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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Of all the numbers that tell the story of Philadelphia today, one stands out as an unambiguous expression of confidence in the city's future. Last year, developers received building permits for 2,815 units of new residential housing, the most approved in a decade. Those units are worth an estimated $465 million, the highest annual amount on record. Investors appear to be betting that... Read More
The size of Philadelphia's middle class has essentially stabilized in the past decade after a period of prolonged decline, according to an analysis by the Pew Charitable Trusts of current and past data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Read More