Gov. Wolf tours blighted North Philly properties, wants to fix them

Andrew Kramer
May 03, 2019 - 8:09 pm

Andrew Kramer/KYW Newsradio


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf got an up-close look at some rundown buildings in North Philadelphia Thursday afternoon.

Wolf and other local leaders walked along Germantown Avenue, up Warnock Street, to Indiana Avenue, glancing at the properties and meeting residents along the way.

"And someone comes up and says 'this is the problem I have,' we want to make life better in Pennsylvania," Wolf said, "and whatever we do it's going to take funding."

The governor proposed his Restore Pennsylvania plan earlier this year, "which is an attempt to raise $4.5 billion to leverage private money, to leverage local money, maybe federal money to do things places all around Pennsylvania need," he explained.

In Philadelphia, Wolf decided to take this walking tour as he looks to put his plan in motion.

"We need to make sure (the area) is attractive," he said. "It encourages people to come in and invest. To build homes, to build businesses, to fix businesses and we can't do that if all we say is 'naw, we're not going to do anything here.’”

He said the money they need for Restore Pennsylvania has to come from a severance tax.

"A severance tax is a tax that is basically based on the market value of whatever natural resource you're taking out of the ground of a state," said Wolf.

Wolf's goals through Restore Pennsylvania, both in Philadelphia and throughout the state, also includes having high speed internet in all properties and helping cities better prepare for floods.