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Regional Affairs Council – November 2011

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Reported by Pat Loeb, KYW Newsradio 1060

(Graphic by Ed Fischer)

Part 1: The Balkanization of Philadelphia

Think of the most important areas of public life: housing, transportation, education, tourism, budgeting. In Philadelphia, there is no direct, exclusive local control of any of these.

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(A wall decoration at the headquarters of the Philadelphia Parking Authority.  Photo by Pat Loeb)

Part 2: ‘The Land of Oz’

Why would a state senator from western Pennsylvania care about parking spaces in Philadelphia? He probably doesn’t, yet he has more say over who runs the Philadelphia Parking Authority than our mayor does.

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(Former Philadelphia schools superintendent Arlene Ackerman, before she was let go earlier this year.  Credit:  Mike DeNardo)

Part 3: Turmoil In The Schools

It’s been ten years since the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania took control of the Philadelphia school system, but even those who initially supported the state takeover acknowledge a seemingly neverending torrent of problems.

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(Taxicabs at 30th Street Station in Philadelphia.   Credit: Mike DeNardo)

Part 4: The Other Side of the Coin

“I don’t think anybody else wanted the task of regulating the taxi industry,” says the owner of a Philadelphia cab company who thinks the Parking Authority is doing a pretty good job of it.

11/04/2011

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