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James Quinn is a senior director of strategic planning for a major university. James has held financial positions with a retailer, homebuilder and university in his 25-year career. Those positions included treasurer, controller, and head of strategic planning. He is married with three boys and... More
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  • UPDATE FROM THE 30 BLOCKS OF SQUALOR 0 comments
    Apr 11, 2013 12:14 PM

    I haven't provided a 30 Blocks of Squalor update in quite a while. I generally don't like to repeat myself, so I wait until I see something particularly disturbing, stupid, or outrageous. The well is now filled on all accounts and I'm ready to unload. The joys of West Philly are multi-faceted. I've been getting off at the Girard Avenue exit of the Schulkill Expressway for six years on my way to work.

    The Philadelphia Zoo parking lots are located directly in front of the exit ramp. I then proceed to 34th street and take my little shortcut through the hood. About one year ago, a construction project began on the existing parking lot at 35th and Girard Avenue. I had no idea what they were building and why. Before long it became evident they were building a big ass parking garage. I was stumped. The zoo had multiple existing parking lots that were NEVER filled. As the months went on I realized they were building the Shangri La of parking garages with a majestic glass tower in front. This is the final result.

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    I began to wonder who came up with the money for this monstrosity, because the Phila zoo is a money losing non-profit that depends on donations for its continued existence. As I was driving down 36th Street a couple weeks ago I noticed a brand new sign telling me I was entering the Centennial District. That's funny because I thought I was entering the slums of West Philly where no one works and everyone has a iPhone.

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