The Frank Rizzo mural in the Italian Market. Via Wikimedia Commons. Photo by Massimo Catarinella.
This week’s trinity is on tiny South Delhi Street, right off of Ninth and Christian, in the beating heart of the Italian Market. The red brick exterior has spiraling branches and a Juliet balcony that give it a sort of old New Orleans look. There’s also room for plantings.
The Rizzo mural in the Italian market. Photo by pwbaker via Flickr.
The enormous Ninth Street mural of Frank Rizzo is like the Mona Lisa of Philadelphia: that inscrutable expression stares at passersby–many of whom probably don’t even recognize the former mayor’s iconic mug. But what would happen to that face if Rizzo heard the assertion that the Italian Market should be renamed because the Italian population has been superseded by other ethnic groups?