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 is home to a large number and wide variety of buildings that qualify as historic sacred places, which, for this report, are defined as those constructed as houses of worship before 1965, regardless of whether they are currently used in that way. The research found that 839 historic sacred places (HSPs) were still standing in 2015 and early 2016, one for roughly every 1,900 city... Read More
Neighborhood change of any kind can threaten the stability of historic sacred places (HSPs). Rising poverty and declining quality of life often have a negative impact on religious buildings and the stability of the congregations that occupy them. But the same is true for the sort of rapid, upscale change often labeled as gentrification. Read More
Traveling around Philadelphia, you may notice buildings that look like houses of worship but have become something else altogether. Read More