BIDding for devolution
Both Philadelphia and Baltimore have used Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) as a route to double devolution. BIDs are essentially voluntary neighbourhood business-led coalitions that make neighbourhoods a better place to do business.
There are nearly 1000 in the US. In the UK the take-up has been slower.
BIDs are not primarily about money, though in all cases a small levy is made on the business rate. In Philadelphia the BID has moved from an agenda of safer/greener neighbourhoods to take on the night economy, housing and now schools. They have even sponsored a community court that has cut reoffending rates for people arrested.
posted on 06 April 2006 11:55
[Post a Comment]