The Rittenhouse Review

A Philadelphia Journal of Politics, Finance, Ethics, and Culture

Monday, June 16, 2003  

But The Roads Are Dangerous As Hell
And I’m Betting the Mah Jongg is No Cakewalk Either

Pennsylvania may have only 11 high schools listed among the best public schools in the nation, but the city of Philadelphia itself has two entries in State Farm’s list of the ten most dangerous intersections in the country.

Actually, forget about the top ten, Philadelphia can claim two of the three most dangerous intersections, and, get this, they’re both on the same road.

Philadelphians will have no trouble guessing which road it is: None other than Roosevelt Blvd. in the city’s Northeast section, also known as the “Highway of Death,” where dangerous intersections abound for both drivers and pedestrians.

Specifically, State Farm ranks Roosevelt Blvd. and Red Lion Rd. as the second-most dangerous intersection in the U.S. and Roosevelt Blvd. and Grant Ave. as the third.

I would have thought Grant Ave. would be the more dangerous of the two, but I don’t spend much time in that part of the city.

I am, however, heading up there later this week to look into doing some volunteer work at the local Jewish Community Center. We’re examining the feasibility of creating a mid-day Mah Jongg group, with me running the project and teaching the seniors how to play. Now that could be truly dangerous.

[Post-publication addendum (June 18): The count of Pennsylvania schools in the first paragraph was upwardly revised to 11 from five after my initial error was brought to my attention.]

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