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John Street and the Politics of Live 8
I think Tim Whitaker hits the nail on the head at the end of his column in the Philadelphia Weekly:
The theory here is this: Some in our city have come to hate the current mayor so rabidly, to such an irrational degree, that they'd rather see us drown in collective misery than watch him garner any credit.
Listen closely, and you'll hear variations on the Street-is-evil sentiment-sometimes artfully camouflaged, sometimes not. The frustration from the angered is visceral.
They wanted bigger City Hall fish brought down by the probe, and more public condemnation of Milton Street, whom they blame for everything from lost airport baggage to global warming. For them the world was more just when Rendell was mayor.
It sometimes seems as though those who come completely unhinged at hearing Mayor Street's name have other unresolved issues.
But let's not muddy the thesis.
Philadelphia's rep for being tough and cynical isn't going to change, and it shouldn't. It's who we are; it gets us through.
But when the toughness and cynicism turns shrill and self-defeating because of political animosity, or something cloaked as that, losing becomes self-fulfilling.
The sun was high in the sky last weekend, which made the shore a splendid place to be. But the vibe and sense of unity on the Parkway Saturday was a rare and singular Philadelphia treat. We defied the cynics, which made it all the more special.
I've never been the biggest fan of Mayor Street. On the other hand, I've always been somewhat surprised at the rabid hatred that many people seem to feel for him. I've heard from a lot of people that personally he can be very difficult to deal with, but I've always tried to separate my feelings about people's personalities from their politics. Frankly, I think Street cares a lot about the same things that I do and don't understand people who shorten their political analysis to personal attacks.
Sure, he should be criticized for the blind eye he turned towards the corruption that was right under his nose. And if it turns out that he actively encouraged it or benefited, he should go down. However, I rarely hear anyone talk about the accomplishments of his administration. While they don't lessen the corruption, they have to be discussed when weighing the pros and cons of his administration.
I think Street actually cares about poor and working-class people. Not in a bleeding heart, hand-wringing kind of way. In a way that seems to come from his gut. Neighborhood Transformation Initiative, while expensive and controversial, seems to have been somewhat successful. Safe Streets didn't turn into the civil rights disaster that many thought it would. Obviously, each of these are too complex to address in one post, but I always marvel at how both of them are totally left out of most discussions about the Street administration.