Congressman Evans Raises Dialogue on Middle Neighborhoods in Congress
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, Congressman Dwight Evans (PA-02) hosted a congressional briefing in D.C. to bring together a group of stakeholders who are working on the city, state and federal level to put policies in place that help strengthen our Middle Neighborhoods.
Middle Neighborhoods are neighborhoods caught between bust and boom. They are neighborhoods where housing is stable enough and homebuyers are willing to test the odds in the hopes that these neighborhoods will tilt towards growth rather than tip towards decline.
Congressman Evans hosted the briefing with Congressman Elijah Cummings (MD-07) and Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) and was grateful to be joined by a panel which included moderator Beverly Coleman, Assistant Vice President for Community Relations and Economic Development at Temple University, Paul Brophy, Author and Editor of On The Edge: America’s Middle Neighborhoods, Mark Sissman, CEO of Health Neighborhoods, Don Hinkle-Brown, President and CEO of the Reinvestment Fund and Catherine Califano, Deputy Director of Planning and Development for the City of Philadelphia.
“Our neighborhoods compete for people,” Congressman Evans said. “If you have good schools, stable businesses and an area that is safe and has a low crime rate, the number of people who want to lay roots down in a neighborhood increases.”
In Philadelphia, over 40 percent of the population lives in Middle Neighborhoods. The Middle Neighborhoods in the Second Congressional District include: Mt. Airy, Germantown, West Oak Lane, Roxborough, and Wynnefield.
“Right now, Middle Neighborhoods have no clear lane in our federal policy,” Evans said. “I am glad we can all come together and raise the consciousness around this critical issue. When we work together we can develop and create incentives for our homebuyers and homeowners to buy and stay in our Middle Neighborhoods.”
Media Contact: Becca Brukman, 202-225-4001, Becca.Brukman@mail.house.gov