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Philadelphia's culture boom strains under the costs of upkeep
When the idea first bubbled up more than two decades ago during the Rendell administration, a greatly broadened arts and culture sector was to be Philadelphia's savior. Hundreds of millions of dollars in public and private money was poured into expansions and new buildings, sometimes creating institutions from whole cloth. New audiences, economic development, and civic vitality would follow, planners said.