Property’s Photo of the Week: Taking Back the Philly Streets

We couldn't pass up evoking those two wonderful days last week.

And then there were cars (again). -Insert sad trombone sound here-

Not to hate on the easy convenience automobiles afford us, but the Papal weekend unveiled a whole new paradise to some of those Philadelphians who had yet to see the light (and gave hope to those who knew of its existence all along): open streets for pedestrians, cyclists, and anyone else not inside a hunk of metal to enjoy. It was literally an urbanist utopia, as Citified’s Holly Otterbein observed that wonderful weekend.

Or, as Liz Spikol put it, Philadelphia as a better version of itself. Naturally, we couldn’t pass up evoking those two days in our Photo of the Week!

Since then, a cry for Philly maintain, at least periodically, an “open streets” state has been met with strong support. Be Well Philly’s Adjua Fisher reported earlier this week on the Open Street Philly campaign that has, as of press time, gained more than half of the 5,000 signatures on a Change.org petition that asks Jim Kenney, the presumed next mayor of Philadelphia, to make it a new tradition in the city.

Looks like it might happen sooner rather than later, as Mayor Michael Nutter likes car-free streets too.

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