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My thoughts on the Popocalypse

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If you haven’t heard, the Pope is coming to Philadelphia tomorrow.

People are excited.  People are annoyed.

It is clear is that the city of Philadelphia wanted to ensure the Pope’s safety.  This is admirable.  But the end result is that major roads are closed.  Bridges are closed. Business are closed.

The people who live in the city have fled.

There is a reason Philadelphia was selected for this visit.  I don’t know what the exact reason is, but it is safe to assume it was because the city was evaluated in a positive light.  The people who work and live in Philadelphia define its character.  They are the people leaving.

What is left is not a reflection of the city.  Yes the buildings and the restaurants are open (I think), but what makes Philadelphia not New York and not Washington DC – they are elsewhere this weekend.

This isn’t a slam on the Pope (as far as Popes go, he seems like an alright guy).  This isn’t a slam on the thousands of Catholics converging on the city.  This isn’t even a slam on the officials who planned it.

This whole thing played out the way it should have (for logistical and security reasons), but it is a shame that the people who live in the area couldn’t actually appreciate what was happening.

PS:  For as much crap as the Washington Post wrote about Philadelphia, the “VIP-ready city” had to have a closed off section and had traffic problems all day.

Photo: Republic of Korea, Flickr

 

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Picture: Philadelphia: The Pope Visit

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I saw this the other day on Reddit and had to share it. What a cluster this event is turning out to be.
Photo: Imgur

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Picture: #PhillyFriday: Kent Radio Factory (1925)

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Photo: Shorpy

Philadelphia, 1925: Kent Radio Factory. The caption on the original photo said:
Can we pick up the pace, girls?

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Picture: #PhillyFriday: Girard Trust 1920

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Per Wikipedia:

The Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia is a 394 feet (120-meter) 30-story skyscraper located south of City Hall in the Center City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was built in 1930-1931 as the Girard Trust Building. The tower was actually an addition to a domed low-rise building which was constructed in 1908. It was then renamed Two Mellon Plaza. One Meridian Plaza (1972-1999) was connected to this building. Shortly after One Meridian Plaza’s demolition, the building was converted in 2000 into a 330-room Ritz-Carlton hotel. Responsible for the building’s conversion are James Garrison and Dr. George C. Skarmeas.

On the former site of One Meridian Plaza stands The Residences at the Ritz Carlton of Philadelphia, constructed in 2009.

The architect of the Girard Trust Building was McKim, Mead & White. The building is located on the site formerly occupied by the West End Trust Building (1898-1928).

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Picture: #PhillyFriday: Divine Lorraine Hotel

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Photo: justinw0lfe, imgur

I really don’t know why, but I have a fondness for the Divine Lorraine Hotel. It is a perfect symbol of the decay of the last 30 years in America, but it also represents potential hope that not everything rots and fades away.

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Philadelphia in 4K


Philadelphia in 4K

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The Best Cheesesteaks in Philadelphia

The Best Cheesesteaks in Philadelphia

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@JosePistola opening #SanchoPistola’s in Fishtown

@JosePistola opening #SanchoPistola’s in Fishtown

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