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Fairmount: Tourism’s Powerful Impact on the Area

Fairmount: Tourism’s Powerful Impact on the Area

From Pope Francis’ visit in September 2015 to the Democratic National Convention in July 2016, Philadelphia has recently seen an increased number of tourists flock to the City of Brotherly Love. Each year, the city has seen a recent surge in visitors year over year, according to Visit Philadelphia. In 2015, the city had a total of 41 million […]

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Center City: A Look at The State of Our Infrastructure

Center City: A Look at The State of Our Infrastructure

For generations, Philadelphia has been a city of residents and commuters, creating a diverse city with a bustling downtown district and thriving satellite commercial centers connected by the original grid of surface streets and the newer web of interstates and expressways. Trains snake through hidden cuts in the city as buses trudge up and down […]

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South Philadelphia: Delaware River Deepening, Port Expansion Creates Concerns

South Philadelphia: Delaware River Deepening, Port Expansion Creates Concerns

As the fifth largest seaport in the United States, the port of Philadelphia and its many active facilities along the Delaware River are key contributors to the city, region and nation’s economic growth. “The regional port contributes about $7.5 billion per year and 135,000 direct and indirect jobs,” said Dennis Rockford of The Maritime Exchange […]

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North Philadelphia: Infrastructure of The Internet Highlights Digital Divide

North Philadelphia: Infrastructure of The Internet Highlights Digital Divide

Just a few feet beneath every Philadelphian exists a web of veins responsible for carrying precious information, like the oxygen carried by our blood, to and from the city.  Just as oxygen is needed by our brains to function, information, best characterized as communications, are needed by Philadelphia’s residents, government and businesses. Unlike the mast […]

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Infrastructure: A Look at Engineers Without Borders.

Infrastructure: A Look at Engineers Without Borders.

Whether it’s constructing highways, revitalizing communities or designing new methods for the treatment of water, engineers have a crucial role in the ongoing task that is the much-needed improvement of Philadelphia’s infrastructure. While most of their professional needs are met by organizations such as the National Society of Professional Engineers, many engineers devote their time to local nonprofit groups in the […]

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Infrastructure: Five Projects Commuters Need to Know About

Infrastructure: Five Projects Commuters Need to Know About

 If last year is anything to go by, then 2016 is set to be a year full of disruption for commuters in Philadelphia, even without a visit from the Pope. And with 30 projects underway and 15 more set to begin this year, the upcoming Democratic National Convention will be the least of commuter’s concern. […]

 

City Hall: New PAC Connects City Issues Through the Public Space

City Hall: New PAC Connects City Issues Through the Public Space

A few years ago, Geoff Kees Thompson created a blog, called This Old City, as a means to connecting the dots between various aspects of planning that affect the urban dwellers on a daily basis. Thompson believes many of these facets are taken for granted. And it is all connected to the public space. Thompson […]