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From the Outside InSuburban Elites, Third-Sector Organizations, and the Reshaping of Philadelphia$
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Carolyn T. Adams

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780801451621

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801451621.001.0001

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Harnessing the Third Sector to Benefit the City

(p.170) Conclusion
From the Outside In

Carolyn T. Adams

Cornell University Press

This book concludes by reiterating the central role played by Third-Sector organizations in urban redevelopment in greater Philadelphia as powerful sources of money and influence from the suburbs. It considers the politics of urban redevelopment in greater Philadelphia and shows that Third-Sector organizations compete not only for patrons but also for capital funds to support ambitious building projects. It also examines how recent mayors have tended to engage the Third Sector through transactional politics rather than comprehensive planning. It argues that mayors and other public officials can gain full benefits from the presence of community development corporations, universities, hospitals, and other nonprofit organizations in Philadelphia by treating them more as public-purpose entities than as private corporations. In addition to effective partnerships with nonprofit service providers, Philadelphia must adopt a more coordinated approach to Third-Sector institutions as developers.

Keywords:   urban redevelopment, Third-Sector organizations, Philadelphia, suburbs, mayors, transactional politics, community development, universities, hospitals, nonprofit organizations

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