Expect more jabs from Councilman Green who will probably be running the circuit at other library closing hearings. It is a clear attempt to start a populist drumbeat to pressure the administration to cut these positions.
In the meantime you can communicate with Councilman Green via Hallwatch.org that:
- Scrapping the Pedestrian and Bicycle Coordinator and the Office of Sustainability will not reopen libraries or fire stations.
- 37 Pedestrians and bicyclists died in Philadelphia 2007 and thousands were injured in vehicular crashes and there is no plan in place to reduce that number.
- Both positions offer the opportunity go after federal and state dollars that bring construction jobs into the city.
- Trails, green streets and an attitude towards a more sustainable future are important amenities to attract residents and "green collar" jobs in a globally competitive market.