Re "Mission to Philadelphia to look for collaborative opportunities" (Viewpoints, Aug. 17): Having moved to Sacramento from Philadelphia five years ago, I was interested to read Steve Hansen'ss column about his upcoming trip there for the city's study mission. Philadelphia can definitely teach Sacramento some useful things about redevelopment and innovation.
After viewing the mission's itinerary, however, I am concerned that the message the group will receive is that corporate tax breaks and property tax abatements are the only tools available to build a better future for Sacramento. While Philadelphia's center city has seen a dramatic revitalization in the past 20 years, most of the city continues to struggle with serious poverty; the city just had to borrow $50 million to ensure that its schools will open this year. Sacramento is definitely a place for endless possibilities, but I hope that our leaders will consider development that will positively impact all of Sacramento's residents.
-- Jennifer Murphy, Sacramento