Myron Berman may be about to realize a decades-long dream of putting a giant wall wrap on the office building he owns on North Seventh Street, just north of Callowhill Street.
Council has passed a bill letting Berman erect a seven-story high, illuminated billboard across the southern face of his building. The bill is on Mayor Nutter’s desk.
It’s a sweet deal for Berman and for a few select schools. As part of the deal to let him put up the billboard — in violation of city, state and federal law — Berman has promised to donate a share of the profits to the home and school associations of three nearby elementary schools. News reports say the deal could amount to $125,000 per school each year. (I seriously doubt it, but that’s what the papers say.)
Can anyone think of any reason why we shouldn’t all support this win-win situation for our cash-strapped schools?
I can think of five reasons.
(read reasons at: Trawling for Cash – Metropolis)