When you think of Philadelphia, what springs into your head? The erudite city of brotherly love that hosted the Second Constitutional Congress in 1775? Images of Thomas Jefferson and John Adams staying up all night composing draft after draft of the document that would become the Declaration of Independence? Benjamin Franklin, the man who invented the public library?
I don't know about you, but when I think of Philly, it's pretty much all Rocky Balboa, cheesesteaks and Eagles fans booing Santa Claus.
So how can Philadelphia rehabilitate its image? I know one way NOT to: allowing all its libraries to shut down.
The Free Library of Philadelphia has posted notices at its branches and on its web site advising users that all libraries will close at the end of business on Oct. 2 if the state Legislature does not act on the city's budget request.
Hey Philadelphia, Franklin also conducted extensive research on electricity. Are you guys gonna turn that off too?