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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


Mapping Banking Data

Demonstrating the Banking Industry’s Affects on Communities ESI Senior Vice President Lee Huang’s op-ed, How Neighborhoods Could Lose if Trump Succeeds in Rolling Back Bank Reforms, published in Next City demonstrates how reduced access to data could be detrimental to communities... >read more


Step By Step: A Guide to How ESI Uses ESRI

The first edition of the Step-by-Step series demonstrated how ESI uses R for data manipulation and graphing. This step in the series will show you one for economic analyses and forecasts. ESRI Business Analyst is an extremely powerful tool that allows us to gather data... >read more


The Dimensions of Philadelphia’s Democratic Primaries

Elections can be challenging to model. Philadelphia, in a Democratic primary, has 66 wards, over 100 candidates, and thousands of issues. And wards, candidates, and issues don’t exactly wear signs that declare what “type” they are. We broadly talk about “party”... >read more


The Economy Under Trump: What to Expect?

ESI Principal and President Richard Voith recently gave a presentation for Manko Gold Katcher & Fox, an Environment and Energy Law Practice, outlining the impact President Trump’s administration will have on the economy, specifically in Philadelphia. Here are his key takeaways. With... >read more


Turning Fiscal Impact Analysis Upside Down

Over the last year, our Community Data Analytics (CDA) team has been busy presenting this groundbreaking methodology to assess development-related impacts to a larger audience and demonstrating how our data products can help make better planning decisions. As part of this... >read more