(Editor’s note: This is an opinion column from a Citified insider.)
There’s an old Philadelphia adage that loosely goes like this:
“This is a town run by 100 people with two jobs: the first is keeping the other 99 in power. And the second, is keeping everybody else out.” If this doesn’t resonate with you, take a long hard look in the mirror, because you’re probably one of those 100. When upstarts attempt to challenge or crack into this system they are usually met with a combination of curiosity, scorn and sometimes aggression: “How dare you work so hard at trying to disrupt a system we’ve worked so hard to keep you out of?”
Philadelphia is a city that’s getting younger by the day, but in many respects is still an old school town with old school thinking.