Saturday, March 28, 2015

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

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.

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

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

Cast your vote now.

Privately funded improvement districts for Philly neighborhoods like north Chinatown and Temple?
Yes, build on the great successes of the Center City District
No, city should keep streets clean and promote development
Yes, only way to jump-start improvements, given city budget
No, with the economy, property owners can’t afford special assessments
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