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The Philadelphia Housing Index Flattens in May

Though the Market Remains at Record Highs After a huge March and April for Philadelphia housing sales, May prices settled and the housing index remained flat. It’s important to not overreact to what could very well be noise (notice that... >read more


Main Streets Evolving and (Mostly) Thriving

Hardly a day goes by without news of a major department store, big box retailer, or popular chain store scaling back or closing its doors. Based on the pace to date, in 2017, Credit Suisse estimates that U.S. retailers will... >read more


Why City Governments Need Design

What if the City of Philadelphia had a Deputy Mayor of Design? I have been intrigued with this idea since Kyung-Won Chung served as deputy mayor and chief design officer in Seoul, South Korea from 2009-2011. It was a short-lived... >read more


Memorial Day Light Reads

The past couple of months have been filled with running errands and endless to-do lists, but now it’s finally time for you to kick back and enjoy the unofficial start of the summer. Whether you’re traveling, soaking up some sun... >read more


Mapping the Results of the 2017 Primary Election

ESI Director Jonathan Tannen simulated his predictions for the outcomes of the 2017 Philadelphia Primary Election in Present Value last week. Now the results are in. Below are the maps Jonathan generated once the votes were tallied. Thank you to those... >read more


Simulating the Court of Common Pleas Election

The 2017 Philadelphia Primary election is May 16th. In prior posts, we’ve looked into the dynamics of an often-overlooked race: judges for the Court of Common Pleas. In a few short days, voters will elect judges to serve ten-year terms... >read more


An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

Basically everyone knows that I love apples. But anyone who really knows me knows my absolute favorite type of apple. While I regularly eat an ordinary Gala or Fuji apple, no type stands a chance against the humongous crispy yellow... >read more


Step By Step: A Guide on How ESI Uses CARTO

The two first posts in our Step-by-Step series demonstrated how ESI uses R for data manipulation and graphing and ESRI to map the economics and demographics of a select geographic area. This third installment will show you how we use CARTO, a GIS and web... >read more