GQ magazine names Philadelphia 'City of the Year'

Rachel Kurland
December 05, 2018 - 2:06 pm
Thousands gather around the Rocky steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art as the Super Bowl LII Champions Philadelphia Eagles parade down Broad Street ending at the art museum in Philadelphia.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio)Eagles winning the Super Bowl, Meek Mill helicoptering to a 76ers game, Gritty being Gritty — a lot has happened in 2018 that put Philly back on the map, so it's really no surprise that the City of Brotherly Love has been named "City of the Year."

The honor was bestowed by GQ magazine in its December issue, which also credits the accolade for the city's music, political, food and sports scenes.

GQ writer Zach Baron, a Germantown native himself, says Philly is "a model city, with a Super Bowl-winning (and Trump-defying) NFL team and a new radical political class."

He went on to say, "Eagles players became activists, speaking out about the flawed criminal-justice system. Donald Trump disinvited the team from (visiting) the White House out of spite; our mayor, Jim Kenney, then called our president 'a fragile egomaniac obsessed with crowd size.' Our recently elected District Attorney, Larry Krasner, is the most progressive D.A. in the entire country. Our restaurants now regularly grace Bon Appétit’s Best New Restaurants list. Will Smith joined Instagram and immediately became incredible at it. You don’t have to sell your plasma or your soul to afford an apartment in the city. It just feels … different in Philadelphia these days. Downright victorious, even."

The article also includes short interviews with Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins, rapper Meek Mill, District Attorney Larry Krasner, and South Philly Barbacoa chef and co-owner Cristina Martínez.

Hopefully receiving a high distinction this time around won't result in Philadelphians violently vaulting from the awning of the Ritz-Carlton.