A commercial, educational, & cultural center, Philadelphia, PA (the host city of TAKII) was once the 2nd-largest community in the British Empire (after London), in addition to being the social & geographical center of the original 13 American colonies. It was in this city that many ideas, & subsequent actions, gave birth to the American Revolution & American Independence, making Philadelphia a centerpiece of early American history. In 2008, the population of the city proper was estimated to be over 1.4 million, while the Greater Philadelphia metropolitan area's population of 5.8 million made it the country's 5th-largest. The city is also the 4th-largest consumer media market as ranked by the Nielsen Media Research, making it prime real estate for branding mavens worldwide. Popular nicknames for Philadelphia include "Philly" & "The City Of Brotherly Love".
Named after the numerous universities & colleges that were founded here, University City (the exact area where The Rotunda, TAKII's venue, is located) was Philadelphia's 1st suburb & is home to distinctive urban neighborhoods of wide porches, tree-lined streets, restaurants & cafés, & shops. World-renowned centers of entertainment, education, medicine, & technology, in addition to residents of diverse backgrounds, lend University City its intellectual & international flavor. Anyone lucky enough to visit this area of Philly will take with them memories that will surely last a lifetime. BELIEVE IT!