It was in that dismal atmosphere that
the idea of creating a business improvement district
(1988) was formed.
The idea was that with the BID, the merchants would
not have to go around trying to collect money for events
and that there could be a coordinated effort to improve
The BID can “make
changes on the street that as individual merchants we
could not do ourselves.”
Owner, Fair Home Decorators
Myrtle Avenue BID
The beauty of the BID is that the group
decides how to dispense the funds.
The city collects the funds at the same time and
the same manner as the city taxes, and returns it to you
so you can be more self sufficient.
A small building owner working alone has limited impact,
but a BID can bring together the resources of a whole
neighborhood to make the streets more inviting. In this
time of tight budgets, the money contributed to a BID is
the most effective investment, because it is multiplied by
neighboring property owners. By coming together and
agreeing to collectively contribute money for the benefit
of an entire district, we communicate a powerful message
to the public about our confidence in Downtown Boston's
Downtown Property Owner
enactment of the UK BIDs legislation in 2004 the
development of BIDs has exceeded the expectation of most.
be wrong to think that interventions can be designed to
solve all of our urban problems. However BIDs, properly
configured, are surely part of the solution.
International Think Tank
In the Mott Haven section of the
Bronx, the HUB-Third Ave. BID’s efforts have
“helped build a new residential district.
This sparkling new community was developed by a
company named ‘Nos Quedamos,” which means “‘We Stay.’”
In many ways the HUB BID and its constituency
symbolizes the rebirth of the Bronx.”
BIDs are dedicated to the
As long as there’s a sense of local pride, a
feeling of belonging to your own corner of
New York, BIDs will thrive.
They’re the wave of the future.”
At heart, most criticism of BIDs springs from a deep
suspicion of private enterprise, which some people believe
can be up to no good where public spaces are concerned.
BIDs are disproving that belief, showing that private
interest and the public good can coincide. They are
providing a model of efficient public services which
governments should emulate. And in a city such as New
York, often swayed by anti-business sentiment, BIDs have
given property owners a much-needed voice.
The Manhattan Institute for Policy Research