Philly’s out-of-control trash and junkyard problems encapsulate the city's biggest issue: it's governed by miserable people who hate their jobs
Just yesterday, a Philly parking authority officer was shot execution style in the back of the head. Somehow Pennsylvania is one of the few states that voted more blue in 2022 than 2020, preferring a status quo AG as governor and stroke victim as Senator. The Karenland FUPAZ cities are fully demoralized: https://yuribezmenov.substack.com/p/how-to-visit-karenland-fupaz-part
I worked in Philly for 35 years and retired mid 2017. Just this morning my daughter informed my wife and I that when she is home for winter break from college (in Burlington, VT) that she wants to have dinner at a posh Philly restaurant. I cringed, bit my tongue and said yes, sure. Sounds great.
Philly is a shit hole. I can count on one hand the amount of times I’ve visited Philly since my retirement, which was the happiest day of my life. Not because I no longer had to work, but because I no longer had deal with Philly. Several of my suburban friends / neighbors have moved their to live full time recently. Yikes. No fucking way.
You can have your steak sandwiches, Mummers, rabid sports fans and all the other crap. I’ve tapped out never to return.
How much influence on public officials involves the mob? It seems like the kind of business they might be involved in.
The proposed solution --- for under-30 set to "care about local politics" --- makes the same fundamental mistake about human nature. There is no way to get anyone (ever) to care about resources (any) that he does not own and control.
For this reason, you've never in your entire life picked up one shred of a piece of garbage on the street NEAR your home, even though you'd never leave a piece of garbage lying on the floor INSIDE it.
the solution, the real solution, the actual solution that can be implemented quickly, with ease, at zero additional cost.. are you ready? would you like to hear it?
PRIVATIZE IT ALL OF IT. The garbage pickup, the law enforcement, ALL OF IT. Privatize it, put it out to competitive bid by private profit-seeking businesses, and MIRACLE OF MIRACLES: the streets are clean, the streets are safe, the trains run on time.
Nick does a service by advancing the thesis that San Francisco is not the only failed “state”, all Blue cities are going the way of Detroit, and for similar reasons, I’d suggest. But his diagnosis of an under-staffed municipal government is naive. Why do garbage yards flout the law with impunity? It’s obvious the mob runs Philly, probably by proxy through the unions and directly in multifarious ways. It’s the old model of Harlem’s Cotton Club all over again: blacks on stage, whites in the audience, and Italians at the cash register. The mob pays off “community leaders”, dumps their toxic waste in the black neighborhoods controlled by those corrupt “civil rights heroes” and “activists”, and the whites in the suburbs pay the taxes that keeps the cash flowing to fund the Phila-dystopia. I posted this video in response to Yuri Bezemov’s comment, but here it is again--life and death in Philly: https://twitter.com/mostlypeacefull/status/1597988916979957760?s=21