From what I've been able to read, is supposed to be much faster than PHP. Is this true? What are the reasons that hasn't made it main stream yet and why is everyone using Django rather than

I know Django is more pythonic, but, to me, seems more PHP-ish.

I made posts before about approaches similar to PHP and I'm surprised that wasn't mentioned. It seems like there isn't much of a userbase. Is there a reason?