January 11, 2013
I have now lived in Manhattan longer than I lived in Center City Philadelphia. Although I'd lived in Philadelphia as a kid, that doesn't count because it wasn't Center City, and I don't count that as part of the "real" city, and it wasn't part of the consecutive years that I lived there on my own as a so-called adult. During a recent visit, Philadelphia felt no more home than anywhere I had never lived. So much had changed, but even so, I didn't feel like I had come home again. I felt like I didn't even speak its language.