July 24, 2009
HOW IS IT that ex-Mayor John Street was persecuted, ridiculed, character-assassinated and denigrated by the media's witch-hunt, and still to this day is clean of all false accusations? But Vince Fumo, on the other hand, found guilty of stealing taxpayer money, is given compassion, felt sorry for, accumulates massive supportive letters and is handed a sweetheart deal by Judge Buckwalter and the public. Isn't that a major contradiction? The public, including the media, should be forever on their knees praying and apologizing for the hate they wrongly directed at John Street!
March 1, 2001 |
John Street was walking to his car when the limo eased to a stop beside him. George Bush stepped out and greeted him warmly. The newly elected mayor had met the then-Republican presidential candidate's flight into Northeast Airport. Street saw it as a mere formality in his role as host of the Republican Convention. Street was working hard to crush Bush in Philadelphia, costing him any chance of winning Pennsylvania's electors. Bush knew that. But he also knew that Street could be as important as an ally as he had been as an opponent.
October 24, 2003
FOUR YEARS AGO, the Daily News endorsed Sam Katz over John Street in the race for mayor because we believed Katz had a pro-growth vision for Philadelphia that was compelling. Katz still has that vision. But in the few years that he has been mayor, John Street has amassed a record of achievement in Philadelphia neighborhoods and in the lives of residents that is impressive, even inspiring. Given that record, it is the Daily News' judgment that John Street deserves to be re-elected on Election Day, Nov. 4. He has this paper's enthusiastic endorsement.
June 14, 2013
I'M CHILLING with John Street at Darling's Diner, talking biking while dining. Turns out the Piazza at Schmidt's hipster haven is a favorite hang of the once-prickly ex-mayor. One of us is saying, "99 percent [of bicyclists] feel no obligation to obey the law" - and it's not me. It's Street, who loves bicycles, rides about 1,000 miles a year, but dismisses bike lanes and admits most bikers are lawbreakers - including himself. Does he obey the law? "No. I follow none. Zero. " He started biking in 1968.
January 7, 2008
Today, John Street rises from his bed as Philadelphia mayor. Tonight, he sleeps unelected - for the first time since 1979, when BlackBerrys and iPhones were still years out of his reach. What will be toughest for Street as he gives up the throne and returns to private life? No more ribbon-cutting invites? No more frequent opportunities to remind people to drink their water? No more microphones shoved at him for him to announce that he's having a great day? Well, nothing that specific, says Carl Singley, former mentor and current antagonist of the outgoing mayor and ex-City Council president.
September 12, 2003
IF JOHN STREET wins re-election it will, in large part, be in spite of his campaign team. Has there ever been a candidate as ill-served by his staff as Street has been by the Frank Keel/Mark Nevins/Dan Fee triple threat? For some reason, these guys can't help becoming the story and obscuring the mayor's message: First it was Keel with his wife's less-than-truthful letters to the editor. Then it was Nevins who had to take responsibility for Street getting warm and huggy with a drug felon during a photo-op.
May 7, 1999
According to the polls, many of you are still undecided about who to vote for in next week's mayoral primary election. We don't blame you. Given where Philadelphia has been and what is at stake, this will be one of the most import votes city residents will ever make. But after heavy consideration, we have five words of advice for you: John Street. Vote for him. We don't say that easily, but we say it with the total conviction that of the five candidates running in the Democratic primary for mayor, John Street is the most qualified to lead this city.
July 28, 2011 |
First Milton, now John: Mayor Nutter is officially Street-free. Being Philadelphia's mayor was a "thrilling experience," John F. Street told The Inquirer in an e-mail Wednesday. But it's not one he wants to repeat. For now. "I decline to run, not because I feel too old or lack the energy," said the two-term mayor, 67, who in April switched his registration from Democratic to independent. Street then taunted Nutter by hinting that he might challenge him in November's general election, or run for City Council.
April 27, 1999 |
At one time, The Inquirer Editorial Board tried to referee local political campaigns by calling football-style penalties. A low blow in an attack ad might earn the perpetrator 15 yards and a loss of down for what we might term an "illegal chuck. " The system never really worked - we couldn't actually impose a penalty - but I found myself wondering what kind of call we would have made on Marty Weinberg's current "shove ad" showing John Street pushing TV reporters out of his office in 1981.
May 19, 1999
Now the real hard work for John Street can begin. Following last night's "Thrilla in Phila. " victory, Street will likely take some time off. A campaign such as the one Street waged - focused, issue-driven, nonstop - would grind most people into a fine powder. But once back, Street will have some heavy-duty wooing to do. As the unofficial election returns indicate, a sizable number of Philadelphians did not find Street a convincing replacement for Mayor Rendell. If he hopes to defeat Republican candidate Sam Katz come November's general election, Street will have to win over white voters who preferred Marty Weinberg, black voters more comfortable with John White and voters who couldn't get past some legitimate concerns over Street's personal finances and stewardship of the 5th District.