Success Stories Using Georgist Tax Principles

New Life in Old Cities

New Life in Old Cities

Georgist1 Policies and Population Growth in New York City, San Francisco, Chicago,
Cleveland, Toledo, Detroit, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, and Other Cities, 1890-1930
Mason Gaffney, emended 10-22-062

In the period 1890 to 1930, the Georgist movement inspired a large number of civic leaders—mayors, assessors, governors, congressmen and others—to implement Georgist policies in a number of US and Canadian cities. That is, in order to encourage development, they reduced or eliminated assessments on buildings and increased assessments on land. They used land
revenues to provide low-cost, high-quality public services. Where implemented, these policies resulted in rapid population growth.

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