Dr. Barry recently published abrief essay
in the "Pittsburgh Post-Gazette" in support of collecting economic rent in an efficient and just way:
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.
The Hartford Couranttoday editorializes
in 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.
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.
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
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 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 implementation
of the past decade.
The Salem Statesman Journal published acomprehensive policy piece
by Kris Nelson ofCommon Ground OR/WA
. 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.
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."
Story One - Take a Peep at This
Our perceptive friends atKeystone Politics
, haveposted an observation
about 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
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.
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.
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
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.
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:
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
for 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.
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
Spreading Like Kudzu
Historic reality: in 1950, Cleveland Ohio had a population
. 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
became 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.
The Point Breeze Garbage Lot/Museum is still a live story that may end up biting someone. The City Controller
has 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 platform
for the coming battle. Even the hacker ANONYMOUS is getting into the actas Jon Geeting reports.
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
Remember tax base sharing?
South Berkshires North Berkshires
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