Every official, resident, and business owner in every Pennsylvania community can agree on one fact: for Pennsylvania communities to thrive, a majority of the roughly 300,000 vacant properties in the Commonwealth must be put into productive reuse. This manual presents the most effective tools available to Pennsylvania local governments to return vacant properties to productive … Continue reading From Blight To Bright
Performing government functions more efficiently and equitably is critical for state and local governments. May 8 helps governments to design and implement evidence-based policies and programs to provide meaningful outcomes in diverse areas such as zoning, housing, inclusive economic development neighborhood revitalization and sustainability.
The Costs of the Current System and the Benefits of Reform Vacant land has a devastating impact on the neighborhoods and the finances of the City of Philadelphia. Of 40,000 vacant parcels in the City, 30,000 are privately controlled and 10,000 are publicly controlled. Ownership of the public parcels is split among four agencies. In … Continue reading Vacant Land Management in Philadelphia
Community Revitalization Desktop Guide was created for the State of Pennsylvania in order to provide local government officials with a comprehensive model for community revitalization. The Guide is based upon an analysis of what has worked over thirty years of city and town revitalization efforts. This Desktop Guide shares a detailed three-step process for attracting high-impact … Continue reading Pennsylvania Community Revitalization Desktop Guide
If We Fix It, They Will Come recommends ten specific actions the City of Philadelphia should take to modernize its development review process and reform its zoning code in order to encourage growth and private investment. The report was endorsed by over a dozen respected city organization who formed the “When We Fix It Coalition.” This … Continue reading If We Fix It, They Will Come