DOES CITY HALL HAVE AN ACTUAL PLAN?
Written by Charles Ellison on January 8, 2020
Some might say Philadelphia feted its new City Council, re-elected mayor and other political luminaries in proper Broad Street-style at the Met on Monday. Some might say they could have done away with all the pomp and just carried out the ceremony at City Hall. But, one thing most seem to agree on is that while we might have a sense of the issues and priorities for 2020, we don’t have that much sense of exactly what the plan is.
“That’s what we’re looking for,” said Black Women Leadership Council (BWLC)’s Emma Chappelle during a post-inauguration panel broadcast on WURD. “We’re looking for the plan. How does everyone in the leadership play a role in that plan? And, what exactly are they going to do to get it done?”
Trying to capture it all, City Council President Darrell Clarke spoke of a Philly “moonshot” moment as the “economy is booming and cranes are everywhere.” He lifted moon rhymes from the nation’s one-time race to the dead planet that everyone but the Boomers had forgotten about. “That’s an effort worthy of a world-class city.”