“The City has fully reviewed Ride the Ducks proposal for the Schuylkill River and does not feel that it meets the City’s standards for operations,” said Mayor Nutter. blah, blah, blah. if the ducks are safe then let them operate.
I find the Duck Boats very annoying.
While I find the Duck Boats annoying, how many people have they killed compared to Septa?
Annoying isn't the point...it stops being good for tourism when people die in them.
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For years I've heard the b.s. they put people through. They are always clipping cars yet keep going on south street. Customers of mine had to chase them down for hitting their car. The duck bus treated them like an a-hole and gave them a number to call, and would not wait around for the police. When they called the number the manager tried the 'prove it' game for awhile, and it took them 8 or 9 months to sort it out. I've heard this happen so many times and have pictures of so many close calls.
I think this was a masterful case of diversion. Similar to how the developers "ignore the residents" to get them united so they can "tell" the developer what they will be willing to pay through the nose for. THe developer basically gets to appear to "give in" to demands when the end up with exactly what they wanted.
So they made this like "scare thing" to get everyone to basically say "oh you going back to the Delaware...thank god"
Now imagine they just tried to restart service on the Delaware. It wouldn't be a "relief"
COngrats people who complained. Seems you did your job for the DUcks.
I'm not seeing all these supposed bikes in all these million dollar bike lanes.
Whatever, as long as the Duck Boats operate, they'll be in OC. I don't actually mind it that much. At least they WON'T be on the SRT, where i would have minded it much more.
There was a very noticeable drop in the tourist trade on south Street this past summer, maybe in part due to the bad press after the flash mob, but I'd suggest it may have been more to do with the duck boats not coming by.
HAHAHA! That's the example you bring up? A wheelchair out in the middle of the street, and he got hit before for doing the same thing?
How many tens of thousands of times has a 47 bus done that route without incident? I ride the 47 and adjacent 57, and the drivers are always nice, courteous, and have never done anything to cause me concern.
The Duck Boats are crass, cheap, loud and obnoxious ... perfect for Old City. Fits right in with the sleeze found on weekends on Market Street. Note that everyone in the Schuylkill River proposal agreed that the Parkway was no place for something as low life as the duck boats. Duck boast didn't "fit in" (only all of the homeless sleeping on the Parwas fits in ... I guess that they didn't want to wake them up with all of the quacking). So, of course, it's right back to Old City, where something like that belongs ... especially if South Street is a part of their route. But hey, everything for the tourist, right? After all, what would Philadelphia be like without all those great duck boat jobs? And, does anyone acutally buy anything on South Street? I thought it was just people milling around and standing in line for cheesesteakes.
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