From the Editor's Desk: Stadiums in Philadelphia

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News reports from Philadelphia recently have indicated that the mayor there is more inclined to build new stadiums for the city's professional ball teams than put $60 million into an expansion/renovation of the Free Library. Apparently the director, Elliot Shelkrot, has made the mistake of lobbying the City Council, bypassing the mayor, for the capital funds. That may or may not be the wisest political move, depending on the situation, but it's not likely to stop the stadiums. It's only decent and proper these days to provide the team owners the proper venue to pile up their millions. And the population loves it: hey, didn't the Baltimore Ravens win the Super Bowl a couple of years after the state paid for a new stadium for them? And didn't the mayor of Baltimore get a lot of national television exposure as a result? Quad est demonstrandum (on the off-chance my Latin is correct). …