The Best Thing That Happened This Week: We’re All in This Together, Apart

In a city known for stubbornness, we’re glad to see openness to change in this time of crisis.

A CDC illustration of COVID-19. CDC/Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAMS

Let’s just say our city has a certain reputation for … stubbornness. For clinging to the past. (Hey, our past is illustrious!) For not changing with the times. Okay — for being narrow-minded, unwelcoming, territorial, hidebound, and generally stick-in-the-mud.

But this past week, we learned some things about ourselves. We found out we can roll with the punches. And the punches have come hard and heavy: Every. Goddamn. Sports. Season. Affected. The Orchestra silenced. All Ivy League athletics canceled. In-person classes at colleges and universities canned through the end of the semester. Penn tossing everyone off campus. No March Madness. Schools shut down everywhere. The stock market — aiyeee! The St. Paddy’s Day Parade (faith and begorrah!) on hold. Sweet Jesus, NOT THE LIQUOR STORES!!!

And you know what? We’re still here. Still afloat. There’s room on this door for Rose and Jack and everyone else. We’re in this together, Philly. All for one and one for all! Uh, would you happen to have a roll of toilet paper you could share?