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With Philadelphia’s emergence as America’s first industrial city, it swiftly became a beacon of hope for an amalgam of cultures seeking reprieve from their respective situations. Irish immigrants sought to escape the Great Famine of the 1840s; peoples from Italy, Russia and Eastern Europe immigrated during the late 1800s; and Southern blacks moved to the city during the Great Migration. New railroads, canals and roads allowed for the influx of skilled workers and intellects from around the states and the world.
Currently, the majority of development within Philadelphia occurs in University City and Center City, the business district. Transitioning from its days of industry and manufacturing, Philadelphia now boasts a glittering service industry. The City of Brotherly Love has thus become a substantial tourist destination.