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Post Pandemic Cities – Is Being a Smart City the Solution?

May 14, 2021 / Comments Off on Post Pandemic Cities – Is Being a Smart City the Solution?

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, several workers have left their offices and residents have fled from city center homes, leaving behind the hustle and bustle of large employment hubs and mega-cities. The rise of remote working and the digital economy has lime lighted questions regarding the death and life of small and enormous […]

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Permitting for New Construction Strong in Kensington and Point Breeze During the Pandemic

May 7, 2021 / Comments Off on Permitting for New Construction Strong in Kensington and Point Breeze During the Pandemic

For this month’s Philadelphia Housing Index (PHI) blog post, we took a look at new construction permit data from Philadelphia’s Department of Licenses and Inspection to see how Philadelphia’s development pipeline performed during the COVID-19 pandemic and which neighborhoods showed the most construction permitting activity in the past year. We filtered the data to examine […]

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Think Tanks in a Post-COVID Era

April 30, 2021 / Comments Off on Think Tanks in a Post-COVID Era

Think tanks, independent from government, provide expert advice on a diverse range of policy issues and products topics such as social policy, economics, and technology through interdisciplinary research. In the policy-making process, think tanks can play critical roles in stages such as setting the policy agenda, designing policy interventions, policy advocacy, monitoring the policy implementation, […]

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Cybersecurity: A Smart City Imperative

April 23, 2021 / Comments Off on Cybersecurity: A Smart City Imperative

The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted to cities around the world the importance of smart city programs—the use of technology, data, and innovative solutions to address their social, environmental, and economic challenges. Indeed, 65% of city leaders surveyed in 2020 as part of ESI ThoughtLab’s Smart City Solutions for a Risker World reported that the top lessons […]

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Stumped? Understanding Lumber Prices.

April 16, 2021 / Comments Off on Stumped? Understanding Lumber Prices.

Over the past year, the construction industry has been buffeted by many factors due to the fallout from the spread of the coronavirus. One area that has proved particularly troublesome is the rapid increase in prices for construction materials. One specific item—lumber—is notable for its sharp increase in price that has remained high for a […]

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After US and China Alaska Meeting: A 2021 Outlook for US-China Relations

April 9, 2021 / Comments Off on After US and China Alaska Meeting: A 2021 Outlook for US-China Relations

On March 18th and 19th 2021, the first high-level diplomatic meeting since Biden’s election took place in Anchorage, Alaska against the backdrop of deteriorating bilateral relations of the two countries. The meeting opened with heated exchanges of rebukes of each other’s policies, but followed with much more rational and constructive discussions, which suggests that both […]

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