Bragging rights for Charles Village, Annapolis
Its piece on Charles Village includes this commentary on the neighborhood's taxing structure:
Recognizing the limits of their authority to address safety concerns, residents, citizen groups, and alliances from Baltimore's Charles Village neighborhood turned to the Maryland State Assembly for help. They proposed establishing a benefits district so they could collect a small levy from property owners for additional security and sanitation services. At the time such districts had been established for U.S. downtowns and commercial zones only and not for residential areas.
The neighborhood's proposal was approved, enabling the Charles Village Community Benefits District to be formed in 1994. Funded by a minimal levy on property values, the district has successfully managed to cut crime in half since its inception while serving as a model for three additional service districts in Baltimore.
Other neighborhoods on the list include Society Hill in Philadelphia, Old Town in Wichita, Kansas and Greater Park Hill in Denver.
The APA, meanwhile, praised Annapolis' Main Street for its "three centuries of history and well-preserved 18th- and 19th-century buildings."
We now return you to your regularly scheduled depressing economic news. Did you see the big ad in the paper today by a bank that just wanted to note for the record that it's a safe place to put your money?