Time for a Sea Change: UK Business Secretary Vince Cable
The drumbeats for land value tax are louder in the United Kingdom, and coming from all corners of the nation. As UrbanTools hasreported
over the pastyear
, land value tax is being mooted by a veritable rainbow of the political and economic spectrum.
Bill De Blasio: in the Ascendant
Tomorrow Tuesday, June 10, 2013, the Democratic voters of New York City will choose their candidate for the fall mayoral election. The early betting fell on Christine Quinn who is currently New York City Council President. She had done the traditional sewing up of many unions, social constituencies, Wall Street, Mayor Bloomberg (with whom she engineered a Disposal of voter imposed term limits), and the Real Estate Board.
Also running is Bill Thompson, a respected former Comptroller of the city, John Liu the current Comptroller, and of course the explosive Anthony Weiner.
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.
One of the best traditions still in existence from the earliest days of the American experiment are the true exercises in democracy known astown meetings
The road to Massachusetts land value tax may run through Lanesborough.
"I am more and more convinced that, with reference to any public question, it is more important to know what the country thinks of it than what the city thinks. The city does not think much.