Philly, In The Round


  • It took 15 years but the Neighborhood Transformation Initiative (NTI), the anti-blight campaign introduced by Mayor John Street in 2001, will soon spend the last of its $300 million budget. NewsWorks considers the program’s costs and effects, a difficult task considering that the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority itself has yet to compile the numbers. Yet we do know that the budget was roughly split between demolitions—which proved doubly expensive than first thought—and preservation efforts and development incentivization. Two administrations later, Philadelphia finds itself with nearly a third less of the 57,000 vacant properties it had in 2001, and with a handful of neighborhoods that can organically drive their own redevelopment. NTI’s remaining $37 million will be invested through the spring in various projects, such as Eric Blumenfeld’s reuse of the Divine Lorraine, and improvements to Bartram’s Gardens.
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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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  1. ” …will soon spend the last of its $300 budget.”

    They got a lot done for just $300!

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