covid-19

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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Time for Universities to Step Up

August 7, 2020 / Comments Off on Time for Universities to Step Up

They say every crisis is an opportunity. But you could excuse the higher ed sector for being able to embrace this truism, swamped as it is with the financial pain, logistical burden, and overall uncertainty inflicted upon it by COVID-19. Amid the struggle to adjust budgets, plan for re-opening, and stay in touch with students […]

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