Monday, January 19, 2009

It is a great sign of the economic fortitude of the Penn community that outposts of relatively high-end eateries such as Naked Chocolate Café and Capogiro are rapidly appearing and joining the likes of Metropolitan Bakery. However I personally have always enjoyed taking a walk downtown to get to these gems – a $5 cup of gelato was a welcome treat after the lengthy journey. I am glad that Penn’s real estate ventures are supporting local businesses, but all this does is create even more of a Penn bubble. As a senior, I already have too many friends who can count on one hand the number of times they have been to Center City other than Freshman Orientation. We are students in a vibrant, diverse, up-and-coming city with hundreds of culinary attractions – most of which are not located within 5 blocks of College Hall. Penn students should be out in Philadelphia exploring the city and discovering places that don’t have it in their budget to open establishments on Penn’s campus. Penn doesn’t need to bring Philadelphia restaurants to its students. We’re already here. Let us discover them for ourselves.

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