10.01.2007

University and Neighborhood

Temple is following in Penn's footsteps and offering cold hard cash
for employees to buy houses near campus:
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/local/10150052.html.

I personally
wonder if the amount is too small ($4000-$5000) or the catchment area
too big (the 8 zip codes around campus), but the sentiment is
commendable. When campus and community blend into one another instead
of one erecting a wall to keep the other away, there's more
opportunity for genuine, two-way dialogue. Here's hoping this
mortgage incentive program is an important contribution to an
important conversation in North Philadelphia.

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