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Permitting for New Construction Strong in Kensington and Point Breeze During the Pandemic

May 7, 2021 / Comments Off on Permitting for New Construction Strong in Kensington and Point Breeze During the Pandemic

For this month’s Philadelphia Housing Index (PHI) blog post, we took a look at new construction permit data from Philadelphia’s Department of Licenses and Inspection to see how Philadelphia’s development pipeline performed during the COVID-19 pandemic and which neighborhoods showed the most construction permitting activity in the past year. We filtered the data to examine […]

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Mastercard Shadow Economy

October 28, 2020 / Comments Off on Mastercard Shadow Economy

The shadow economy, sometimes called the informal or underground economy, comprises economic activity that takes place outside of formal channels—generally to avoid governmental scrutiny and taxation—and is not included in the officially calculated gross national product (GNP). It results in significant social, economic, cultural, and political challenges. To better understand the impact of the show economy […]

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Driving ROI Through AI: Is the Buzz Around AI Justified?

September 18, 2020 / Comments Off on Driving ROI Through AI: Is the Buzz Around AI Justified?

Artificial intelligence (AI) is spurring the next wave of the digital revolution. As we enter the cognitive age, forward-looking companies are using AI to transform every aspect of their business—from customer engagement and R&D to cybersecurity and back-office operations. For these firms, AI is more than a technology, it is a new way of doing […]

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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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Looking at a Less Frequently Explored Philadelphia Neighborhood: The Far Northeast

February 7, 2020 / Comments Off on Looking at a Less Frequently Explored Philadelphia Neighborhood: The Far Northeast

As far as Philadelphia neighborhoods go, the Far Northeast often goes unmentioned when talking about economic development or real estate activity. But as an urban planner (and someone who spent their formative years living there), I thought it would be worth focusing an edition of our Philadelphia Housing Index (PHI) Present Value blog on some […]

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North Philadelphia Neighborhoods on the Edge of the City’s Redevelopment Boom

October 18, 2019 / Comments Off on North Philadelphia Neighborhoods on the Edge of the City’s Redevelopment Boom

If you’ve been following our Philadelphia Housing Index (PHI) posts, you may have noticed one neighborhood we have not spent a lot of time talking about has been Brewerytown. But in the last 2 years, this neighborhood has seen a significant rise in its PHI and growth in the home sales activity that it’s worth […]

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