Mayor Nutter's decision Friday to release documents related to the Market Street building collapse, which left six people dead inside a Salvation Army thrift shop, is welcome. But it stops short of the full disclosure required to determine how public safety was compromised.
Responding to "numerous requests," including four Inquirer editorials, the Mayor's Office said in a statement that it was posting on its website Department of Licenses and Inspections files, Health Department records related to asbestos found at the site, and e-mails to and from certain city officials.
Nutter initially insisted that a grand jury investigation prevented him from releasing documents related to the June 5 collapse, despite assurances to the contrary by District Attorney Seth Williams' office. On Friday, Nutter still maintained that state law exempts some records from mandatory disclosure, but he said he had concluded that the public interest is better served by their release.