An important victory for housing justice in Philadelphia. This strategy is based on principles that can be adapted by cities across the globe. From the Philly Land Bank: “Today, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter will hold a signing ceremony at 1:30 pm in the Mayor’s reception room, Room 202 City Hall, for the ordinance that creates a Philadelphia Land Bank. Passed by City Council on December 12, the ordinance represents historic reform of the City’s broken system for putting vacant properties back into productive use.
The hard work of creating a Philadelphia Land Bank begins now. Philadelphians who have been plagued by vacant properties in their neighborhoods deserve a Land Bank that will swiftly act to turn vacant, blighted properties into vibrant, usable spaces. To get the Land Bank up and running quickly, the Philly Land Bank Alliance calls on the Nutter Administration and Council to focus on three key steps” Read more here.