Still Waiting For The Land Bank To Get Off The Ground

September 11, 2015 |  by  |  Morning Blend  | 

 

“Vacant lots on the 2100 block of North 9th Street in Philadelphia, near Temple University. Eighty percent of the block's properties are tax-delinquent.” | Photo: Jared Brey, for PlanPhilly

“Vacant lots on the 2100 block of North 9th Street in Philadelphia, near Temple University. Eighty percent of the block’s properties are tax-delinquent.” | Photo: Jared Brey, for PlanPhilly

  • In a Wednesday piece for Keystone Crossroads, Jared Brey offered some context that might serve to explain why the twenty-one months of the Philadelphia Land Bank’s existence have proven utterly fruitless. For one, drafting the strategic plan took some time, and more irksome still have been the labor negotiations with one of the four unions involved. Philly mag’s Citified blog laments that the transfer of an estimated 32,000 vacant properties has been stalled by less than 58 employees from Philadelphia Housing Development Corporation, and “even if the next mayor makes the Land Bank a real priority, it’s easy to see another year (or more) elapsing before the entity becomes a meaningful force.”
  • After a small electrical fire last week at 915 Spring Garden—a five-story, 75,000-square-foot artists’ studio—revealed 30 building code violations, L&I has evicted the 100 artists indefinitely. “It’s an art factory,” artist Carol Cole told NewsWorks. “It’s a community of artists to talk to, to get an opinion. When you want to get out of your studio and walk around, there’s somebody around to talk to.”
  • Check out data scientist Lauren Ancona’s definitive Philly Pope Map, a (beta, as of now) compilation of all information released by the World Meeting of Families, the Secret Service, and City Hall.
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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. Land Bank…. doesn’t seem to be working very well at all. Too bad, I hate to see these former wonderful neighborhoods sitting there in the condition that they are now and an in-effective government agency doing what government agencies always do ………Nothing.

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