Registered Community Organizations (RCOs) are the most localized way to engage in one’s community. Part community association, part organizer, believe it or not, your local RCO has power to shape debate on a variety of issues facing your neighborhood. Want a new park or community garden in your neighborhood? Talk to your RCO. How about if you’d like to organize an fundraiser or a social event in your area? Engage with your RCO. What about if a new building is proposed for your area? The community meeting about that building is organized by your RCO.
Last week we talked about how the land value tax - basically the property tax, but with a higher millage rate for land than buildings - would complement a pro-walkability agenda of reduced car ownership, increased mode share for transit and active transportation, taller buildings in expensive transit-served areas, and less parking blight in Center City and the appreciating neighborhoods surrounding it.
This week, we'll discuss how LVT fits into a broad tax reform agenda aimed at making the city core a more competitive location for new residential and office construction than the southeast PA and southwest NJ suburbs.