Friday, June 20, 2008

Philadelphia's mayor speaks, you listen...

Philadelphia Mayor on planning a city:

For many, it was enough that Nutter unambiguously endorsed a major plan for the Delaware River waterfront and the creation of a Design Review Committee.

No doubt many in the audience pinched themselves when Nutter described Philadelphia as if it were a progressive West Coast city rather than a Rust Belt survivor:

"We are a walkable city, increasingly home to bicycles," Nutter declared. "We want to preserve our urban form. We do not want the automobile and its design requirements to dominate the landscape."

Platitudes, maybe. But what stirring ones.


Good for you, Philly.

1 comment:

Leroy Grinchy said...

I love our new mayor. He's the best our system has to offer. He's the real deal.

On the other hand, Philly, like most places, probably, is big on the hot air and low on the implementation.

Yes, this place is potentially walkable. However, it's not so great when you take into account that most of our tiny streets are crammed full of cars.

Yes, we have nice river walks and all that jazz. But that's just for fun and games.

When you want to get from place to place, it's downright scary. Cars pass at very dangerous places.

People speed on one way streets then run lights.

Bus drivers are ignorant assholes and their buses plain stink. I stopped wearing contacts because the bus pollution was so bad it made it feel like I had pebbles in my eye.

So I'm not holding my breath on when our fair city becomes a bicycle paradise. We are far from it.