Investing In Schools To Maintain Mt Airy’s Diversity

 

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Keeping things moving in Mt. Airy | Photo: Next City

  • Writing for Next City, Sandy Smith explores the means by which Mt. Airy USA is reinforcing mid-century practices toward racial integration. These include institutional support, guarantees of affordable housing, and increased investments in local public schools. Anuj Gupta, executive director of the community development corporation, explains that the long-term effect of under-performing schools would be social stratification. A divided neighborhood begin jointly inhabited by the rich and the poor, but one in which they rarely interact as the middle-class flees for better options for education.
  • In the lead up to a public hearing today on the Land Bank’s draft strategic plan, some affordable housing advocates are worried that the current language in the plan is too vauge, says the Daily News. Nora Lichtash, of the Philadelphia Coalition for Affordable Communities, stresses that its campaign, “Development without Displacement”, seeks to ensure that “when they transfer land to get rid of blight, that they’re doing it in a way to ensure that not only market-rate development takes place, but there’s also affordable development that comes back out of the land bank.”
  • Mayor Nutter announced a year-long, commercial building Energy Reduction Race yesterday. Participating skyscrapers will compete to save the most energy, says the Daily News. “The ‘race’ ends Sept. 30, 2015, when each of three top-performing buildings will be awarded $5,000. There’s a consolation prize for those who signed up but didn’t win–free building-operator training to help meet the overall 5 percent energy-reduction goal.”
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Stephen Currall recently received his BA in history from Arcadia University. Before beginning doctoral studies, he is pursuing his interest in local history, specifically just how Philadelphians engage their vibrant past. Besides skimming through 18th century letters, Steve is also interested in music and travel.

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