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I post my sudden thoughts and second thoughts here from time to time -- usually having something to do with Philadelphia and governmental accountability, but occaisionally on something more (or less) interesting. Check out my Recent Writing for issues of the day and take a look at some more in-depth writing in Brett's Books. Or, view the Bulldog Budget, which represents a wonderfully visual way to conceive and account for how our government works (or doesn't work) for us.

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No Parking Scandal

Of all the things wrong with the business as usual at the Philadelphia Parking Authority, it finally took revelations of sexual harassment by the chief executive and look-the-other-way lack-of-leadership by the authority's board to bring change at the top.  But, neither the boss' boorish behavior, nor the board's baffling blind spots, scratches the surface of the true scandal of the PPA.  

The real problem is that Philadelphia's parking-regulatory bureaucracy is used as a patronage haven and a center of white-collar cronyism -- not as an agency to direct sound transportation policy or as a generator of a predictable and significant revenue stream for the city and its schools.  The actual scandal is that Philadelphia politicians of both political parties have looked the other way as the parking authority has been abused by Philadelphia's political class.  

This is not news and it is not new.