With our cars safely parked and no festival tickets in hand, we had no intention of joining the teeming mob around Pope Francis this weekend. But, hey: After staring out at the half-empty South Philly streets on Saturday (“Just look at those empty parking spots!”), we couldn’t sit home any longer.
IS ANYONE OUT THERE?
So at 4 pm, we headed up eerily traffic-free Broad Street, past the National Guardsmen, souvenir hawkers, concrete barriers, and (even more) blocks of port-a-potties, until we reached the Jumbotrons heralding the Pope’s visit to Independence Hall…
(A crowd gathers at Broad and Lombard Streets with City Hall in the background
to watch the Pope arrive at Independence Hall.) Continue reading