Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Philadelphia's primary election is today

I haven't been reading the Philadelphia Inquirer lately, so I have been out of touch on Philadelphia issues and today's primary election wasn't on my radar.

Imagine my surprise to get an email from the organization 5th Square with their primary endorsements, only to discover that I know one of the candidates, Paul Steinke, who was manager of the Reading Terminal Market for many many years.

Paul has always helpful in response to my questions about the operation of public markets and before that he was with the Center City District, Philadelphia's leading business improvement district, and one of the best operated BIDs in the country.

Emily Guendelsberger of the Philadelphia City Paper (author of the masterful piece on Uber, "I was an undercover Uber driver") wrote an equally masterful piece, "Will black voters elect a white mayor of Philadelphia?," analyzing whether or not Jim Kenney, white, can win the primary for Mayor, based on detailed analysis of elections going back 20 years.

While many of the endorsements by the Philadelphia Inquirer jibed with 5th Square, they differ on mayor.  The Philadelphia Inquirer has endorsed Anthony Williams, who is African-American, for Mayor, while 5th Square endorsed Kenney.

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