Therefore, it is essentially against the law to end poverty in Philadelphia. The major owners of the city's land and money forbid profound change that weakens their grip, even though Philadelphia has the nation's highest rates of deep poverty and incarceration; plus 200,000 unemployed, 135,000 uninsured, 250,000 "food insecure" with 60,000 chronically hungry children; even though life expectancy in North Philly is 20 years less than in Queen Village.
Meanwhile, neighborhood land trusts could stabilize housing prices and expand ownership. But the government protects land speculators waiting to cash in with condos and strip malls.
Many thousands more
of us could be employed to produce fresh food year-round in thousands
of greenhouses and hundreds of orchards, were the
Authority and Philadelphia Land Bank focused primarily on feeding local
rather than developers.
Further, dozens of neighborhood free clinics staffed by hundreds of doctors and dentists could serve health co-op members paying $150/year. But Pennsylvania insurance law protects corporate insurance monopolies.
Best of all, new neighborhood schools could make education exciting again by teaching students how to become powerful community managers and creators of jobs, as well as active co-op members, rather than obedient drones. But dull curriculums ensure that few can even imagine a better system.
Broader trust in police can be restored with a Police
Sooner or later, though, the supreme laws of human need will assert balance. For better or worse, one of two things will happen. To survive, the poor would get tired of killing one another and would take what they need from Center City. Eventually there would not be enough police to prevent upheaval. As JFK said, "those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable." This is not a threat, just history.
Protesters in front of City Hall at #BlackLivesMatter protest Philly 2015
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By contrast, City Council could change current laws to prioritize economic justice. This benefits everyone. Philly's middle class will stabilize by joining forces with the traditionally poor, to rebuild society toward balance with nature. This would employ the next ten generations of construction workers, engineers, and the rest of us.