The Housing Opportunity Hidden in Plain Sight

When it comes to finding more affordable homes for their residents, Drexel’s Metro Finance Head says, cities should look at current housing stock, offer incentives — and move fast.

By Bruce Katz and Andrew Gibbs

Development for Good: Philly Workforce Homes

Two Center City brothers expand their luxury real estate portfolio with low-profit, high-satisfaction housing for Philadelphia’s working class

By Courtney DuChene

Guest Commentary: Urban Doom Loop … Really?

A story in the Wall Street Journal last week singled Philly out for having an empty office district. The head of the Center City District wonders: Do facts even matter anymore?

By Paul R. Levy

The Rental Market Sucks

And it will keep getting worse, Drexel Metro Finance head argues, unless government responds

By Bruce Katz and Ben Preis

Turning Offices Into Homes

Nearly half of all Center City office space is vacant, while the need for available housing persists. Drexel’s Metro Finance head offers lessons from other cities on how to bridge that gap

By Bruce Katz

Ideas We Should Steal: Boosting Neighborhood Commercial Corridors

A $185 million effort in Detroit is jumpstarting equitable development and increasing population in the city’s neighborhoods. Drexel’s Metro Finance head on what Philly can learn from the program

By Bruce Katz

The Citizen Recommends: Placemaking and Economic Growth

The next in our Development … for Good series in partnership with Fitler Club and Drexel’s Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation features Connor Barwin, Jerry Sweeney and other investors in our city’s public realm

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

Guest Commentary: How the Next Mayor can Make Vacant Land Work for Philly

The Land Bank law makes it easy for the city to buy up foreclosed properties. A former city official on how that could be a tool for community-minded development

By John Kromer