Kenney Talks Commercial Development

 

 

52nd between Chestnut and Market looking north | Photo: Theresa Stigale

52nd between Chestnut and Market looking north | Photo: Theresa Stigale

  • Mayor-elect Jim Kenney previewed his administration’s economic development policy yesterday at a symposium hosted by the Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations, says Plan Philly. Speaking of the need to expand upon past commercial development successes in Center City, Kenney stressed the role that PIDC and the newly activated Land Bank will play in securing strategic properties along those commercial corridors just beginning to elicit the interest of gentrifiers. “Center City is important to Philadelphia’s health and it always will be, but we cannot ignore the commercial corridors that extend beyond that if we want to have a strong, growing small-business community, a meaningful increase in employment for Philadelphians of color, reduced crime, and a more strong and diversified economy for the long term.”
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