The More Philly’s Population Changes, The More Its Politicians Stay The Same

 

American Community Survey, 2012 data | Source: US Census Bureau

American Community Survey, 2012 data | Source: US Census Bureau

  • With the American Community Survey’s latest data showing that Philadelphia continues to grow its population, This Old City’s Jon Getting argues that it may be time for city pols to transcend our collective decades-old habit of undercutting our fair city. City officials, he expounds, are disconcertingly persistent in their declinist attitudes and the policies that they—if valid—necessitate: “how to bribe companies to locate their headquarters here, or how to make suburban people like us and come and visit the city, using subsidized Big Culture institutions, hotels, and underpriced, oversupplied parking.” Rather, we need to return our focus to the basics: “good schools, safe neighborhoods, clean streets, low-cost transportation choices, and nice public spaces.”
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Stephen Currall recently received his BA in history from Arcadia University. Before beginning doctoral studies, he is pursuing his interest in local history, specifically just how Philadelphians engage their vibrant past. Besides skimming through 18th century letters, Steve is also interested in music and travel.

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