Philadelphia is America’s birthplace. It also happens to be one of the oldest cities in the country. Accordingly, much of our infrastructure – roads, highways, bridges, tunnels, gas lines and sewer systems – are antiquated and in poor condition. We cannot continue to kick the can down the road on this important issue. The city alone does not have the resources to adequately repair and modernize our deteriorating infrastructure. We need to work more closely and collaboratively with our state and federal elected officials to capitalize on available infrastructure improvement dollars.
If need be, we must also consider floating municipal bonds to raise capital to accelerate the repair of our most imminently dangerous infrastructure elements. And speaking of imminently dangerous, the city’s Department of Licenses & Inspections has done a lousy job over the past eight years. If elected to City Council, I will work towards a complete overhaul of L & I – including replacing the current Commissioner – and make this important public safety agency a more responsive, transparent and effective operation. No one in Philadelphia should ever again have to die in a building collapse because of the incompetence of a city agency.