Tom Ferrick Jr. is a former Inquirer columnist. He now writes for the Next Mayor project.
A Philadelphia native, Ferrick spent decades as a reporter, specializing in government, politics and other human foibles.
At public forums, affection for Phila.'s neighborhoods, great buildings, and sense of place is palpable.
It has come as a revelation to me how much Philadelphians love Philadelphia. I know that is a startling assertion, given our reputation for relentless negativity, so I want to parse this carefully.