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ESI Blog

The economic case for fixing blight

Vacancy and blight can be found corroding property values and the quality of life of neighborhood residents. There are many housing studies that measure the impacts of such negative circumstances occurring in a neighborhood. For example, many papers have evaluated the... >read more


Water Watch

Water – The New Oil ? In 2008, while doing some personal visioning for my financial future, I compiled a list of stocks that were proving to be ‘quiet giants’ and were becoming a type of international utility. Water companies such... >read more


Moving Cities: Denver

Last spring, people from around the world came to Denver for the 4/20 celebration of the one year anniversary of Colorado’s decision to make marijuana use legal. The 4/20 event was one that could not have been dreamed about 25... >read more


Moving Cities: Bangkok

This is the first post of a series titled Moving Cities, which is dedicated to exploring the vast diversity of cities and how their transit systems shape them. It will examine the organizational structure of transit in relation to the city,... >read more


Is Philly Ready for Climate Change?

Just two months into the new year, Philadelphia has already experienced a near-record weather event – the January 23 snowstorm that brought 22 inches of snow. Philadelphia residents can expect more events like this in the future, according to a... >read more


Neighborhood Matters

Mayor Kenney has clearly, consistently, and vigorously pledged his support for  commercial investment in Philadelphia’s neighborhoods, and has expressed his commitment to work with City Council President Darrell Clarke and all of City government to make that happen. We applaud this approach... >read more


Present Value: Insights with Interest

Since ESI’s launch 3 years ago, we’ve worked on many great projects, had the privilege to meet with fascinating people and enjoyed listening to their stories. As our company has grown, we’ve been looking for ways to share some stories... >read more