Philadelphia

Making Pedestrian-Only Streets a Reality in Philadelphia

May 10, 2024 / Comments Off on Making Pedestrian-Only Streets a Reality in Philadelphia

Philly needs permanent pedestrian-only streets. Not just one, but a network of protected corridors in all our neighborhoods, brimming with activity and engagement that’s family friendly and people-centric. And I have no doubt in my mind that with the right mix of public and private support, it would be fantastic. Let’s be honest, this is […]

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From the Vault: Features on Sustainability and Urban Resilience

April 26, 2024 / Comments Off on From the Vault: Features on Sustainability and Urban Resilience

In this Present Value post, we look back on thought provoking reads focused on the growing threat of climate change, the need for sustainability policies and practices, and how communities big and small are working to foster urban resilience. From the Paris Climate Agreement to the latest in EV policy trends, combatting urban heat, and building more […]

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Four Considerations When Building a Climate Resilient Economy

March 29, 2024 / Comments Off on Four Considerations When Building a Climate Resilient Economy

The notion of a climate resilient economy—an economy that can come back from shocks or stresses prompted by extreme weather events, sea level rise, and shifting ecosystems—is a central concern for this era of public policy analysts and planners. Building economic resilience in cities and municipalities in the face of climate change involves a multifaceted […]

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The Role of Regression Modeling in Assessing Economic Impacts: A Focus on Transit Premium and Housing Values

March 22, 2024 / Comments Off on The Role of Regression Modeling in Assessing Economic Impacts: A Focus on Transit Premium and Housing Values

Imagine living in a neighborhood transformed by the arrival of a new bus route or metro station, where high-capacity transit lines and stations bring everything within a short ride’s reach. Shops, schools, and workplaces are now just a quick ride away. How much more would you value living in this area? This question lies at […]

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Establishing a Best Path Forward Toward Private University-Community Relations

March 15, 2024 / Comments Off on Establishing a Best Path Forward Toward Private University-Community Relations

Private universities now understand the positive shared successes interwoven between higher education institutions and their respective municipalities. Some would say the best answer to create shared prosperity lies in Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT)—voluntary contributions from tax-exempt private nonprofits, serving as alternatives to traditional property tax obligations. Most PILOTs are paid by private universities […]

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The Forever Changing City of Philadelphia

March 8, 2024 / Comments Off on The Forever Changing City of Philadelphia

The Neighborhood of West Philadelphia  West Philadelphia is one of the city’s largest neighborhoods. It holds many of the city’s schools, hospitals, and universities. People living in the area utilize these institutions in their daily lives whether it is for work, school, or personal matters. Many residents spend their day to day in this region, […]

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