Channel 6’s Jessica Borg covered the Save the Fishtown Library rally last night. You can see me sporting my Phillies playoffs hoodie and hat 37 seconds into the clip. I wanted to post this not only because I think that this is a story that deserves a great deal of visibility, but also because I wanted to note that not everyone present felt that Bill Green’s comments articulated what we want from the City.
As a Philadelphian, I want it all. I don’t want to sacrifice things like the Office of Sustainability. A lack of sustainabiity is how we got here in the first place. The housing market wasn’t sustainable; now it beggars us. I want the City to pursue an aggressive policy toward biking. I ride a bike and want to be safer as I commute to work. Why can’t we have that and our libraries, too?
What we may be seeing is the downside to Mayor Nutter and Governor Rendell endorsing Hillary in the primary. I hope that’s not the case and that President-elect Obama can see why our politicians endorsed his opponent but then worked hard to ensure that Pennsylvania went his way in November. If there is money out there for banks, insurers, the auto industry, and unpopular wars, there needs to be money for ordinary citizens, too.
This makes me wonder what’s next for Fairmount Park. I voted ‘no’ on that ballot initiative specifically because the only thing I’ve ever seen the Recreation Department do is close pools. I seriously hope Nutter and City Council aren’t conjuring up ways to sell off our common wealth. We really need to do better.