Take pride, Philly

The upcoming attention to the city should be embraced.

In the coming months, as many prominent events will be hosted throughout the city, we, as the Temple community, should remain prideful and positive about our role in the city of Philadelphia.

While the upcoming papal visit brings uncertainty to many Philadelphians—how accessible public transportation will be, what to do in cases of medical emergency and dealing with an excess of crowds in the city—there are many upsides.

Philly.com reported that more than 700,000 people from across the world have registered for the Saturday the 26th Festival of Families and the city is expecting at least one million people to attend the Sunday the 27th Papal mass.

Philadelphia is the first American city to be chosen to host the World Meeting of Families and should welcome great economic and tourist attention to our city, as well as great cultural diversity.

In October, the Dalai Lama will visit to receive his Liberty Medal and come to Main Campus at the Liacouras Center for a forum on “Finding Happiness in Troubled Times: Educating the Heart in the 21st Century.”

In July of 2016, Philadelphia will host the Democratic National Convention, proving once again that we have become a city to celebrate as we host major political leaders.

It will be easy to feel like these events will make the day-to-day life for residents a little bit harder, but we ask that Philadelphians take pride in the fact that our city has become a real destination for religion, culture and politics.

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