SIXERS NEW ARENA CAN WAIT FOR NEW MAYOR, RENDELL, STREET SAY!

By Peter Gleason

The Sixers proposed new arena at 11th and Market has stirred a lot of controversy.

The need for a boatload of public money for infrastructure is an issue that is undeniable.

Just as the proposed Philly stadium at Broad and Vine did 20-plus years ago.

Mayor Ed Rendell and John Street had to decide then and they agree today that the new arena should be decided by the new mayor in January 2024:

That approach comes to mind as we learn about the proposal by the owners of the 76ers to build an arena in the heart of Center City.

It is a bold plan — one that brings substantial risk — and therefore warrants further study.

With a new mayor, five new City Council members, and a new Council president in the coming year, this decision is best left to those who will be held responsible for it.

It would be inappropriate for the current administration — with 12 months remaining, and with serious issues like gun violence as a top priority — to render the final “yea” or “nay.”

The new mayor and new slate of Council members must own this, for they’ll be dealing with its impacts — should it move forward — over the ensuing years.

They will smile with the developers should there be a groundbreaking, and they will hear from angry residents if construction disrupts Center City or displaces any citizens.

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