Employer-assisted housing expert Dan Hoffman says including housing in the development and otherwise encouraging employees to become city residents would benefit CHOP, the city, and the surrounding neighborhoods.
The current design debate regarding CHOP’s proposed expansion more resembles a debate about what kind of hub cap to put on a flat tire than it does any serious consideration of urban development policy. It’s nice to have a shiny, new, hubcap, but it doesn’t fix the tire. Fixing the tire would be saying to a tax-exempt institution:
It is time for the City to hold its large employers, especially its tax-exempt employers, to a higher standard of community responsibility and not simply be grateful for any development that some entity deigns to offer. Conversely, it is also time for the city’s leading institutions to define their self- and community- interest in ways that help ensure the future economic viability of the city by acting in ways that strengthen neighborhoods and attract and retain more middle-class incomes.
Dan is a nationally recognized leader in innovative housing and community development programming. He has worked in some of the nation’s most distressed communities and advised senior officials at all levels of government. Dan has also been a leader in helping businesses partner with each other and with the public sector, through the creation of Business Improvement Districts (BIDs). Learn more here: http://wideeyedpictures.com/thenewbid/TheNewBID Reach Dan here: .