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Rose: Philadelphia Has Been My Town; A Lot of Good Will

July 5, 2013

clubHaving spent a day at the practice round at the Merion Golf Club during the days leading up to the U.S. Open’s final days, I was impressed to see that the Philadelphia area fared quite well in terms of its outlook from outsiders. Philadelphia, often known for its grittiness, did well before a national audience.

The Philadelphia Business Journal recently highlighted how the U.S. Open played nationally.

The Economy League of Greater Philadelphia and Urban Land Institute-Philadelphia recently rolled out their “World-Class Infrastructure GPS,” a visionary roadmap produced by civic, business and government leaders that charts a course towards a more economically vibrant and globally competitive future for our region.

As a panelist at this event, I was struck by its timing. Just one week earlier, Greater Philadelphia was already celebrating one of its world-class assets, playing host to one of the most significant championships in all of professional sports: the U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club – and right in our backyard.

Nobody thought Merion was capable of hosting a modern U.S. Open. Too short for today’s top golfers, said the skeptics, and too space-constrained for the number of fans that descend each year on golf’s biggest weekend.

But by all accounts, the tournament was an unmitigated success, both on and off the course.

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