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We're Number 1! We're Number 1!
On my last day abroad, in between searching for British Soap Opera Magazines to deliver to Ray, I had a little time to check in, and I wow, I see we have finally come out number 1 on something. Awesome!
Among the nation's 10 largest cities, Philadelphia ranks first in the percentage of people living in poverty: 24.5 percent. Camden also ranks first among cities of its size, with 44 percent in poverty.
"I think it's very unfortunate that we are leading the country in this kind of statistic," said Gloria Guard, executive director of the People's Emergency Center in Philadelphia. "But I'm not surprised, because homelessness among families in Philadelphia reached an all-time high last year."
Cuts in social-service and job-training programs are hurting, Guard said.
OK, so, I would have preferred we led in just about any other category than that. It is a stark reminder that while the Philly boom is a great thing, a rising tide DOES NOT lift all ships.
These numbers are even more disheartening to me when thinking about the one year anniversary of Katrina. Why? Because what Katrina laid bare for me was that you can have a booming City (in parts), with a booming tourism industry (in parts), with luxurious, historical neighborhoods (in parts), while at the same time having stark, dramatic, entrenched poverty. As Ray said way back when:
what is going on in Katrina’s wake is “the ugly side of america's growing class divide, clearly displayed for the world to view.”
We are, quite simply, on the path to New Orleans. While the inland position of our City may prevent our wounds from being gashed open so broadly by a Hurricane, the entrenched poverty, the racial tension, and the inequality that existed there, waiting for a spark, is simmering and growing all the time in Philly.
Time for a Mayoral Candidate to talk about that. Time for the Governor to talk about that.