There is no such thing as the “perfect” place

Editor’s Note: This post features photos by the amazing @stanleyphoto, who somehow manages to capture scenes in ways that I didn’t know were possible. Check out Matt’s full feed on Instagram.

Liz Pagonis
Favorite Spot: All of Philly

I am: a former social worker currently living in South Philly who has lived in other Philly neighborhoods
Years in Philly: almost 11
Current Home: Pennsport


My Love Note

Dear Philadelphia,

I love every part of you. What’s not to love? I kid of course. There is no such thing as the “perfect” place (sigh). To say “I love you Philly just the way you are” would be a lie. BUT one of the main reasons I do love you Philly is for what you can be. Every day I feel the potential of the city of brotherly love.

After living here for just over 10 years, Philly feels perfect for me. There are always new things to do or find and old things that are familiar and homey. For better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and health, the good times and bad, I take you Philly to be my home. My comfort zone, my teacher, my playground, and yes, sometimes my friend. I may have spent my childhood in the Poconos a little less than 2 hours to the north but I grew up in Philadelphia. I learned about myself and who I want to be in Philadelphia. I became the Liz I am today in Philadelphia.

Sure I have my favorite spots to drink, eat and shop. I could definitely list specific places where I like to hang out or eat most often. But why? When I think about why I love Philly it’s hard to think of just one thing that encompasses that feeling. The one thing I love the most. So I decided that why I love Philly is Philly. I could probably hashtag every picture taken in Philly on my Instagram with #whyilovephilly. I love the friendships I have made here. I love the schools. I love the history of the city. I love to explore the older parts of the city and find new to me things. I love to check out new shops, galleries and restaurants. I have “my” favorite running routes and places I like to ride my bicycle. I love that even though Philadelphia is one of the top ten largest cities in the United States, it feels like everyone knows everyone. People know my name – which in an urban environment can be a rare thing.

More importantly though, in some way or another, I feel like we Philadelphians are all connected. Whether we are rushing out to Broad Street to celebrate the Phillies winning the World Series, bellowing out the loudest BOO at the Linc or dancing down the parkway on the 4th of July – we come together. Through all the ups and downs, good and bad decisions – I love you Philadelphia. I can’t wait to see what our future has in store.



All photos by @stanleyphoto

Posted on by Emma Fried-Cassorla in Uncategorized 2 Comments

2 Responses to There is no such thing as the “perfect” place

  1. Philadelphia Traveling Mom

    Nice post! I’m not from Philadelphia but moved here from New York. I’ve grown to love the city more with each year, as I get out and explore it.

  2. Jenna

    I love this! And the photos are gorgeous. Thanks for sharing!


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