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Williamsburg Downtown Vibrancy, Design & Marketing Plan

January 19, 2018 / Comments Off on Williamsburg Downtown Vibrancy, Design & Marketing Plan

In association with Group Melvin Design and The Riddle Company, Econsult Solutions, Inc. (ESI) produced a sustainable downtown marketing and design strategy for the City of Williamsburg, VA, as commissioned by the Williamsburg Economic Development Office and Planning Department. The purpose of this report was to create a sustainable and vibrate downtown through strengthening downtown’s […]

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Take part in Media Borough’s Downtown Perception Survey

August 16, 2017 / Comments Off on Take part in Media Borough’s Downtown Perception Survey

Econsult Solutions is working with JVM Studio, a Philadelphia-based placemaking firm, and The Riddle Company, a retail consulting practice from Washington, D.C., on Media Borough’s Economic Development Strategy and Implementation Plan. As part of this project, the consulting team and the Borough are seeking input from residents and local consumers about downtown retail and economic […]

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Philadelphia Housing Prices Are Up 22% in the Last 12 Months

May 19, 2017 / Comments Off on Philadelphia Housing Prices Are Up 22% in the Last 12 Months

An average Philadelphia house sold for $112K in April (these numbers are seasonally-adjusted, smoothed over time, and adjusted for housing traits), compared to $92K in April 2016. This means that prices are up 6.1% over the last quarter and a whopping 22.2% over the last year. This increase mostly represents skyrocketing demand, though it also […]

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Employment in Construction: Where are the Skilled Workers?

May 5, 2017 / Comments Off on Employment in Construction: Where are the Skilled Workers?

Over the past several years the number of employers, who have indicated that they were having trouble filling positions for skilled construction workers, has risen from reports of a few isolated cases around the country to reports of a widespread shortage in the industry. A National Epidemic The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) has […]

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Yes They Can: How Philadelphia Trade Unions Can Become Major Job Creators

April 10, 2017 / Comments Off on Yes They Can: How Philadelphia Trade Unions Can Become Major Job Creators

In the past decade, Philadelphia’s population has continued to grow, reversing over 50 years of decline from 1955–2005. The population growth has been partially fueled by costly housing markets in New York and Washington DC; rapid millennial migration; the growth of biotech, educational and medical institutions; major expansion of national firms such as Comcast; and the […]

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ESI President Richard Voith Co-authors White Paper: City and Suburbs – Has There Been a Regime Change?

June 23, 2016 / Comments Off on ESI President Richard Voith Co-authors White Paper: City and Suburbs – Has There Been a Regime Change?

ESI President and Principal, Richard Voith collaborated with Arthur Acolin, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Southern California Price School of Public Policy and Susan Wachter, Co-Director of Penn IUR and Professor of Real Estate and Finance at the Wharton School to publish a white paper for the Penn Institute for Urban Research (Penn IUR). […]

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