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Dedicated Philly Chowhound Board

barryg Jul 14, 2009 07:23 AM

I always feel a little miffed when I go to the Chowhound menu and scroll past the DC/Baltimore board and select Pennsylvania to get my Philly food fix. I feel strongly that our food scene rivals DC/Baltimore easily. Nearly all of the traffic on this board is Philly and other PA posts get lost.

Nothing against the rest of PA--I know there is great food statewide--but is it time to get a dedicated Philly board? I mean Grub Street just came out with a dedicated Philly food blog.

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    Bigley9 RE: rocknroll52 Jul 14, 2009 08:18 AM

    I agree - just look what happens when someone posts without a location (the free range meats post being the most recent)! And it is absurd that we can't post about S Jersey and Northern DE here

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      Delucacheesemonger RE: Bigley9 Jul 15, 2009 11:31 AM

      Count me in.

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      barryg RE: barryg Jul 14, 2009 08:18 AM

      A Philly metro-area board makes so much sense. South Jersey posts should be grouped with Philly.

      Anyone in favor should reply to this post so it gets the attention of the moderators.

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        lawgirl3278 RE: barryg Jul 14, 2009 08:20 AM

        I agree. I think South Jersey should be included in a Philly-area board as well.

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          mschow RE: lawgirl3278 Jul 15, 2009 10:31 AM

          I live in S. Jersey, about 9-10 miles to downtown Philly. In fact, I live far closer to the city than do most of my friends who live in PA. However, all discussions about restaurants in the NJ area closest to Phila have to go on the Mid-Atlantic board. Quite frankly most of the posting on the Mid-Atlantic board involve N. Jersey restaurants; I would guess at least 70%.
          On the weekend, it takes me no more than 10 minutes to get into the city...most of us who live here work in the city! Take a look at any shopping center in Cherry Hill on the weekend, and there are as many cars with PA plates as NJ plates. People go back and forth constantly. I have friends in the city who often take the high speed line to eat in Collingswood or Haddonfield. It is logical that a Philly board should include S. Jersey, just as it should include other PA suburbs. I'm a sales rep and eat out all over the Philly burbs in addition to the city. I like to know what's new and good throughout the area and use CH regularly to get this info.
          Let's hope that the moderators take into consideration now dense the area surrounding Philly is, and that PA and NJ people regularly shop and dine in each others states.

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            discndav RE: mschow Jul 15, 2009 12:04 PM

            South Jersey belongs on the Philly board, please makes it happen, thanks.

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            Quine RE: lawgirl3278 Jul 15, 2009 04:22 PM

            As a life long resident of South Jersey, I never identify with the Philly area, why? Because I am from "down the shore" ya know the EAST coast, not the west area that all seem to think is "south" jersey .

            I just cannot see folks looking to a Philly group to see what is happening in coastal NJ, unless they were directionally challenged.

            Now if I could support a "Philly and suburb" area group, but please don't think that includes all of South Jersey.

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              Mawrter RE: Quine Jul 17, 2009 07:52 AM

              I hear ya, and I'm sure that's right on the money for year-round residents in your area, but I can also think of a heck of a lot of Philly-area residents who are just there weekends and summers.

              I don't know what the breakdown is between locals and tourists for local restaurants in Jersey shore towns, but I'm pretty sure non-locals have to represent a decent percentage, right?

              Not disagreeing with you, really, just thinking out loud... I think everyone's intention is to have something that makes sense and is easily find-able for those that will use it, not to trample on your regional identity! :-)

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            BeerFreak RE: barryg Jul 14, 2009 08:22 AM

            how many people should need to petition to get one right? its amazing....

            1. The Chowhound Team RE: barryg Jul 14, 2009 08:28 AM

              This thread was moved from the Pennsylvania board. We handle site issues on the Site Talk board to keep the local boards focused on food.

              Please see this thread which addresses some of the issues regarding new board geographies:


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                rocknroll52 RE: barryg Jul 15, 2009 08:02 AM

                I noticed that my post concerning this topic was removed...the gist was the same as expressed above...tired of having posts about nearby communities in our metro area removed by the Chowhound team and transferred to another board...if Chowhound doesn't have the technical means to create a new board for the Philly metro area, how about letting us have freedom to discuss chow topics in the neighboring communities? Please do not remove this post.

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                  Beulah RE: rocknroll52 Jul 15, 2009 08:55 AM

                  I agree that we should have a Delaware Valley Board -- as a resident now of Philly (formerly Montco) I am interested in South Jersey restaurnts as well as those of northern Delaware. I will also post my opinion on the link posted by the Chowhound Team.

                2. AmblerGirl RE: barryg Jul 15, 2009 10:15 AM

                  Agree - but I think its important to include the entire metro area - burbs, NJ etc. and not limit it to just philly.

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                    bluehensfan RE: AmblerGirl Jul 15, 2009 10:30 AM

                    Makes sense to me....it would make it easier to not sift through the Pittsburgh, etc. posts.

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                    michael RE: barryg Jul 15, 2009 12:59 PM

                    Count me in. I strongly feel that Philadelphia and its surrounding suburbs (including nearby South Jersey) should have it's own dedicated board. Thank you.

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                      Carole RE: michael Jul 15, 2009 01:53 PM

                      Count me in, too!

                      All they have to do is call it the Philadelphia Area.

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                      centralpadiner RE: barryg Jul 15, 2009 03:43 PM

                      I just want to offer up my support as a non-Philly PA hound. As entertaining as I find the Philly posts, it would just be a lot easier. Philly has basically taken over the PA board, to the point where most people don't even post a location if it is in Philly. This is a sign of the great food scene and tourist interest in Philly, not a sign of "bad" posting - and I think that the fact that the posts are so overwhelmingly Philly-centric, indicates the need for their own board. I can understand the desire for the inclusion of a larger metro area, as well.

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                        rocknroll52 RE: centralpadiner Jul 15, 2009 07:12 PM

                        that's another good reason for a Philly metro board...I can imagine that posters from Pittsburgh and Central PA will find another place to have their discussions since 95%of the posts here are about Philly...

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                          Mawrter RE: rocknroll52 Jul 17, 2009 07:55 AM

                          The only possible downside I see is the possible confusion of wading through areas connected only by the fact that they are not SEPA, and it kinda reinforces that unfortunate the rest of PA versus Philly mentality... but if it's not bothering the Pennsylvanians from outside the greater metro area, it would certainly make sense for us.

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                            HillJ RE: Mawrter Jul 17, 2009 12:44 PM

                            ...not anymore than NYC Metro is to Manhattan Board.

                            I'll say this much, when the good people of CH *myself included* asked for and discussed a separate NJ Board the conversation wasn't nearly as encouraged and locked by Mods.

                            There must be Philly Board interest. So good for us! Philly as a food destination deserves its own Board here on CH.

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                        kmsue RE: barryg Jul 15, 2009 03:47 PM

                        I am all for a Philly (and surrounding burbs) board! =)

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                          Jdbc RE: barryg Jul 15, 2009 04:14 PM

                          Add me in. We need a Philly and suburbs board, including South Jersey

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                            hillster RE: Jdbc Jul 15, 2009 04:34 PM

                            It's ridiculous we are even talking about it! We are one of the biggest cities in the countries and have some the best restaurants anywhere! South Jersey IS part of Philly!

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                            rookmcl RE: barryg Jul 15, 2009 04:57 PM

                            I agree that Philadelphia and its surrounding suburbs (including nearby South Jersey) should have it's own dedicated board. Thank you.

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                              CrazyOne RE: barryg Jul 15, 2009 05:26 PM

                              This comes up every so often, so don't get your hopes up. Nothing ever changes. Philly *does* need and deserve its own board, because the PA board is already treated like the Philly board with possible confusion when posts aren't marked with locations (which is how the vast majority of Philly posts are made). But I'm sure you can still find the sticky post above about how requests for new boards are being ignored for the foreseeable future. Continual improvement in the organization of the boards is not a goal around here.

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                                crazyspice RE: CrazyOne Jul 15, 2009 07:26 PM

                                Well, I am going to do my Chowhound dance in hopes of this "improvement"!

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                                  mschow RE: CrazyOne Jul 16, 2009 05:56 AM

                                  Unfortunately, I think CrazyOne is right...

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                                  gfweb1 RE: barryg Jul 16, 2009 05:40 AM

                                  Good idea to have Philly only. But would it stop at the city line or slop over into neighboring 'burbs?

                                  1. Jacquilynne RE: barryg Jul 16, 2009 06:27 AM

                                    The CH Team linked to my sticky thread earlier, but I'm not sure everyone saw it, so I wanted to post here directly.

                                    We do want new boards, and a Philly & Southern NJ suburbs board is one we're planning to create, when we create new boards. Unfortunately, we can't offer a timeline on when new boards might be happening. It requires Engineering cycles that just haven't been available for us, unfortunately.

                                    -- Jacquilynne, Community Manager for Chowhound

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                                      rocknroll52 RE: Jacquilynne Jul 16, 2009 08:51 AM

                                      HI Jacquillynne...until Chowhound can get the Philly metro board together, how about asking the mods to allow us to discuss the Philly metro area (which includes S. Jersey) its really annoying to have those posts moved to the Mid-Atlantic board.

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                                        cwdonald RE: rocknroll52 Jul 16, 2009 11:20 AM

                                        I support this as well. And I would add we should consider other counties in Jersey as well. I live in Bucks County, but if I want to talk about a restaurant in Lambertville it gets moved to Mid Atlantic, even though its a pedestrian stroll across the bridge and cIonsumers choose between eating in either New Hope or Lambertville. Likewise Trenton pizza and ethnic foods are often patronized by people in Bucks County as well... Stockton right across from Dilly Corners... Milford opposite Upper Black Eddy and so forth where the consumer traffic can hop state lines with abandon. The same issue holds with Wilmington, DE.

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                                          Quine RE: cwdonald Jul 16, 2009 11:44 AM

                                          However coastal NJ is far from Philly. So again, I can support a" Philly and Suburb" area site, clumping in coastal south jersey is a far stretch of teh imagination and miles!

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                                            rocknroll52 RE: cwdonald Jul 16, 2009 11:47 AM

                                            exactly..and I wish I could understand why the mods want to limit our discussions in this way... I think the users of this board are very capable of deciding what's so off topic as to be inappropriate and in that case we can hit the "report" button to bring to something to the attention of the mods.

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                                        silverbullet69 RE: barryg Jul 16, 2009 07:27 AM

                                        Philly DEFINITELY needs its own board.

                                        I see a lot of people asking about where to eat in Philly, only to get a zillion recommendations in Jersey or the Suburbs.

                                        Nothing against the burbs but most people who are in town for a few days aren't going to trek 20 miles to eat.

                                        It's hard enough to get visitors to venture out of center city and go to 9th street / washington ave area.

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                                          mazza3 RE: barryg Jul 16, 2009 08:32 AM

                                          count me as another vote in favor. :)

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                                            60s Girl RE: mazza3 Jul 18, 2009 09:44 AM

                                            Another vote here!

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