Revising or eliminating the current tax abatement.
Financial incentives to support preservation.
Increased recognition of
preservation’s role in job creation;
ability to stabilize and strengthen communities;
compatibility with - and centrality to - push for affordable housing.
Reform of Philadelphia’s Historical Commission operating procedures and scrutiny of the precedents they create.
Equipping L&I with engineering expertise needed to evaluate historic buildings.
Election of public officials who will support these positions.
Endorsement of pro-preservation political candidates and financial support for their campaigns.
Creation of policy briefs that help officeholders understand the issues.
Report cards on incumbents’ preservation track records.
Public demonstrations of support for preservation (petitions, rallies, letters to editors).