Thought Leadership

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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Expert Views: A Conversation with Gina Lavery on the Climate Resilience Index

May 3, 2024 / Comments Off on Expert Views: A Conversation with Gina Lavery on the Climate Resilience Index

In celebration of the release of the Climate Resilience Index our team has produced, I interviewed Gina Lavery, Senior Vice President and Principal of Econsult Solutions and head of ESI Center for the Future of Cities, to discuss this innovative resource and the intention behind it. As the impacts of climate change become more apparent […]

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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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Expensive Eggs and Rising Gas Prices: How Does Inflation Help Me Pay My Mortgage?

April 12, 2024 / Comments Off on Expensive Eggs and Rising Gas Prices: How Does Inflation Help Me Pay My Mortgage?

Inflation – a general rise in the price of all the things we buy – is a constant topic in the news, and no wonder: when the price of food, fuel, housing, and other things we purchase goes up, it gets harder to buy the things we want and need. And if you have debt […]

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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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A Look at 15-Minute Cities

February 23, 2024 / Comments Off on A Look at 15-Minute Cities

Coined by Carlos Moreno, an associate professor at the Sorbonne Business School in Paris, the concept of 15-minute cities became popularized in 2019 after Anne Hidalgo, Paris’s mayor, adopted it as policy. It was first introduced at the United Nations COP21 summit in 2015, when the Paris Agreement was adopted.   The idea recognizes that cities […]

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