John Kromer is a housing and development consultant who specializes in the design and implementation of reinvestment strategies for distressed urban communities.As the City of Philadelphia’s Director of Housing from 1992 to 2001, Kromer supervised the expenditure of more than a billion dollars in public investment in support of housing preservation and development activities that improved living conditions for thousands of Philadelphia families. The perspective gained through this experience is described in his most recent book, Fixing Broken Cities: The Implementation of Urban Development Strategies.Since 2001, Kromer has maintained an affiliation with the University of Pennsylvania’s Fels Institute of Government as a Senior Consultant. In this capacity, he has completed consulting projects in Camden, Allentown, Reading, York, and other postindustrial cities. At Penn, he also teaches a fall-semester course on “The Politics of Housing and Urban Development.”
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