Rethinking Philadelphia: The dirty little secret on regional thinking

Rethinking Philadelphia: The dirty little secret on regional thinking

By SANDY SHEA, Daily News
OVER THE last decade, “regionalism” has been a mantra for many business and political leaders. Housing and policy consultant Karen Black has a smart analogy for why this mantra has not exactly led to nirvana – and, in the process, suggests a way we should align our expectations.

Related: City makes new friends — The new Metropolitan Caucus announced earlier this year brings together local elected officials from the five counties in Southeastern Pennsylvania (including Philadelphia) to focus on issues of common interest. 

PlanPhilly and the Daily News have collaborated to bring to you a special section of “Rethinking Philadelphia,” the Daily News’ ongoing series on the future of Philadelphia. The section is titled “Metropolitan Moment,” and is focused on how recent changes in energy consumption, development and government policy could make Philadelphia the place to be for growth in the coming years. The section looks ahead to the big ideas which will transform cities and urban living, and offers a look at what’s happening regionally to make Philadelphia more competitive. You’ll recognize the writing of many PlanPhilly reporters, and opinion pieces from the Daily News editorial staff. Special thanks to Sandra Shea of the Editorial Page of the Daily News for inviting PlanPhilly to contribute content.

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