“We have to become sustainable,” she says. “There’s not democracy in this decision-making. We gotta be the ones deciding the future of our neighborhoods.”
PW reporters Matt Petrillo and Aaron Kase put together a podcast on the controversy surrounding Neighborhood Improvement Districts:
The steering committee is a self appointed group of developers seeking power from the city to tax and to place liens on property owners who fail to pay the tax to them. This is not a voluntary association; it is empowered by the city to collect taxes on every property owner as defined by the steering committee whether they agree or not with the NID.
The law in question is the 2004 “Yorktown Special District Controls” ordinance, written specifically for the North Central section of the city. The law holds, after years of tensions between students and neighbors, that Temple kids simply aren’t allowed to live in certain areas of North Central.
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