Morning Opinion: Nutter Is Dragging His Feet on the Building Collapse

Philadelphia Building Collapse

We’re calling it opinion, but perhaps it’s more like fact. As Daily News columnist Ronnie Polaneczky points out today, after the building collapse at 2140 Market Street, Mayor Nutter promised to convene an independent, blue-ribbon commission to assess the accident. He has not done so. On Monday, Nutter’s spokesman, Mark McDonald, told Polaneczky it would happen “very soon.”

“He said the same thing 37 days ago,” she writes.




Though Polaneczky keeps an even tone, bringing in Nancy Winkler and Jay Bryan, whose 24-year-old daughter Anne was killed in the collapse, to make the point, it's actually something of an outrage that Nutter is putting this off. Winkler tells Polaneczky:

"[This] was a horrific, avoidable crime that was the result of a widespread, systemic failure to put public safety first."

Now, Winkler and Ryan "want the city to use this moment to undergo an honest examination of the systems, people and processes that affect building, demo and development in Philly."

Winkler, who is city treasurer, sure is optimistic for an insider.

Mayor Nutter, what are you afraid of? Or, to put it more generously, take some time out from your schedule -- which today includes officiating at a first-grade safety officer's swearing-in ceremony -- and GET IT DONE.

Seeing the big picture of the Market Street collapse

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  • Richard Kane

    Can someone look for the article
    that I can’t find about 6 months about the eye sores at 22nd and Market that would soon be gone, with property values soaring as a result.

    Since then the Forum Theater which had a huge arson fire yelp.com/biz/forum-theatre-philadelphia, the Salvation Army where the neighborhood association complained of
    trash pickers after hours, and the other adult store that had the clerk with the door open asking men passing by to go in, was being demolished in record haste.

    I was before the accident irritated thatthe side walk in front was totally blocked so one had to enter the subway surface entrance by going in the street metal netting which
    would prevent anything falling from the building, seeming to me to be
    overdone.

    Different criticism at PhillyIMC.org

    From Richard Kane