- Associated Press - Monday, March 13, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) - New York City’s network of 73 business improvement districts has expanded its programs and services in recent years.

The New York Times (https://nyti.ms/2lT3WX2 ) says the districts have increasingly taken the lead in addressing neighborhood quality-of-life issues.

Critics say they cause an unnecessary tax that’s often passed along as higher rents. The opponents also say they primarily serve landlord interests and can lead to gentrification.

A new city report details the districts’ impact, including trash collection, graffiti removal, interacting with visitors, marketing and community events.

The districts are funded primarily by assessments on property owners.


Information from: The New York Times, https://www.nytimes.com



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