UPDATE at 12:33 p.m. on Oct. 23, 2018
By the end of the year, Temple University officials will likely approach the Eagles to negotiate a contract for the football team to continue playing at Lincoln Financial Field.
Plans for an on-campus stadium have been delayed due to the university’s lack of relationship with community residents. City Council President Darrell Clarke went even further to say “there’s not a relationship at all” between North Philadelphia and the university.
We recognize that the university provides for North Philadelphia residents, it’s the largest employer in several surrounding ZIP codes. There are many little-known projects we’ll never hear about that are run by Temple community members and making a huge impact.
However, officials failed time and time again to address residents’ complaints about trash and noise. For years, these issues plagued Temple’s relationship with residents who live near Main Campus.
We hope the university and Clarke move quickly to create a special services district near Main Campus to address these continuous problems that affect the quality of life for community residents. And as Vice President for Public Affairs Bill Bergman said, the university should do this whether there’s an on-campus stadium or not.
The Editorial Board hopes that Temple uses a special services district to reintroduce itself to North Philadelphia and uses this time to rewrite itself as an institution that’s here to both engage and uplift the community in whatever ways residents request. Forget the stadium, and get back to the basics of our mission.
Editor’s Note: Managing Editor Kelly Brennan, who was the reporter on today’s stadium story, played no part in the writing or editing of this editorial, nor is her opinion represented in it.