Governing? Gentrifying? Seceding? Real-Time Answers to Questions About Business Improvement Districts

Drexel Law Review, Vol. 3, No. 25, 2010

14 Pages Posted: 15 Feb 2011  

Nicole Stelle Garnett

Notre Dame Law School

Date Written: 2010

Abstract

Business improvement districts ("BIDs") have become a ubiquitous feature of the urban development toolkit. An important - perhaps the most important - instantiation of the trend in urban governance toward the devolution of local authority to new "sublocal," quasi-governmental institutions, BIDs play an important role in urban re-development efforts, especially efforts to revitalize downtowns and satellite center-city business districts. Drawing upon case studies of Philadelphia’s BIDS, this symposium essay seeks to answer three questions about how BIDs actually work on the ground: First, whether BIDs are actually functioning as local governments rather than quasi-private providers of supplemental services; second, whether BIDs either generate an insider/outsider problem within urban neighborhoods; and, third, whether BIDs exacerbate the pre-existing inequalities between urban neighborhoods.

Keywords: Business improvement districts, gentrification, urban development

JEL Classification: H4, H7

Suggested Citation

Garnett, Nicole Stelle, Governing? Gentrifying? Seceding? Real-Time Answers to Questions About Business Improvement Districts (2010). Drexel Law Review, Vol. 3, No. 25, 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1761613

Nicole Stelle Garnett (Contact Author)

Notre Dame Law School ( email )

P.O. Box 780
Notre Dame, IN 46556
United States
574-631-3091 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.law.nd.edu/faculty/facultypages/garnettn.html

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