Philly rated top city for culture

Philadelphia was rated the top city in the nation for culture by Travel + Leisure Magazine.

Check out the press release below:


Thursday, October 27, 2011                                                                FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Philadelphia, October 27, 2011 –The City of Philadelphia was rated by Travel + Leisure Magazine readers in the “American’s Favorite Cities” survey as the top city in the nation for culture. This ranking is improved from being rated as No. 10 in 2010. In addition, Philadelphia was also rated as No. 3 city for “Food, Drink and Restaurants” and a top-five city for shopping.

According to a recent report released by the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, Philadelphia currently has the fifth fastest growing creative sector in the nation, and the city’s creative sector ranking is 70 percent stronger than national benchmarks.

“You know you live in a great city when you’re rated number one for cultural amenities as well as for being ‘sport-crazed’,” said Mayor Michael A. Nutter. “Philadelphia is a diverse city with many cultural assets that visitors and tourists appreciate when traveling to our city. It is these institutions that help make our city a place of choice for so many residents and businesses. I’d also like to encourage Philadelphians to go out and appreciate the world-class cultural assets such as the Philadelphia Art Museum, the Orchestra, history, theaters, music venues and other creative institutions offering events everyday.”

Gary Steuer, Philadelphia’s Chief Cultural Officer, added, "It is exciting - and gratifying - that in the newest Travel + Leisure "America's Favorite Cities" survey, Philadelphia is ranked number one in the country for culture. This is a testament to the extraordinary breadth and quality of our heritage and arts attractions, and to all of those involved in promoting those assets to our visitors. And, of course, the residents of our region get to enjoy these world class cultural assets every day of the year, which makes Philadelphia one of the greatest cities in which to live and do business."

In 2009, Mayor Nutter re-established the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy. Since its opening, the Office has established an open-to-the-public art gallery in City Hall, an expansion of the Art in City Hall initiative, which presents art exhibitions by professional, student and emerging Philadelphia artists. Additionally, the Office collaborates with the Greater Philadelphia arts community to host innovative events such as the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts and DesignPhiladelphia, which generate a significant economic benefit to the city.