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Candidate Survey Explanations

  • Erika Almiron:
  • Reforming zoning laws and supporting and creating city programs that empower communities to reclaim vacant land.
  • Ethelind Baylor:
  • The many issues regarding housing and development are significantly influenced by councilmanic prerogative. A short-term solution is to appoint someone full time to facilitate small-property transactions based on the property disposition policies and the goals of the Landbank. This can enable the utilization of available lands to establish housing for those that need affordable housing or green space use. Philadelphians want an approach that’s transparent, efficient and fair.
  • Vinny Black:
  • Organize and unite
  • Sherrie Cohen:
  • Yes, we need Council oversight over the Land Bank to demand transparency, required reporting, and action. Since the Land Bank came into existence in 2013, only 9 units of low-income affordable housing have been built. This is shameful, as the need for low-income affordable housing is vast. We need community control of land and resources, and must elect Community Boards in every Council District to determine land disposition.
  • Allan Domb:
  • I am in favor of taking public land and incentivizing buyers to build low-income and affordable housing with that space. I further believe that the sale or lease of any city owned property must include stringent requirements for development or maintenance and, if a property is sold within a specified period of time, that the city benefit from any profit.
  • Sandra Dungee Glenn:
  • I would sponsor and/or support legislation that puts stipulations on the use of publicly held land-- including the requirement that the development by guided by a Community Benefits Agreement, that the end use must include affordable rental units, workforce housing, worker-owned or locally owned business, and/or public green spaces.
  • Beth Finn:
  • We must end councilmanic prerogative, an anti-democratic policy that dispenses public land as political favors at the expense of what’s best for the people. I support the city’s latest efforts to streamline the VPRC. The Land Bank’s oversight & guidelines are a far better starting point to build a process that can manage & facilitate sales of more than 4,700 vacant lots in Philadelphia. We need a system that is transparent, provides accountability, & creates the most value for the city.
  • Katherine Gilmore Richardson:
  • As a member of Council, I would work with the Redevelopment Authority to expand the options available under the community garden lease and establish a certain minimum time frame for the garden agreements offered to individuals. I support increased transparency for land disposition in the City. The process should be uniform, posted and publicly available.
  • Irina Goldstein:
  • We're not going to put restrictions on the use of land in the land bank. We also don't want councilpeople doling it as favors to political allies. We want a competitive and open bidding process for public land. There might be some ambitious projects that generate a lot of revenue for the city. Gardens are nice but there might be a need for public land to be developed in a different way. Green space is good for absorbing stormwater.
  • Helen Gym:
  • I'm committed to holding the Land Bank accountable and realizing its potential to advance equitable/affordable development, and to foster uses like community gardens and urban agriculture that nourish neighborhoods. Through my chief of staff, who helped create the Land Bank, I've pushed to increase transparency and community engagement. This includes ensuring the public can weigh in on written land policies and providing sufficient funding for it to maintain a mission of equitable development.
  • Adrian Rivera-Reyes:
  • A major reform that we need to ensure that our Land Bank gives to the community is to change the people running the bank. I propose that we create a democratically elected Board of Land Bank Supervisors that are made up of community stakeholders elected to represent the interests of their communities. To increase the availability land, I support using eminent domain to put those tax delinquent properties into the Land Bank for use back to the their respective communities.
  • Mark Ross:
  • I would propose that we update the EOI process to make it better for us to have better access to the land, have the plots of land already designated for gardens and greenspace be permanent for the neighborhoods, and to set aside land to be earmarked for low income housing. I would propose that we update the EOI process to make it better for us to have better access to the land, have the plots of land already designated for gardens and greenspace be permanent for the neighborhoods, and to set aside land to be earmarked for low income housing.
  • Fernando Trevino-Martinez:
  • I will advocate to end the councilmanic prerogative and reform the land bank in order to make mandatory the transfer of public property. The landbank will never accomplish its goal if councilmembers control which properties go into the bank and which don’t.
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