street (before they built the north-south, twelve-lane Roosevelt Boulevard in the mid-1960s, this six-lane road between 13th and 15th Streets was Philadelphia's widest). Market Street is the dividing line between north and south.
The Marriott Garden Inn is located at 1100 Arch Street in the heart of Philly's Chinatown. It's in a pretty good neighborhood a block from both the Pennsylvania Convention Center and Market Street (Sounds of Market is an outstanding CD store nearby), and minutes from attractions and good restaurants.
Generally, you won't need a car in Center City. You can either walk or take SEPTA (Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority) buses 17 and 33. SEPTA's Market-Frankford Elevated ("the El" blue line) runs east-west in Center City between 2nd and 15th Streets. The Broad Street Subway ("the Subway" orange line) has stops at Broad and Locust, Broad and Walnut, and Broad and Market Streets; and runs north-south between the Pattison Avenue sports complex and the Fern Rock Transportation Center in North Philadelphia. SEPTA base fare is currently $2.00 a ride with transfers an extra 60 cents; tokens are $1.30 each, sold in pairs; a Daypass allowing unlimited access to all SEPTA transit in the city is $6.00.
Hope this helps!