Morning Headlines: Councilwoman Tasco: Clarke’s Plan Is Not NTI Jr.

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Lenora James, Camelia Cobb and 2012 winner Marian Tasco at Dancing With the Philadelphia Stars 2013. Photo by HughE Dillon.

John Kromer’s analysis of Darrell Clarke’s 1,500 New Affordable Housing Units Initiative has prompted Councilwoman Marian B. Tasco of the 9th District to write an op-ed in response.

Tasco chides Kromer for unflatteringly comparing Clarke’s plan to Mayor John Street’s Neighborhood Transformation Initiative (NTI) and suggesting the similarities between the two programs will spell failure the former.

Tut, tut, Mr. Kromer! Tasco says the former Director of Housing overemphasizes the similarities. NTI was a pre-development program focused on vacant properties, while City Council’s Affordable Housing Initiative is aimed at ameliorating economic segregation and the dearth in affordable housing. She writes:

Rather than compare a housing development proposal with an anti-blight program that included some housing development, Mr. Kromer’s time would have been better spent examining whether Council’s housing development proposal addresses real needs in Philadelphia neighborhoods.

Tasco takes issue with Kromer analysis of Clarke’s affordable housing plan [PlanPhilly]

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