This isn’t quite right. There isn’t just one Philly accent any more than there is one New york accent. My accent isn’t the same as the South Philly accent they are talking about, thought we share the extra vowels I once spent a fascinating few minutes teaching my linguistic professor. (Me: “No, that’s New york. There’s a subtle, but crucial difference.” He picked it up surprisingly quickly. A lot of people out here can’t really hear the difference). The accents of Philly aren’t just geographical, but class based, and to a certain extent tied to race and ethnicity. People from different countries tended to settle in neighborhoods with other people from there. That was breaking down by the time I was born, but as with places like New York and New Orleans, with similar histories, certain neighborhoods developed accent variations that reflected the immigrant’s accents, and while the lines shift and blur as people move around, an educated ear can tell that a person grew up in an area with a lot of yiddish, or Italian, or Irish, or southerners who came North after slavery, etc. even if the person is not from the group or groups that influenced the particular flavor of Philly speak. Still, this article is interesting.
An impaired crane operator in Philly collapsed a building killing six a few days ago. He’s under arrest.