Living with the city’s high homicide rate is tough enough for Philadelphians. But the Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association is worried that simply reading about it might be too much for out-of-towners, reports the city’s Inquirer. In a message to members this week, Hotel Association executive director Ed Grose urged hotels to think twice before providing guests with copies of November’s Philadelphia Magazine, whose cover story spotlights the city’s recent bloodletting.
Ordinarily, some 6,000 complimentary copies of the glossy monthly are distributed in local hotel rooms. But Grose’s message argued that the magazine made the city look unsafe for the visitors who flock to those rooms. He also slammed the magazine for not mentioning on its cover that homicides were concentrated in neighborhoods far from most hotels. (Only 3 of the 295 killings through the end of September took place in Center City.) Larry Platt, the magazine’s editor, said the coverage was anything but sensationalistic.