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Zachstalberg Now The Next Mayor's got a blog.

The project, from The Daily News, WHYY and The Committee of 70, launched last week with a reference to Alan Shephard's famous remarks atop a Redstone booster rocket, "Come on! Let's Light This Candle," and a declaration of noble designs:

"As  a city we can finally come together and demand the type of high-minded, issues-based, responsive and idealistic campaign that befits the place where the phrases, "We hold these truths to be self-evident" and "We the people" were born. Am I being too naive? Possibly. Is it worth trying Definitely."

So the next post references Gordon Wood, which might be raising the bar a little high, since it's about how few college grads Philly has compared to other cities, and Prof. Gordon Wood we cineasts know from that great riff in Good Will Hunting, when the self-taught genius Matt Damon character delivers the greatest-put down to a pseudo-intellectual I've ever heard. (Second place: Go to this review of Five Easy Pieces and search for 'celibate.')

And third, getting right into the spirit of things, The Next Mayor blog pumps up the growing noise from Cong. Bob Brady's corner, as the local Democratic party chair wonders if his best response to the power plays of electrician's union overhead light John Dougherty might be just going ahead and running for mayor himself. The site links a Zach's Corner moment from WHYY, in which the former Daily News editor says of Brady: "He walks like a Philly guy and talks like a Philly guy and eats like a Philly guy." Which is good for the cheesesteak industry, at least. Maybe not the most issues-intensive race, though, Zack notes.


Did you see how PhillyCarShare just won a Pa. Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence? Philly CarShare  is the 4-year-old program that lets you rent a ride by the hour or day. The 40-vehicle fleet includes Priuses, Scions, pick-ups and, now, Mini Coopers, VW Beetle convertibles and a couple of Beemers. The official blurb from Gov. Rendell's office:

PhillyCarShare is the first system worldwide in which government employees and local residents share vehicles by the hour in a major car-reduction effort. The project has replaced 330 municipal vehicles, saving the city $2 million annually, and residential members have sold or avoided the purchase of roughly 1,200 vehicles and saved about $5.5 million annually versus car ownership.

The Inquirer's Akweli Parker profiled the program on Wednesday, which later that day announced the statewide award. Talk about clout.