Scenes from a Conference in Philly
They’re actually just scenes from Philly, not from the conference. I barely went to the conference. Well: I went to two sessions, which technically is the same number I attended at ICIS. But anyway: Philly is a large city with good restaurants and an urban rail/subway situation that functions reasonably well, aside from the one insane person per car rule, which — I mean, it seems like there might be some upside to the train system isolating its liabilities better.
My hotel was very close to the convention center and next door to a court building. Interesting people were hanging out nearby (not pictured).
- Was neat to see Orrin Cooper again. This (INFORMS is the name of the conference) was his main conference for the year.
- Again, good restaurants.
- Some very strong hipster ‘hoods.
- Taking the train from the airport to downtown: very convenient and faster/cheaper than a cab (except that they only run every half-hour).
- A lot of homeless. A LOT of homeless.
- Very impressive city hall.
- Did not find Paddy’s Pub. I suspect it is not real :(.