Poll: Self-help or letting the city cop-out?

John Chin of a Chinatown agency has doubts about district idea.

The fight to create a neighborhood-improvement district similar to the one that for two decades has aided Center City's development is playing out in the Callowhill area, and Temple University neighbors might find themselves having the same debate as a means of dealing with problems from an influx of student housing.

These districts, though, require property owners to pay a special assessment on top of their real estate taxes. For many areas, it proves to be a wise investment - and the only way to augment city services that can be frayed by budget constraints.

Where do you stand on this issue?


Privately funded improvement districts for Philly neighborhoods like north Chinatown and Temple?

Cast your vote now.