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Urban Tools director casts eye to transit funding in Pittsburgh


Dr.Herbert Barry III, serves the community in many ways, not least of which is his position as a senior director of our parent organization, theCenter for the Study of Economics.  





Dr. Barry recently published abrief essayin the "Pittsburgh Post-Gazette" in support of collecting economic rent in an efficient and just way:

Maximize Value
 
   Articles by Jon Schmitz in the Post-Gazette on June 20 and 21 described a bus rapid transit line in Cleveland. The stories suggest that building a similar line between Downtown and the Hill District and Uptown would generate extra tax revenues for Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, and the School District.

University of Connecticut chooses downtown Hartford, may boost what once was blight.

The Hartford Couranttoday editorializesin support of the University of Connecticut establishing new headquarters in downtown. The former Hartford Times office, still gleams through the grime and decades of neglect.













The Times of Hartford: Then and Now

Is this good news? Nearly unquestionably.  Existing businesses will see more foot traffic and more dollars spent in their stores. The residential sector will undoubtedly get a boost, as workers, faculty and students populate the southern end of a fairly empty downtown.

A Surprise From Rhode Island: Daring to Change Taxes to Help Everybody

HOPE

Rhode Island is a small place of many charms. Its history is stirring, its connection to the oceans enriching, and the culture is a wonderful mix of Portuguese, French Canadian, Asian, and other cultures – and cuisines – that make Little Rhody a delight to visit.
Living and working there is not so easy though.  Population isin long-term declineand business is contracting.  The ironically named“Superman Building” has lost its last tenantand the crown jewel of Providence’s skyline will be a looming reminder everyday that something has to be done, but what?

LVT moving through CT?

Our team was on the move this week throughout the State of CT. The Municipal Tax Authority Working Group Meeting of April 2, 2013 provides a glimpse of the work CSE is involved in at this time Video of the meeting

Land Value Tax: The 2013 Rates are in!



















Three Cheers for Pennsylvania Land Value Tax Cities


Because UrbanTools is in Pennsylvania, it should be no surprise that land value tax is most prevalent in the Keystone state. We work all over the country in the world, but Pennsylvania is still "home."  We've been proud to work with these communities, and are grateful that the outcomes have had positive effects and have helped people through hard economic times.

The Oregon Trail...To land value taxation
















The expansion of land value tax from its bases in Pennsylvania cities and jurisdictions all over Australia and New Zealand, may have just taken a strong step forward in the state of Oregon, where LVT advocates have been studying the legalities and thepractical administrative steps to implementationof the past decade.  

The Salem Statesman Journal published acomprehensive policy pieceby Kris Nelson ofCommon Ground OR/WAandTom Girhing . The op-ed provides solid theoretical underpinnings and empirical reality to make the case that Oregon cities, and indeed the whole Northwest have to join their Red State brethren and find ways to reduce traditional property taxes on labor and investment as well as pull back on taxation of wages.

2013 legislative update: Land Value Tax Legislation Introduced in Connecticut

Connecticut's 2013 General Assembly meets for a six month session in January.  Odd-numbered years generally concentrate on local laws and statutes for municipalities and relations with the state government in the so-called "long sessions." 






This month, several bills have been introduced to permit municipalitiesflexibilityin how and what they tax, as wellas specific language permitting a municipality to enact land value tax.  The sponsors are led by the New Haven Connecticut legislative delegation.

You're so respectable: two stories about terrible land use in Philadelphia


Story One - Take a Peep at This

Our perceptive friends atKeystone Politics, haveposted an observationabout the latest embarrassment on the Philadelphia land-use front.  Long story short, for years a patch of Market Street has been infested (literally and figuratively) by some low-rise, low-rent, low class buildings housing one of the few porno "palaces" left in Philadelphia.  The anchor of the Keystone post isan article in the Philadelphia Inquirer by the redoubtable

A year-end gift of land value tax and good management: stable revenues


Council member Keith Bromley marked the difficulty of the achievement by highlighting the trouble so many other cities run into trying to pass a balanced budget, saying,"You look at other communities. They haven't been able to do this. It's a significant thing for us." December 2012




Since 1991, the city of Titusville Pennsylvania, the city of the third class in the northwest corner of the state has used land value tax as its primary source of municipal revenue.  So far, through two recessions and a general innervation of the Northeast states, Titusville has achieved what some might think is boring, but any municipal government would love: stable revenues with no need for tax increases.

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.

Mission Creep: the tax-exempt sector threatens to engulf older cities

The November 2012 Governing magazine edition provided a very rough overview of the extent of nontaxable real property in major American cities.
 
What properties are most often exempt? Generally property owned by charitable organizations (Code section 501(c)(3)), Public charities, Private foundations, Social welfare organizations (section 501(c)(4)), Agricultural/horticultural organizations (section 501(c)(5)), Labororganizations (section 501(c)(5)) and Business leagues (trade associations

Namibia's land value tax: a powerful voice speaks out and says "more."

In the US, the 2012 election season has made us here in the states even a bit more isolated from the ideas and events that shape our neighbors across borders. With our quadrennial angst ending soon, it's time to check out what our brothers and sisters are doing.
 
UrbanTools has been reporting on the evolution of land value taxation in Namibia sinceindependence in 1990.
 
Alexactus Kaure:
the conscience of Namibia's land value tax
 
 
As we wrotelast July:
In Namibia today, land value taxation is specifically used to accomplish two things:

New Jersey's Night: Rebuilding the community by opening the Community Chest



















Darkness in Moonachie, NJ

As this piece is being written, millions of citizens in the Northeast are without power, 
gasoline, water or even food.  The nightmare that was Hurricane Sandy has blown apart communities and broken hearts. 

The first order of business is of course tooffer reliefandcomfortfor our fellow citizens and neighbors. The second step is to rebuild people's homes and lives as much as possible. New Jersey can serve as an example of how markets can be used to strengthen the recovery effort, and not just for a lucky few.

How to waste money in an age of none: Edifice Complexes














Once Convention, Two Convention, Three Convention, Floor
Albuquerque, Lancaster, Charlotte

When it comes to urban redevelopment issues, nothing sticks like a truism that is no longer true.  Government as real estate tycoon comes to mind.

Since the late 1960s, any city worth its salt and a modicum of other people's money (yes, yours), knows that they are simply one project away from turning the supertanker around and avoiding the rocks.

It used to be government buildings: they would "turn around" the city of Albany New York, and also to satisfy Nelson Rockefeller's

The Planning Paradox: Eds and Meds, Municipal Revenues and Power






















Spreading Like Kudzu


Historic reality: in 1950, Cleveland Ohio had a population ofnearly 1,000,000.  It had a tax base that was compact and served all sectors of the city well.  Great fortunes were made, along with the success of the working and middle classes. From the 1900s to the 1950s,great civic amenitiesbecame possible with this wealth.  John Rockefeller was only the largest source of foundations and gifts that made Cleveland not only a gritty industrial hub, but a place where one could become a more educated, cultured and involved citizen.

Philadelphia Developer Treads on an Empire of Dirt, Part Deux



The Point Breeze Garbage Lot/Museum is still a live story that may end up biting someone.  The City Controllerhas rebuked the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority for treating a good citizen likedirt, as we reported a few days ago.

Now, the builder-  Ori Feibush - has respondet as the PRA has wished (putting the trash back and removing the amenities) but by starting his ownweb site as a platformfor the coming battle.  Even the hacker ANONYMOUS is getting into the actas Jon Geeting reports.

An enemy of the state? Philadelphia developer treads on an Empire of Dirt

The Name of the Place Is I Like it Like That: 20th and Annin Streets, Point Breeze

There's neighborhood in Philadelphia called Point Breeze.  By any measure, it’s been abandoned and abused by the economy, government and the larger community for decades.  The neighborhood itself is essentially no longer owned by the people that live there. 





























Point Breeze: Overwhelmed by absentee owners

It's not surprising that residents who are left see how fragile things are, and can't be blamed for being suspicious of change.

Regional tax base sharing and the subject of wealth disparity in Berkshire County Massachusetts

Remember tax base sharing?













South Berkshires                                                 North Berkshires

Popularized byMyron Orfieldand others in the late 1990s, regionaltax base sharing(TBS) is one of those ideas that seem logical, fair, and efficient on the surface.  The idea is pretty simple: take an area likeBaltimore city and its surrounding suburbsand equalize the tax burden by allocating property tax revenues across municipal and county boundaries.

Monroe County New York: Tax breaks for me but not for thee

The Flatiron Building: Revitalized by investment, not abatement.

The city of Rochester New York and the County of Monroe have been facing challenges in keeping both commerce and population over past two decades. Nothing is really stopped capital and human flight. it's great essence,the Kodak Corporation, has been reduced to demolishing its buildings to save on taxes and ensuring cash flow byselling off its patents.

Like most troubled regions, tools for renewal follow fairly standard script: put together a redevelopment authority, receive land from corporations (who get a tax break), and offer