Quality of Place

What Tuesday’s Election Could Tell Us About Philadelphia’s Political Future

November 4, 2022 / Comments Off on What Tuesday’s Election Could Tell Us About Philadelphia’s Political Future

Post updated November 15 with new unofficial election data from the 2022 gubernatorial and U.S. Senate races, as well as an analysis at the bottom of the post.  The most recent presidential election found Philadelphia at the center of the American political universe. For days after the election, the nation’s attention was glued to the […]

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SEPTA Key Advantage Update: Institutional Pass Program Expansion

October 14, 2022 / Comments Off on SEPTA Key Advantage Update: Institutional Pass Program Expansion

Earlier this month, SEPTA made a few big announcements about the new Key Advantage program. If you haven’t yet learned about the new initiative that’s part of a broader strategy for an inclusive post-pandemic plan for the region, Key Advantage is SEPTA’s new institutional pass program. It allows institutions to purchase passes for all their […]

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The Future of Sustainability at Universities

September 27, 2022 / Comments Off on The Future of Sustainability at Universities

Here at ESI, we’ve long amplified the point that universities and hospitals have huge economic footprints, and that the employment hubs, procurement opportunities, and tax revenue generation they represent emerge from and are driven by the fulfillment of their deepest institutional missions. It is also true that these large-scale institutions have huge environmental footprints, and […]

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Universities and Hospitals Rubrics

September 9, 2022 / Comments Off on Universities and Hospitals Rubrics

University Environmental Scans in an Era of Unprecedented Uncertainty Demand is up for university environmental scans because institutions need to understand the shifting landscape in which they compete. Soaring student loan debt has caused students, families, and lawmakers alike to relitigate the value proposition and financial mechanics of paying for a four-year degree. A proliferation […]

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Smart Water Management and the Future of Cities with Dr. Allison Lassiter

August 26, 2022 / Comments Off on Smart Water Management and the Future of Cities with Dr. Allison Lassiter

Climate change poses challenging and potentially catastrophic disruptions with rising sea levels and consequential flooding in coastal communities around the world. Our already strained and vulnerable water systems will need to be restructured as we think about how to better prepare our cities for climate adaptation. Today in Present Value, we had the opportunity to […]

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ESI Center for the Future of Cities Research Agenda

August 22, 2022 / Comments Off on ESI Center for the Future of Cities Research Agenda

Evidence-based research on the most pressing issues facing cities ESI Center for the Future of Cities brings together experts in urban economics, policy, and strategy to craft new evidence-based research on the most important issues facing cities around the world, and to provide consulting services for public and private sector organizations working in urban settings. […]

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