Blocks in Philadelphia's Center City average 400 to 500 feet, so there are 10.56 to 13.2 Philadelphia city blocks in a mile. The size of blocks is not the same throughout the city. The blocks in Northeast Philadelphia and Northwest Philadelphia tend to be much longer than the blocks in Center City.Continue Reading
In 2008, Walk Score ranked Philadelphia as the fifth most walkable city in the United States, ranking only behind San Francisco, New York, Boston and Chicago. According to Frank Jaskiewicz, a transportation planner at JzTI Transport Planning, Philadelphia's Central City "rates as one of the best American cites, easily, in terms of its walkability."
Shorter city blocks are better for pedestrians than longer blocks, because the shorter blocks give pedestrians more options for routes between their points of departure and their destinations. City blocks that are over 500 feet long push the boundaries of walkability. Other factors that contribute to a city's walkability include street width, crosswalk signal cycles and sidewalk widths. Traffic tends to move more slowly on narrower streets, which is good for pedestrians. Brief signal cycles at crosswalks mean pedestrians do not have to wait as long to cross the street. Wider sidewalks also benefit pedestrians.Learn more about The Northeast
As of 2015, there are 268 public schools in the School District of Philadelphia. These consist of 162 elementary schools, 36 middle schools, 37 high schools, five vocational and technical schools, nine special schools and 19 disciplinary programs.Full Answer >
Interesting facts about North Haven, Connecticut, include that the city is home to the first brickyard in North America, Money magazine listed the city as the 86th best place to live in 2007, and Peter's Rock is the highest point in town at 373 feet above sea level. North Haven has two colleges: Gateway Community College and Quinnipiac University.Full Answer >
Major events in the history of Philadelphia include the city's foundation, the drafting and signing of major founding documents of the United States, its status as temporary seat of the U.S. government, and the Pope's visit in 2015. Philadelphia was also a site for the railroad industry in the 19th century.Full Answer >
Philadelphia is located in the southeastern portion of Pennsylvania, a state in the northeastern United States. It lies at the confluence of the Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers, about 95 miles southwest of New York City.Full Answer >