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Neighborhoods and Community: How tax policy can be the glue.

Three Cheers for Clairton
UrbanTools' parent, the Center for the Study of Economics is happy to make the theoretical, as well as the empirical case that land value tax helps communities directly to rebound and recohere.
 
In the  American Journal of Economics and Sociology (Volume 71, Issue 4, October 2012)  CSE's Executive Director, Joshua Vincent, demonstrates how, through the adoption of a land-value-taxation in Clairton, Pennsylvania, neighborhood revitalization was realized. Owner-occupied residences and multi-family units saw a relief in their tax burden. Vacant properties' contribution to the city budget tripled providing the resources to pay for the education of Clairton's children. Working and middle-class families were liberated from the bonds of labor and capital taxation.
 
 
As many US Cities rebuild,  a land-value-tax system has been shown to be the way forward.

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Mark Koerner on Friday, December 21, 2012 11:11 AM
Josh-- The Clairton story is a very big thing for supporters of LVT--as big a thing that has occurred in recent memory. I look forward to additional stories about the city's economic revival. But just because the new tax system can help Clairton doesn't mean that it can cure Clairton. That city may (underline "may") face long-term structural changes that can't be reversed, even with the best policies in place. There is also the human element: potentially, a corrupt local government could effectively cancel-out anything good that happens there. In any case, keep us posted about any new developments.
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