Light Reads: Thanksgiving 2023

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, Econsult Solutions wishes to show its appreciation! We would like to thank our colleagues and clients for their support and trust, and look forward to continuing to provide the highest levels of service into the new year and beyond. To celebrate the holiday, we have prepared a list of light reads that include recent articles and reports produced by ESI, along with fun events happening in the Philadelphia region over the long weekend, and the latest current events.

The Latest from Present Value

The Case for Lowering the Voting Age – Jessica Yu & Maggie Jiang

Moving Cities: Montreal – Lechuan Huang

The Importance of Down-Ballot Races – John LaVaccare

Why Leadership Programs Like GPLEX are Good for Economic and Civic Vitality – Frank Robinson

The Impact of Predictive Policing – Patrick Darcy & Samriddhi Khare


Recently Completed Projects

Opportunity Lives Here: An Economic Development Master Plan for Delaware’s Three Rivers Area

The Economic and Social Impact of the University of Minnesota Twin Cities Athletics

The Economic, Environmental and Public Health Impacts of the Trans Canada Trail


Thanksgiving Reading List

How the “Lock-in Effect” is Helping Shape Today’s Housing Market

Surveillance: We’re All Just Avatars in Microsoft’s AI World

The Electric Revolution Is Coming for Your Lawn Mower

CHOP continues King of Prussia expansion with $24.5M office building purchase

Amtrak’s 30th Street Station redevelopment price swells to $550M, timeline pushed back 


Activities, Shopping, Dining

Check out the hottest new restaurants in Philadelphia this Fall from the curated list, courtesy of Visit Philly.

Support small businesses on Small Business Saturday.

The Thanksgiving Day Parade is returning with it’s best floats to town.

Finally, here are 35 other things to possibly do this holiday.


Charitable Causes

ACCT Philadelphia provides temporary shelter for the family member we cannot forget about, our furry friends.

South Philadelphia Community Fridge provides access to fresh and healthy food to people in need throughout the community.

In the spirit of giving, discover worthy charitable causes and learn how to give back on Giving Tuesday.

Philadelphia Magazine has also put together a list of possible volunteering opportunities.



Maggie Jiang | [email protected]

Maggie Jiang is a current third year student attending Drexel University working as an intern with the Business Development & Marketing team at ESI. She anticipates graduating in 2026 with a degree in marketing.




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