After getting annoyed with all sorts of bashing in the media as a result of the tragic crime that occurred, this past week several of us from RE/MAX Access decided to make it a point to go PYT for lunch to show our support. Tommy Up, the owner of PYT, is a friend and fellow business owner who has been a part of the Piazza from its early days and thus a key catalyst to its success.
Like anything else, there are always growing pains. The NLNA has scheduled a meeting next week with Tower Investments, local politicians, the DA's office and PYT to discuss the potential of having greater security at the Piazza. The monthly NLNA meeting is a week after where neighbors can add more input. I know in my heart that Northern Liberties will bounce back from the recent tragedy stronger than ever. Along the way, there will be plenty of opportunistic bashing. For example, Philadelphia Magazine has already published an article worthy of a shredder:
The article is an insult to every person who contributes in a meaningful way to make our City better and I would challenge the author herself to be proactive and make a difference instead of writing baseless articles. I shared my thoughts on Philly Mags Facebook Page but a comment on Philadelphia Speaks from Adam Lang might say it best:
Instead of being titled "The Piazza at Schmidt’s Is What’s Wrong With Philadelphia", they should have named it "This Column is What's Wrong with Philly Mag".
I will continue to show my support to PYT, the Piazza, Northern Liberties and Philadelphia daily. Myself and the Northern Liberties Business Owners Association has also set up a happy hour at PYT on 6/22 from 5 to 7. Come on out and join us and let's talk about those ways to make our City better. Maybe Philly Mag will show up as well for an education on all the things that makes our City great.