The task force’s work should require an earnest reckoning with the idea that Philadelphia has a preservation problem — or many. But naming that problem has proved challenging. In part that’s a natural function of its members coming at the question from different perspectives. As a result, the report ends up skating past the more difficult topics and resists the chance to dive deeply into statistics that could help illuminate the challenges at hand, such as identifying where demolition is most prevalent.
Instead, the report adopts a clinical tone, trying to steer clear of the landmines that so