PENNSYLVANIA: Philadelphia Pained

Although students of municipal government have long agreed that Philadelphia is afflicted with political dry rot, that its water supply and fire protection are decrepit ("Filtered filth!" the late Mayor S. Davis Wilson said of Philadelphia water), few Philadelphia politicians have ever admitted that anything is wrong with their fair city. But last week Philadelphia's bumbling mayor, Robert E. Lamberton, was forced to sit through two detailed and heavily documented indictments of Philadelphia as a place to live.

At a luncheon of the National Conference on Planning, he sat red-faced through a speech by Architect Walter H. Thomas, who...

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