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How Density Helps Improve Productivity Benefits

July 12, 2024 / Comments Off on How Density Helps Improve Productivity Benefits

In May, ESI published a research paper called Doom Loop or Boom Loop: Work From Home and Challenges Facing America’s Big Cities, commissioned by The Volcker Alliance. The team conducted a comprehensive study on the trajectory for cities in the era of remote work and unveiled the potential for greater productivity and economic growth facilitated […]

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Light Reads: Independence Day 2024

June 28, 2024 / Comments Off on Light Reads: Independence Day 2024

To celebrate Independence Day, this week’s Present Value post features a curated selection of holiday events and regional news. Our team has gathered a mix of festive activities and important updates to keep you informed and engaged. We hope this round-up enhances your July 4th celebrations. Wishing everyone a safe and joyous Independence Day!  Upcoming […]

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Improving Accessibility in Cities

June 21, 2024 / Comments Off on Improving Accessibility in Cities

Cities are often the most accessible places to live. Public transit, sidewalks, density, and other public amenities mean that it is easier for all people to live, work, and play. However, many cities are not as physically accessible as they should be. While the Americans with Disabilities Act makes United States cities more accessible than […]

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The State of High-Speed, Intercity Rail

June 14, 2024 / Comments Off on The State of High-Speed, Intercity Rail

The implementation of high-speed rail (HSR) networks can greatly reduce the travel time between big cities, with the optimal travel distance ranging from around 100 to 500 miles. However, in addition to its most intuitive use, intercity travel, HSR can also be used for daily commuting. It’s fast, reliable, frequent, and riders are free from […]

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The Importance of Higher Education and Workforce Development to a Growing Urban Economy

May 31, 2024 / Comments Off on The Importance of Higher Education and Workforce Development to a Growing Urban Economy

When I entered city government during the Rendell administration, I worked for the Philadelphia Commerce Department, then headed by Stephen P. Mullin, a founder and principal of ESI. In my role working directly for the Commerce Director, I had the good fortune of seeing the drivers of Philadelphia’s economy. The drivers ranged from the clear […]

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Light Reads: Memorial Day 2024

May 24, 2024 / Comments Off on Light Reads: Memorial Day 2024

Our team at ESI has compiled a great set of events, activities, and articles for you to enjoy all Memorial Day Weekend for this week’s Present Value post. Additionally, we wish to honor all the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice while defending our nation and our freedom.   Upcoming Events Around […]

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