Where do Philadelphia residents stand on major issues facing the city? How do they rate elected leaders? Is the city heading in the right or wrong direction? The Philadelphia research initiative conducts regular surveys to help answer such questions, using reputable nonpartisan pollsters who adhere to high standards of opinion research.
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In 2013, after several years of public discussion and debate, the city of Philadelphia adopted a sweeping property tax overhaul known as the Actual Value Initiative (AVI). Under AVI, the city reassessed the market value of every property in Philadelphia, changed the way individual assessments are used to calculate tax bills, and introduced programs to mitigate tax increases for some property... Read More
This report examines the Philadelphia legislative practice known as “councilmanic prerogative,” through which individual City Council members make nearly all of the land use decisions in their jurisdictions. Read More
This report examines the Community College of Philadelphia (CCP) and its effectiveness in helping Philadelphians attain higher education and marketable job skills. The study compares the college with three sets of similar institutions nationwide based on data from 2008 to 2013 and includes insights from the school’s leaders, as well as local and national higher education experts. Read More