But incompetent and corrupt politicians thrive with ambiguity and opacity and fear clarity and the loss of behind the scenes power that clarity entails.
Plus, most intellectually insecure politicians' astonishingly diminutive aesthetic sophistication is matched by their severely outsized cases of edifice complex. This is a very bad combination, particularly in a city with such a dominantly doltish political class. It often results in gigantic hideous boondoggles like Penn's Landing.
I am frankly shocked that Levy and Greenberger - and Joe Syrnick too - have managed to make as much progress as they have, given the headwind they face.
I really admire Greenberger as a matter of fact. I hope he manages to stick around after Nutter fades out. What's great about him, as far as I can tell, is that he is all about implementing a rational and self-perpetuating system, rather than being a transaction man and dealmaker. This is almost unheard of in this city. The problem with many people in his type of position is that they all want to be big dealmakers. They all get a big thrill out of that.
If they are good (like Bill Hankowsky generally was), it's OK while it lasts, but then you are back to square one once they leave (I dread what will happen to Center City District when Levy retires, as I don't think anyone remotely his equal has been groomed for a succession); if they are bad, as they usually are, you end up with giant hideous lumps of concrete for the next 60 years.
Perhaps this is most plainly evident in the legacy of the City's quintessential visionless deamaking body, the Redevelopment Authority, whose amazingly inept 60s and 70s blunders (not to mention its ongoing initiatives in futility) still blight huge areas of Center City. For most of the last 50 years, the economic development and planning apparatus of the city has been run by hack deal junkies with aesthetic awareness about as sophisticated as that of Donald Trump or Toll Brothers.