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2016: Another Year of Advances and Retrenchment


1.       Education. Most of the world is not aware that there are alternatives to our current system of taxation and looking at how society functions. Most especially, the collection of economic rent as propounded through the centuries by Adam Smith, John Stuart Mill, Tom Paine, Henry George all the way down to Joseph Stiglitz as an alternative to the failed policies of Socialism and Neoliberalism.

Pittsburgh: The disappearing Black community and land value














Homewood: A Storied History


In the middle of all the nonstop happy talk about the revitalizing urbanification of older Rust Belt cities likeBuffalo, Cleveland and our old friend Pittsburgh,UrbanTools notes that the benefit falls on a very narrow slice of the body politic: the development "community" and other hustlers who ask that government pays for their slick new condos and apartments for transient Millennials.  Meanwhile, all of these cities are losing population and unemployment rates are still high.

The Philly Assessments Cometh, Part One

 
2013 heralds something considered cataclysmic in Philadelphia but is routine in the rest of the world: a new assessment for property tax purposes.  From Podunk to Portland (Oregon or Maine), assessment officers and departments apply land and building values to each property, the community figures out how much revenue it needs and divides it by those values.  Voilà, you get a property tax rate, and then send out a bill. 

A  very little history 

Nothing is ever quite that simple in the city that UrbanTools loves.

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.