Thursday, June 11, 2009

Philadelphia: Land Baron..

Al Perry sells houses for a living, so it bothers him to see a boarded-up shell or overgrown lot that is owned - and ignored - by the city.

As president of the Greater Philadelphia Association of Realtors, Perry is working on an idea that could help the city reduce blight and raise money.

It's marketing: Use Realtors to sell some of the 11,000 vacant houses and lots owned by government entities.
Holy Crap!!!!

The City of Philadelphia (a cadre of different government agencies) owns over 11,000 houses and lots in the city. ELEVEN THOUSAND OF THEM !!!!

If you reside south of City Line Avenue in Philadelphia County, you have my sympathies, and also my curiosity as to why the hell you remain there. Your municipal government is increasing your tax burden by sitting on properties they had no business acquiring in the first place. ELEVEN THOUSAND RESIDENCES AND LOTS!!!!!