DN Editorial: Celebrate city's modernity

Posted: August 22, 2012

MUCH AS WE count what's right with this city, we know there is plenty wrong, too: It is suspicious of new people and new ideas, its politics are calcified, and even when it's generally acknowledged that something needs fixing, it can take decades to overcome inertia and stubbornness to get it done.

That's why a public event on Wednesday with Mayor Nutter, Council President Darrell Clarke and Alan Greenberger, deputy mayor for economic development, will be more than a photo op. The event celebrates the city's new zoning code, rewritten for the first time in decades, which takes effect Wednesday.

Writing the new code, which will make the city's planning and development process more consistent and thoughtful, was a public process, the result of hearings, community meetings and wider public meetings. It's worth showing up to help celebrate the first day of the rest of our life as an actual modern city.

10:30 a.m. at The Granary, 1901 Callowhill St.

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