The Philadelphia research initiative produces in-depth, data-driven reports on some of the major issues facing Philadelphia for the benefit of decision makers, news media and the public at large. In addition, the Initiative produces shorter briefing papers that illuminate front-and-center issues in a timely fashion. When possible, reports describe the conditions and policy approaches in comparable cities. Reports always strive to include viewpoints of key stakeholders and never promote a predetermined policy agenda.
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Philadelphia’s residential building boom continued in 2015, slowing a bit but staying at a historically high level. Read More
For all communities, but especially for post-industrial cities such as Philadelphia, increasing the number of residents is necessary to expand the local economy, broaden the tax base to support infrastructure, and draw new employers seeking a skilled workforce. Read More
Philadelphia’s City Council, with the arrival of five new members this month, looks notably different from five years ago, when The Pew Charitable Trusts last examined city councils in 15 major U.S. cities. Read More