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The View From Ridge: Neighborhood Change Along Philadelphia’s Ridge Avenue

April 15, 2016 / Comments Off on The View From Ridge: Neighborhood Change Along Philadelphia’s Ridge Avenue

Once a vibrant commercial corridor, the built environment of Ridge Avenue in North Philadelphia has suffered from decades of economic decline and neglect. Recently, the neighborhood just west of Broad Street known as Francisville is on the rise, with several vacant and blighted properties being converted into a mix of affordable housing and upscale market-rate […]

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APA Conference 2016 Highlights

April 8, 2016 / Comments Off on APA Conference 2016 Highlights

[View the story “APA National Conference 2016 – Emerging trends, highlights, and the future of planning” on Storify]  

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Open Access PHL Meetup: Stronger Neighborhoods

April 6, 2016 / Comments Off on Open Access PHL Meetup: Stronger Neighborhoods

On April 1, Philadelphian thinkers, planners, data enthusiasts, and civic leaders met for the monthly Open Access PHL meeting. The convening’s focus was on neighborhood development and revitalization, which brought a diverse set of speakers – Ellen Weber, Lee Huang, Saleem Chapman, Omar Woodard.

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The Economic Case for Fixing Blight

March 25, 2016 / Comments Off on The Economic Case for Fixing Blight

Vacancy and blight can be found corroding property values and the quality of life of neighborhood residents. There are many housing studies that measure the impacts of such negative circumstances occurring in a neighborhood. For example, many papers have evaluated the neighborhood impact of foreclosures, which are a major cause of vacancy and blight. It is […]

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Water Watch

March 17, 2016 / Comments Off on Water Watch

Water – The New Oil ? In 2008, while doing some personal visioning for my financial future, I compiled a list of stocks that were proving to be ‘quiet giants’ and were becoming a type of international utility. Water companies such as Suez caught my eye. Suez had already stated to acquire US-based water management companies. […]

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How Kitchen Incubators are Changing the Economy

March 11, 2016 / Comments Off on How Kitchen Incubators are Changing the Economy

The Rise of Kitchen Incubators What comes to mind when you think of shared incubators? For many of us, it conjures up an image of an old warehouse or downtown office facility used to serve as a low-cost, collaborative space for entrepreneurs and businesses. But there’s more sophistication to it than that. There’s an emerging […]

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