Philly's cultural scene highlighted in several magazines

There are few things a city can do to attract residents more effective than making a conscious effort to transform the local culture and improve the area's amenities. When people are looking for a new place to live, they frequently look for a place that has good schools, stable property values and an exciting social scene. In recent years, the City of Brotherly Love has made important strides in all of these categories, but perhaps none more substantial than in the last. In fact, three recent laudatory articles from esteemed periodicals suggest that the value of real estate in Philadelphia, PA, may be on the rise.

Art scene
New York Magazine, for example, highlights the region's art scene, as it informs readers about art-filled inns and cutting-edge galleries. The magazine points to, among others, the Barnes Foundation, which is home to an extensive collection of Impressionist art and works by such masters as Renoir and Picasso. In a city where new museums and private studios seem to be popping up by the day, this collection may be among the finest.

Architectural history
In a similar vein, the Huffington Post recently published an article that recommends venues and establishments for tourists and locals to visit. The list was long - suggesting everything from excellent ice cream parlors to well-curated museums - but made special mention of a storied and elegant neighborhood in Philadelphia's Center City section.

For centuries, Society Hill has housed some of the city's most elegant and famous homes. Brimming with interactive history and visual splendor, this section of the city should not be missed by people with a taste for local architectural history.

Top-shelf attractions
Between the art galleries, the historic neighborhoods and all the other landmarks in the City of Brotherly Love, it shouldn't be surprising to learn that Philadelphia has seen a significant rise in tourism and new residents in the last several years. In fact, the city saw a record 38 million travelers flood in during 2011, according to Smarter Travel.

Much of this growth can be linked to the city's ongoing efforts to become a leading figure in the fine art and culture world. The recent renovation of the Barnes Foundation, a renowned art gallery, may have helped the city secure its place on the source's list of America's Best Cities on the Rise.

With the delicate balance of new and old, culture and dining, Philadelphia seems to be earning accolades from many national outlets.