Skip to comments.Pizza, pizza: $1 million a pie?
Posted on 06/16/2014 9:25:03 PM PDT by Citizen Zed
THE LANCASTER Avenue Redevelopment Corp. talked a good game when tax dollars were up for grabs.
In applications for state grants, the Overbrook-based nonprofit outlined its plans to revitalize the raggedy commercial corridor between 52nd and 63rd streets, reduce blight, provide housing support to seniors, settle school conflicts, build homes, create jobs and re-establish Lancaster Avenue as an "important gateway" in Philadelphia.
LARC set up shop on 61st Street, and the money flowed - about $2 million in state and city funds.
"We're making investments like this across the state so more people will have the opportunity to play a role in Pennsylvania's economic recovery," then-Gov. Ed Rendell said in a 2006 news release touting the disbursement of $1 million in state funds to LARC.
Mayor Nutter's administration also backed the group, kicking in about $400,000 in city funds.
So what did taxpayers get in return for their investment?
Cheap pizza, unpaid taxes and a state legislator who wants nothing to do with a shopping center that was named after her.
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Dag nabbit I wish they would quote Mayor Nutter. That’s always hilarious to see an out-of-towner’s initial reaction to something like “Nutter: Homeless Problems Solvable” or something like that as the top story in the day’s Ink-Wire. “Wait, are they actually talking to a crazy homeless person? And it’s the front-page headline?”