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In the Pantheon of Great First Sentences...

this one is pretty phenomenal: "If you want to visit the future, go to Philadelphia." It may not be Dickens ("It was the best of times...") or Tolstoy ("Happy families are all alike...), but for Philadelphians, this opening line ’tis a far, far better thing. Oh, and by the way, writer Kristine A. Wong is referring to the city's online data project, not the Zoo Balloon. [GreenBiz/Verge]