Philadelphia Launches “E-Lanes” on April Fools Day

It’s not often a big city Mayor gets to spoof himself, his hometown and cities generally in such a sly and clever way.  Mayor Michael Nutter of Philadelphia and members of his administrative team star in a spoof video, launching “e-lanes” — pedestrian lanes for those reading, texting or otherwise utterly distracted by their smart phones while walking.  The video perfectly imitates all the conventional conceits of municipal news features and public service videos —  including irate protesters, oblivious onlookers, opinionated but ill-informed “man-in-the-street surveys and mediocre camera work — all with tongue firmly in cheek.  Kudos to the city and its leadership for having a sense of humor and sharing it with the world!