Petition signatures still have to be verified in order for the NID to be official. Many residents don't want to see their taxes increased. If the NID were created, property owners would have to pay an extra tax for the services the District would provide.
The NID had some support from the Nutter administration. In September, Deputy Mayor Alan Greenberger testified before City Council, saying that creation of a NID is "one element of an overall strategy to manage and plan for growth" in the neighborhood.
The potential death of the NID legislation clouds the future of a proposed park on the Reading Viaduct. An early version of the NID legislation proposed creating that park, Though the provision was later removed, in part because it had no support from the city. Specific plans for the Viaduct stretching from Vine street to Fairmount Ave were never settled on, but many community members continue to pursue the project.