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On Race And Place, Philadelphia Must Play By The Rules

Like each of us, cities earn their nicknames and, like each of us, cities may long for another nickname when saddled with a less-than-favorable one.  In a city with a mayor who just released a two-decade plan to be litter-free, Philadelphia may wish to be "The City That Works" but is still, mournfully, "Philthydelphia."  If it is to work, Philadelphia cannot be a city of the little fix because when the fix is in for some, the rest of us are left in a city that can never live up to its potential.

Two fundamental ways Philadelphia simply doesn't work today have emerged as flash points.  One is race-based and one that is place-based.  

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