3620 Podcast Examines Private Universities’ Responsibility to Local Communities

Last week, the Annenberg School for Communication’s 3620 Podcast published an episode examining the relationship between the University of Pennsylvania and the city of Philadelphia, focusing particularly on the issue of PILOTs, or Payments in Lieu of Taxation. Podcast producers Aaron Shapiro and John Vilanova explain:

Philadelphia is the poorest big city in the United States and, even though Penn is the biggest land owner in Philly, and its endowment is the tenth largest in the country, it pays nothing to the city in property taxes. Here, we follow the students in asking, What exactly is the role of the private university in supporting its home city’s public institutions?

Listen here: 

If you’re interested in learning more about PILOTs at Penn, check out this student documentary and follow the work of the Penn Student Labor Action Project (SLAP).

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