Dept. Of Meaningless Lists: Philly Tops In Smog-Filled Public Transit Rides Away From Your Neighborhood Where There’s No Access To Food
Here, then, perhaps is an object lesson in the perils of making too much of listicles which mention our fair city (and these days, it seems like they all do): In the same week Philly got a nod as being one of the smarter public transit cities in the union, it also got named one of America’s top 10 toxic cities. Apparently, there are cases to be made for both: The Natural Resources Defense Council’s Smarter Cities blog gives props to Philly and SEPTA for prioritizing transit services in and out of “food deserts” — ‘hoods where the all you can get to eat is potato chips and cheesesteaks — while Forbes cites Philly’s Superfund sites and poor water quality. (Note: It’s pronounced “wooder,” and it’s delicious and loaded with fluoride.) Believe one, believe both, believe neither: You’re stuck here anyway.