Goode's Intentions

After more than a decade of turbulence and decay, Philadelphia was basking in a revival under Mayor Wilson Goode. A year into his first term, Goode had persuaded his city's football team to remain in town, got the city council to go ahead with cable television, and worked wonders with both sides in what had threatened to become a drawn-out transit crisis. As a politician, he received national attention for supporting Walter Mondale over Jesse Jackson in the 1984 Democratic presidential race, and Mondale interviewed him as a prospective vice-presidential candidate. Goode was perceived as perhaps the most promising black politician...

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