Letters To The Editor Get To Smell Us

Posted: May 16, 1986

I refer to the "People in the News" item that appeared on May 5.

I think it is great that the Philadelphia Club of Advertising Women has bestowed the Silver Medal Award on City Representative Dianne Semingson for launching a worldwide marketing effort in support of economic development of Philadelphia. I commend Ms. Semingson for having special advertising supplements on Philadelphia published in Fortune and Business Week magazines, and for the creation of the new "Philadelphia, Get to Know Us!" promotional theme.

However, as a lifelong resident of Philadelphia, I wonder if Ms. Semingson or any other city official, including the mayor, has considered what kind of an impression our city makes on anyone who arrives via the Philadelphia International Airport or its surrounding roadways.

The stench that is being emitted from the waste treatment plant next to the airport is appalling and is constantly growing worse. The entire airport and South Philadelphia area is now engulfed in an unbearable, offensive odor. I grow more and more disgusted with the ever-increasing amounts of pollution, filth and graffiti, but the waste treatment plant with all its unpleasantries is the final straw.

Before advertising Philadelphia to the world, only to have people quickly turn away, as evidenced by the rock-and-roll hall of fame museum's rejection, officials should take appropriate measures to clean up the city.

For now, I nominate the city government for a gold medal for its promotional theme, "Philadelphia, Get to Smell Us!"

Nina Kapusnik-DuBois

Philadelphia.

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