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Philadelphians Enrolled In Longtime Owner Occupants Program (Enrollments per 1,000 households in fiscal year 2015)

Philadelphians Enrolled In Longtime Owner Occupants Program (Enrollments per 1,000 households in fiscal year 2015)

  • Former Philadelphian and current Los Angeles Times columnist Alison Shore returned this summer to vacation with her family. Over the weekend she recounted her impressions of the city’s transformation since Frank Rizzo welcomed “his Pope” in 1979. “The city that hosted Pope Francis this weekend is different now. The City of Brotherly Love, certainly spiffed up for the papal visit, has a new confidence and vitality. Restaurants abound, access to the city’s two rivers is a priority and Philadelphia’s legacy as a cultural and historical icon deepens.”
  • Covering the papal visit this weekend, USA Today’s Rem Rieder was surprised at the level of security rolled out for the event, suggesting that Philadelphia—or an independent panel of experts—“undertake a major examination of how things played out.” Ray Ullrich, a stonemason from Northern Liberties, was most perceptive, says Rieder: “There’s no doubt it’s an inconvenience. I understand it’s better to overcompensate than undercompensate, but they really did overcompensate quite a bit.”
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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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  1. Clancy is the problem, not the security planners. He came in to bully the Mayor, SEPTA and all parties involved in the planning of the WMOF and the Pope’s visit. Even SEPTA, the best transit operator with the capability of moving people around, was bullied into closing 252 stations and running Regional Rail and EL/BSS on 18 stations for the two day weekend visit of the Pope. Plus ordered to make people buy Pope passes to travel on its network. Secret Service wanted to thin down the crowd in order to give terrorists little cover. Given all this, the Mayor accepted all those conditions. A national security zone was created, thus renamed the Francis zone and that was the imposition of marital law with people being touched inappropriately by the TSA, including a good female friend of ours on her private zone by a TSA female. I did not see too many disabled people around as their caretakers wisely took them out of the loop.

    Do those who missed the Mass have legal options? Yes, they do. I am sure lawyers will be filing class action lawsuits. They will not be able to sue the US Government, but the WMOF and the City of Philadelphia who will most likely be paying off claims on average of $25 per person who missed the Mass plus 1/3 of the contingency for lawyers.

    If you looked at progress of CITC, you will see that the FMC tower rose faster than CITC and why was that? Secret Service mandated that CITC, a hotel at 15th and Chestnut and SLS hotel on South Broad Street, not be on an aggressive construction schedule as they wanted the roads open at all times for crowd control. CITC rose slowly and those two other projects were blocked from starting construction on orders of L and I from the Secret Service. Now the Pope zone is out, construction will then resume on those projects with CITC rising fast soon.

    Was it worth it to have the Pope? Yes, but it would have been worth it for the Mayor to challenge the Feds on producing proof of a terrorist attack coming to Philly. It is clear that Archbishop Chaput wanted to have the Pope at all costs and nudged Nutter toward accepting the onerous conditions imposed by Clancy and his bullies.

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