Friends of 40th Street Meeting
Land Bank 2012
West Philly Community Briefing
Friends of 40th Street in partnership with People’s Emergency Center and SCI- West will host a Community Briefing for interested West Philadelphia residents about the Philadelphia Land Bank 2012 Campaign.
A Land Bank, in short, is an entity with the authority to handle acquisition, maintenance, and sale of vacant property.
This community briefing will explore how a Land Bank could help the city to eliminate blight, reduce crime, rebuild neighborhoods, raise millions of dollars annually for city services and schools, and begin to recoup the $3.4 billion in equity now being lost by homeowners due to declining home values . . . all without raising taxes.
Why is this Important?
Because 2012 is the year for a Philadelphia Land Bank
* Legislation has been introduced in city council to create a Philadelphia Land Bank.
* State enabling legislation authorizing local governments to create Land Banks has passed the House and is in the Senate.
* Mayor Nutter through the Redevelopment Authority (PRA) is creating an inventory and data base of all publiclly owned surplus vacant land.
* Citizens and organizations across the city are uniting in support of a Land Bank.
What you can do:
* Attend the Meeting on May 21st to learn more and to get involved.
We will still have time for you to share your neighborhood or organizational updates and announcements.
Friends of 40th Street Meetings dates for 2012 are as follows:
Monday February 13, 2012
Monday May 21, 2012
Monday August 20, 2012
Monday November 19, 2012
All meetings will run from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
All community members and business owners are encouraged to attend !
The Friends are residents, businesses, institutions and non-profits working together to improve the 40th Street corridor and its surrounding area.