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Review for Center for the Study of Economics, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Rating: 4 stars  

The Center for the Study of Economics keeps the flame of liberty, prosperity and possibility alive for American cities. There have been countless times when, needing advice or help, the Center met my needs, always with good humor and genuine interest. I have worked with the Center for over thirty years and the folks who have staffed up the organization over that period have never wavered in thier mission or their work ethic.
This is a fine organization whose mission it is to help people like me in the trenches of urban revitalization. Their ideas and suggestions are not conventional, but, I am convinced, they are right. And - they are not right at the expense of those who may disagree with them; they seem to have respect for all those who only want the best for our cities.
I have not experienced their on-site work in my city. There has not been fertile enough ground. However, their victories in other cities have always enhanced values and improved employment. They may be the only urban advocacy group in the United States that has a 100% success record where their reforms have been enacted.
This organization is a gem, and deserves much credit for its unselfish work toward making our nation a better place to live and work.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

An Enterprise Zone tax-abatement initiative in a blighted area of my city that increased the number of building permits 42% over three years and increased the monthly value of Zone permits by over 1000%.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give it more funding.

Role:  Client Served & Used their consulting and creativity to create advocacy pieces for my city.