Mayor Michael Nutter and other officials discussed the conclusion of the papal visit on Monday. Here are 10 takeaways from the briefing:
1. Nutter's evaluation of the weekend: The mayor said "it was a tremendous honor for all of us to serve as hosts" of the event. He said the papal pilgrims experienced "Philadelphia at its best" and hoped there is now "a greater sense of peace and kindess" after Pope Francis' messages from the weekend.
2. Very few pope-related arrests: The police department made just three arrests related to papal events, Nutter said. Those incidents involved a DUI, a probation violation, and trying to bring illegal drugs through a security checkpoint.
3. Lots of people rode Indego: The bike-share system shattered its one-day record for trips on Sunday, with 5,300. (For comparison, Indego typically records about 6,000 total trips over a Friday-to-Sunday period.)
4. SEPTA ridership: About 28,000 people rode SEPTA Regional Rail trains on Saturday, with about 34,000 passengers on Sunday. The Broad Street Line was busier, with about 40,000 people riding the line to AT&T Station after the papal Mass alone.
5. Biggest security event ever: The Secret Service says the papal visit was the largest of the 51 events that have been designated as National Special Security Events.
6. How many people came?: The city doesn't have an attendance number yet, Nutter said. But he called the event a success, regardless of what the number is, citing the "spectacular" Mass on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the pope's well-received speech at Independence Mall, his inspiring visit to inmates, and the festive mood and safe environment throughout the weekend. "It wasn't about how many people were going to come," the mayor said.
7. Economic impact not known: The mayor said the economic impact of the weekend isn't yet known. Responding to complaints from that businesses, particularly restaurants, lost money over the weekend, Nutter said the papal visit was billed as huge event for the city, but not necessarily a huge moneymaker. He noted that the pilgrims "had to eat somewhere."
8. Security measures will be reviewed: Nutter said the security measures are one of many topics that officials will review and discuss in the coming days and weeks. He said a couple checkpoints seemed to experience particularly heavy crowds, but the "Secret Service was doing everything they could to move people along."
9. Nutter bashes the media: Nutter had some critical words for how information about the papal events was reported: "You all scared the s*** out of people" with some stories, he said. (Later in the briefing, the mayor apologized for that remark.) He also called some of the reporting "detrimental" to the mind-set of Philadelphians about the event. The mayor said the job of his administration is just to give out information, but acknowledged that "we can always do a better job."
10. A final item on the to-do list: At least one more papal task remains for the city -- getting the chair built by inmates at the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility to Pope Francis in Rome. Nutter said the city still has to figure out how to get it to the Vatican, but the pontiff "was particularly impressed with the chair" and "really applauded the inmates for their work and their craftsmanship."