this isn't just about the super bowl, right?
the super bowl is just a representation of the bigger picture, right? the bigger picture that philadelphia has to live up to the name of being a world-class city in anticipation of hosting people from around the globe. it's about that, right?
so, if that's the case, how do we shift the generational mentality of mediocrity and thinking small, that moonlights in many different uniforms (i.e. filthy streets in front of half a million dollar condos, a gentrification that only challenges san diego's, a failing public school system, a growing population rooted firmly in the food scene, and the mentality that everyone is out to get them - read: trust no one.)
we have company coming, philadelphia and the entire world is watching.
things you should know after reading this:
i like philadelphia. for the first time since 2010 when i moved here from the progressive towns of washington, d.c and iowa city, ia, i can confidently say i like philly. no, i don't love it. it's got a lot of work to do. (see below.)
i truly believe philly has the potential to be a great city. mixing old ideas with new ones, jaded perspectives with bright ones. the collaboration could be mind-blowing. i get excited just thinking about it.
i am here. while i will likely never claim that i am 'from' philly, my husband is from here, our son was born here and we are starting businesses here. we have roots here, so we are in this.
we want to make philadelphia great. the kind of city that only needs to dust and put the flowers in vases when company visits.