As the leader of IBEW Local 98 and chairman of the Redevelopment Authority, I am staunchly pro-development. Unfortunately, rapid development comes with a price. All this new construction is covering up an antiquated sewer system that is crumbling under our feet. There is an immediate need for an inter-governmental action plan to replace Philadelphia's sewer infrastructure.
As president of the Pennsport Civic Association in South Philadelphia, I have heard from numerous residents about repeat floods. The construction of the new sports stadiums and Lowe's and Ikea shopping centers has over-burdened Pennsport's sewer and run-off water systems. Even minor rain results in flooded basements and homes. Worse, the flood water is a noxious, bacteria-ridden and unhealthy stew of rain water and raw sewage.