Tracking “gritty” Philadelphia: Better when it’s a person than a place
The first mention I could find of “gritty Philadelphia” was a June 16, 1880 article in the Boston (Daily) Globe about a walking contest known as the Sawdust Pounders.
Some more examples of gritty Philadelphia people.
A 1976 profile of Bill Green syndicated by UPI appears to be the first use of “gritty Philadelphia politics”.
By 1986, a usage familiar today—that of the gritty Philadelphia neighborhood—appears in a blurb about the novel South Street.
In 1989, NBC used the phrase to describe the lead character in a new legal drama.
The uses above seem clearly positive, evoking the Angela Duckworth sense of the word. But grit is not always a good thing. “Gritty Philadelphia” sometimes just means dirty.
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“No sign of hate groups” – Why hasn’t the Inquirer corrected its reporting of Saturday’s hate rally?
The Philadelphia Inquirer’s coverage of this weekend’s hate rally on Independence Mall outright denies the presence of hate groups there.
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