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Save The Fishtown Library Rally
This evening, I headed over to the rally at the Fishtown Library, organized by AJ Thomson. It was a pretty incredible scene for something that happened on about 24 hours notice, through word of mouth, emails, flyers, etc. I am not good at crowd estimates, but lets just say that on a chilly November night, there were hundreds of people, demanding that Mayor Nutter spare their library.
(And, by the way, if you are from Fishtown, you are losing a fire engine, a library, and a pool? Nice.)
The anger and disappointment in the crowd was self-evident. Kids from neighborhood schools prepared letters to the Mayor, asking him not to close down their library. The more I stood out there, watching as people were forced to desperately scramble just to keep a damn library open, the more the whole thing seemed so damn ridiculous and sad. It is a really great message that we are sending to our kids...
The City I believe in does not give residents a tax cut while closing libraries, de-funding Fairmount Park, cutting back police and fire coverage, and shutting down public schools. Don't you think the people of Fishtown would rather their taxes be kept the same, rather than cut by 0.2%, if it meant their services kept open?
I will say it a million times between now and December: Keep our taxes the same. Save the City.