The City of Philadelphia has had issues with moving into the new century in many ways, but city leaders have been proactive in creating a Philadelphia Master Plan called Philadelphia 2035 to replace the outdated and shredded plans dating from 1960 expanding on Edmund Bacon's ambitious vision.
The new plan is a complex one, with visioning of a green and livable city, right-sized for the future, and also with an eye to economics. Taking cues from the Tax Reform Commission's work in the early 2000s, UrbanTools is pleased to see land value taxation included as a tool to help the vision of a thriving, balanced and fair city for all. UrbanTools has been educating the government and citizens of Philadelphia on the need for a tax system that rewards risk, achievement, and community. This is an important next step in that process.