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Regional Direction
July 8th 2020

Color of Inequality Part 5: Health Disparities in Communities of Color

The disproportionate hospitalization and deaths of Black and Latinx individuals during the COVID-19 pandemic stems from a legacy of inequitable access to medical treatment and care within the U.S. healthcare system. In this Color of Inequality, we examine some of the social determinants of health... Read More
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Regional Direction
July 1st 2020

MasterCard's Inclusive Growth Score

The Greater Philadelphia Metropolitan Region is rich in data. Numerous public and private organizations and agencies collect and share various forms of data that “data-translating” organizations—like the Economy League—use to analyze metrics of inclusive growth, equitable opportunities, and shared... Read More
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Regional Direction
June 24th 2020

Color of Inequality Part 4: Barriers to Sustainable Employment for Workers of Color

In Philadelphia and across the country, race is too often a predictor of the scope and breadth of challenges people face when connecting to employment opportunities. Educational attainment, the digital divide, lack of access to reliable transportation, and barriers associated with a criminal record... Read More
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Regional Direction
June 17th 2020

The Color of Inequality 3: Structural Racism and Public Education

The landmark 1954 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education deemed the “separate but equal” system of racial segregation unconstitutional. Despite this momentous legal victory, most school districts in the United States have remained woefully segregated. In this week’s Color of... Read More
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Regional Direction
June 12th 2020

The Color of Inequality Part 2: Race, Place, and Crime

From the days of Frank Rizzo’s controversial tenure as Philadelphia Police Commissioner from 1968-1971 to the notorious 1985 MOVE bombing by Philadelphia police to contemporary City Council debates on defunding the police department, the relationship between Black Philadelphians and the criminal... Read More
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Regional Direction
June 4th 2020

The Color of Inequality Part 1: Housing and the Built Environment

AUTHORS' NOTE: As the country was buckling under the weight of the COVID-19 pandemic, the widely broadcast killing of an unarmed Black man, George Floyd, by a white Minneapolis police officer along with Amy Cooper's threatening use of police force to confront Christian Cooper in Central Park... Read More
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Regional Direction
May 28th 2020

COVID-19: The Real Retail Apocalypse?

With the potential for numerous “nonessential” store re-openings in the coming months, we look at the size and composition of Philadelphia’s retail industry and reveal the impact of the pandemic’s lockdown since mid-March.   Key Takeaways As of 2019, retail employment accounts for 7.8... Read More
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Regional Direction
May 20th 2020

Greater Philadelphia’s Healthcare Industry and the COVID-19 Pandemic

Greater Philadelphia’s large and robust healthcare industry has long been a vital economic asset. The centrality of this sector has only been amplified during the public health crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. While many healthcare workers have been deemed essential personnel during this... Read More
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Business Growth
May 13th 2020

Institutional Spend and the Potential for Small & Diverse Business Recovery after the Pandemic

Eds-and-Meds Spending is Large, but More Could be Localized According to data compiled and analyzed by the City Controller’s Office in 2015, the 34 universities and hospitals located in Philadelphia collectively spend roughly $5.3 billion on goods and services annually, but—at least in... Read More
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Regional Direction
May 6th 2020

Philadelphia's Construction Restart During the Pandemic

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Philadelphia was in the midst of a construction boom. However, with Governor Wolf’s March 20 order to shut down most construction sites in Pennsylvania, the bulk of the city’s construction activity ground to a halt. This had serious implications for... Read More
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