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Regional Direction
May 5th 2021

Stop-And-Frisk in Philadelphia's Changing Neighborhoods

This Leading Indicator is derived from a capstone paper written by Christion Smith, an intern at the Economy League and a candidate for a Master’s Degree in Geographic Information Systems at Temple University.   Philadelphia has not been immune to gentrification, which is defined as an influx... Read More
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April 21st 2021

Philadelphia’s Looming Housing Affordability Crisis – Part 4

In the final piece of our housing affordability series of 2021, we detail home values and rent burden within and across Philadelphia’s neighborhoods.   Key Takeaways Areas in proximity to the city’s colleges, universities, specialized schools, and hospitals fared worst on housing... Read More
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April 7th 2021

Philadelphia’s Looming Housing Affordability Crisis – Part 3

In our last Leading Indicator, we compared Philadelphia’s housing affordability with other similarly sized U.S. cities and the nation. For this issue, we take a closer look at how Philadelphia’s housing affordability differs among different racial and ethnic residential populations.   Key... Read More
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March 24th 2021

Philadelphia’s Looming Housing Affordability Crisis – Part 2

In our last Leading Indicator, we detailed the growing gap between household incomes, home values, and rent in Philadelphia. For this issue, we take a closer look at how Philadelphia’s housing affordability compares with other similarly sized U.S. cities and the nation as a whole.   Key... Read More
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March 10th 2021

Philadelphia’s Looming Housing Affordability Crisis – Part 1

As Diana Lind argues in her recent book Brave New Home, traditional housing in the United States is becoming increasingly inaccessible and unaffordable. Young people—such as Millennials—and historically excluded populations—such as communities of color and recent immigrants—are finding it more... Read More
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February 24th 2021

Philadelphia’s Persistent Income Inequality: A 2019 Data Update

Aligned with the Economy League’s mission to promote equity and shared prosperity in Greater Philadelphia, we continue our coverage of income inequality in Philadelphia using updated estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau.   Key Takeaways: Black households made up 55.8 percent of all... Read More
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February 10th 2021

Some Thoughts about the Falling Poverty Rate Among Black Philadelphians

In a previous Leading Indicator – detailing the changing distribution of poverty in Philadelphia – we found that the proportion of Black Philadelphians living in poverty in 2019 was at its lowest since 2005. In this Leading Indicator, we explore some possible causes of the decline in poverty among... Read More
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January 27th 2021

The Road to Recovery: Greater Philadelphia’s Professional and Business Services Industry

In our second installment of our Road to Recovery series, we take a closer look at Greater Philadelphia’s professional and business services industry - a super-sector that includes all professional, scientific, and technical activities, management and administrative work, consulting and secondary... Read More
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January 13th 2021

The Road to Recovery: Greater Philadelphia’s Accommodation and Food Services Sector

In past data briefs, we detailed the direct and long-lasting impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on various sectors of Greater Philadelphia’s economy. For our first Leading Indicator of 2021, we continue our analysis of the metropolitan region’s various industries but with an eye towards recovery. In... Read More
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December 16th 2020

The Changing Distribution of Poverty in Philadelphia

In its last session of 2020, Philadelphia's City Council passed legislation aligned with its Poverty Action Plan. Whether providing relief or job security for Black and brown service industry workers or restructuring the ten-year real estate tax abatement, many of these measures aim to lift... Read More
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