City Studies: Philadelphia: No Brotherly Love for Entrepreneurs
No Brotherly Love for Entrepreneurs
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The city of Philadelphia is governed by the ordinary things one finds in American cities: a mayor, a city council, various bureaucracies. But it is also governed by something else: the word "no." At nearly every level, Philadelphia’s city government and related bureaucracies operate with a one-word vocabulary; whatever the question is, the answer is "No." In field after field after field—from zoning to permitting to occupational licensing—would-be entrepreneurs hear that answer time and again.
|“As things stand, the mission of the city’s various offices and bureaucracies appears to be to stymie the creation of new businesses wherever possible.”|
But as anyone who has ever spent time around a toddler can attest, a one-word vocabulary quickly wears thin—and in this (as in many things) what is tolerable in a toddler makes for terrible public policy. Saying nothing but "no" eventually yields exactly what one would expect: nothing.
And nothing, unfortunately, is what Philadelphia has to look forward to unless it begins to reshape its approach to entrepreneurship. Read More...
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