covid-19

Expert Views: Post-Pandemic Trends in Cities

November 13, 2020 / Comments Off on Expert Views: Post-Pandemic Trends in Cities

As city leaders around the world continue to cope with the impacts of COVID-19, they are also assessing which will remain with us in a post-pandemic world. Repercussions of the health crisis, including recession, high unemployment, and the new urban exodus, have highlighted weaknesses and underscore why leaders need to improve public health and other […]

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Perspectives on Economic Development Initiatives and Strategies in the Age of COVID-19

October 9, 2020 / Comments Off on Perspectives on Economic Development Initiatives and Strategies in the Age of COVID-19

How our cities and communities will recover post-COVID-19 is obviously a hot topic. Because ESI and our Senior Advisors have such a wide range of expertise, we wanted to give them a chance to share their perspectives on economic development initiatives and strategies. Participating in this Q&A is ESI’s Senior Vice President and Principal Gina […]

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Restaurants in the Age of COVID-19: How Does Philadelphia Stack Up?

October 7, 2020 / Comments Off on Restaurants in the Age of COVID-19: How Does Philadelphia Stack Up?

Philadelphia’s restaurant industry is a core part of the city’s identity. With nationally recognized chefs including Nicholas Elmi (Laurel, and a past Top Chef winner), Cristina Martínez (South Philly Barbacoa), and Marc Vetri (Vetri Restaurants), Philly can hold its own against the likes of NYC and LA. Then there’s Michael Solomonov and Steve Cook’s Zahav, […]

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Higher education financial strategies

A Guide to Higher Education Expansions, Contractions, Additions, and Consolidations

September 30, 2020 / Comments Off on A Guide to Higher Education Expansions, Contractions, Additions, and Consolidations

Recently, Lee Huang, President and Principal of ESI and head of ESI’s Higher Education Practice Area, caught up with some of our thought leaders in the higher ed space to ask them some of the most critical questions facing the industry. This exert includes Lloyd Russow’s full response.   Lloyd, you’ve helped your own institution […]

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A Mid-Pandemic Look at the Philadelphia Housing Index

August 28, 2020 / Comments Off on A Mid-Pandemic Look at the Philadelphia Housing Index

The last time we featured the Philadelphia Housing Index (PHI) in a Present Value blog post, we were in simpler times—back in February and talking about the future trajectory of the Far Northeast. It is not news to point out the substantial slowdown in home sales on account of COVID-19’s disruption or the slower pace […]

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Music Venues in the Age of COVID and Beyond

August 21, 2020 / Comments Off on Music Venues in the Age of COVID and Beyond

A few months ago, we focused on the implications for our cities’ nightlife scenes as a result of halted operations due to social distancing during the pandemic. Back in April, we knew there would be far reaching implications for workers and business owners running restaurants, bars, and venues, even as they have begun operating at […]

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