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Retail Revolution – or Evolution

…it’s amazing just how much you can spend sitting on your couch. As I ready for the ICSC show in New York, I am keenly aware that everything in retail is in free fall. The headlines about the market resemble those... >read more


One on One with “Mr. Multiplier”

The Community Data Analytics (CDA) team of Econsult Solutions has recently made advances in the field of demographic multipliers. In late November, the team released a series of reports including all fifty states and the District of Columbia. These reports include new... >read more


Mapping the Affordability in Philadelphia

By many measures, Philadelphia is one of the most affordable housing markets on the East Coast.  The 2017 Bloomberg Global City Housing Affordability Index ranked Philadelphia as the second most affordable city to buy or rent a house in the... >read more


Growing ‘Everybody’s Hometown’

Welcome to Media Pennsylvania, the seat of Delaware County and America’s first free trade town. It’s colloquially known as “Everybody’s Hometown” and less well known as my adopted home town. Located just 13 miles west of Philadelphia, Media is a... >read more


The Value of Competition for Regions

The big story making news in the economic development world across North America was Amazon’s recent request for proposals from regions to be the site of a brand new second headquarters (HQ2) for the giant online retailer. The RFP requested... >read more


Applying design thinking to organizational problems: a recap

On October 12, 2017 Econsult Solutions hosted, Designing organizations: Human-centered design as a tool for organizational innovation. The event, which was part of DesignPhiladelphia 2017, focused on how an organization can use the design thinking process to not only generate... >read more


City Home Prices Still on the Rise

If you watch the housing market in Philadelphia like we do, you are likely familiar with worries of when the current cycle will break. And in fact, the housing boom has been an omnipresent topic in real estate circles for... >read more


Sustainable Cities Take the Lead

With 500-year rainfalls submerging Texas, back-to-back Category 5 hurricanes destroying Caribbean islands, wildfires gripping the usually verdant Northwest, not to mention typhoons in Southeast Asia and heat waves gripping Europe, it’s easy to get dismayed about the state of our... >read more