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Step By Step: How to Create an ‘R’ Shiny App

In a previous Step By Step by my fellow analyst James Midkiff, readers were introduced to the statistical software ‘R’, and how ESI increasingly uses this resource for analyses. In this week’s post I build on what James introduced and... >read more


ESI’s Favorite Buildings in Philly

It seems as if each day passes with a new crane being erected in Philadelphia. With the city amidst a building boom, we thought it would be a good idea to reflect on some of our favorite buildings, both new... >read more


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