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Efficient property tax collections vs. the cult of homeownership

Written by on October 5, 2013

Cross-posted from Next City, this article is part of the 2013 Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference liveblog series. Check out all the in-depth content — even if you weren’t able to join us in Philadelphia from September 9-11, 2013, you’ll feel like you did! This morning’s session “Making the Case for Efficient, Effective and Equitable Tax Foreclosure Reform” raised…

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Why skyscrapers get a break under Philly’s stormwater pricing

Written by on October 4, 2013

Cross-posted from Next City, this article is part of the 2013 Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference liveblog series. Check out all the in-depth content — even if you weren’t able to join us in Philadelphia from September 9-11, 2013, you’ll feel like you did! Many cities remain in denial about the high costs that low-density, impervious land uses like…

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The case for federal investment in electronic county property records

Written by on September 30, 2013

Cross-posted from Next City, this article is part of the 2013 Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference liveblog series. Check out all the in-depth content — even if you weren’t able to join us in Philadelphia from September 9-11, 2013, you’ll feel like you did! One issue that’s come up again and again at the Reclaiming Vacant Properties conference —…

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Tax lien sales are no panacea for local governments

Written by on September 11, 2013

Cross-posted from Next City, this article is part of the 2013 Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference liveblog series. Check out all the in-depth content — even if you weren’t able to join us in Philadelphia from September 9-11, 2013, you’ll feel like you did! Philadelphia Councilmember Bill Green recently floated the idea of selling tax liens to private…

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