PHILADELPHIA — Pennsylvania’s program for distressed communities provides only temporary help, and other measures are necessary for the long-term health of cities, former Gov. Edward Rendell said Tuesday.

Speaking at The Bond Buyer’s Symposium on Distressed Municipalities at the Hyatt at the Bellevue hotel, Rendell, a former Philadelphia mayor who governed the state from 2003 to 2011, called for measures to “redefine charity” and obtain more income for localities from nonprofit organizations such as hospitals and colleges. “It’s the single biggest problem for cities,” said Rendell, who cited Pittsburgh, where about 40% of the real estate is non-taxable.

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