Mapping Land Value For 2017

 

Philadelinquency’s map of 2017 land values from the Office of Property Assessment, based upon data prepared by the Mayor’s Office of Information Technology and Open Data

Philadelinquency’s map of 2017 land values from the Office of Property Assessment, based upon data prepared by the Mayor’s Office of Information Technology and Open Data

  • Philadelinquency’s Christopher Sawyer presents a map illustrating what the Office of Property Assessment feels will be every parcel’s property value in 2017, a stat now informed by the land they comprise and not the structures that rest upon them. “It seems very obvious,” concludes Sawyer, “that the Office of Property Assessment has no idea what land value actually is.” Consider these takeaways: that value bears more than some proportion to one’s race; that Chestnut Hillers suffer a discrepancy between their costly homes and cheap land; that “the City is also starkly aware of West Philadelphia’s ‘Line of Gentrification,’ which they believe is 52nd Street;” and, most regressive of all, that the OPA is assessing vacant lots well beneath those adjacent to them, thereby expanding the profits of the intrepid developer at the expense of the homeowners who have actually had to deal with such eyesores for decades. “Of course it isn’t fair. It’s stupid.”
  • In a non-binding 6-4 vote yesterday, the Planning Commission decided not to back Council President Darrell Clarke’s bill to rezone a few blocks in Brewerytown, just northwest of Girard College, from low-density multi-family dwellings (RM-1) to high-density single family (RSA-5), largely based on the fact, reports Plan Philly, that the Lower North District Plan itself failed to recommend such a downgrade in 2014. Clarke’s office explains that the Councilman is looking to “maintain a certain character in Brewerytown.”
  • The community produce garden across from Strawberry Mansion High School now has a solar-powered greenhouse, this thanks to a joint effort of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and Green Mountain Energy, which comped the $40,000 in solar technology that will power the structure’s heaters, fans, and safety lights.
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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. While I can appreciate the detail of the new assessment map, I can’t understand the rationale behind it – why are some virtually identical properties given different values?

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