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.