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  Four Philadelphia mayors & their political honeymoons
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MediaNewspaper - Philadelphia Inquirer
News DateThursday, February 14, 2008 02:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionPhiladelphia Daily News.

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"John Street, 2000-07
Good feelings: Soon after taking office, he appeared on "Oprah" and promised to make Philadelphia America's fittest city. Also cleared away 40,000 abandoned cars and plowed snow from small streets that Mayor Rendell had ignored.

Downturn: Plans to give his wife a high-paying city job generated a storm of criticism and forced Street to back down.

Final impression: Street left office with horrible approval ratings - only 26 percent of residents had a positive view of his tenure, according to a Daily News/Keystone poll last fall.

Ed Rendell, 1992-2000
Good feelings: Got down on his knees and helped clean City Hall when he took office. Always willing to cannonball into a city swimming pool. Brought the city back from the brink of financial ruin.

Downturn: Lewd comments to a Philly mag reporter, and a controversial invitation to Louis Farrakhan to speak at a rally, turned up the heat on Rendell.

Final impression: He got elected governor, didn't he?

W. Wilson Goode, 1984-92
Good feelings: The city's first African-American mayor, Goode rode into office on a wave of goodwill and hopes for success.

Downturn: Goode points to the attempt to move the Eagles out of Philadelphia at the end of his first year. After that, the MOVE bombing in 1985 left him permanently scarred.

Final impressions: Goode left the city in financial disarray at the end of his two terms, a legacy of tax increases and deep debt."
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