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Financing Creative Placemaking


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46th & Market Sts. Opportunity Zone Investment Prospectus

aerial image of 46th and Market Sts. in West Philadelphia

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A Vision for the Lower Schuylkill

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Richard Florida releases inaugural Philadelphia Fellowship report

Richard Florida at Smart City Expo: World Congress

The Philadelphia Fellowship was created as a collaboration of Drexel University, Thomas Jefferson University and the University City Science Center to bring scholars to the city for year-long research engagements focused on pressing urban issues. Richard Florida, PhD, was selected as the first recipient because of his groundbreaking research on urban demographic changes and his books, The Rise of the Creative Class and The New Urban Crisis. 

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Nowak Metro Finance Lab 

Drexel has honored Jeremy Nowak's legacy by creating the Nowak Metro Finance Lab, a new initiative he was working to launch to explore ways of financing what he called the inclusive city.The lab’s founding director is Bruce Katz, Jeremy’s friend, co-author of their recent book, The New Localism: How Cities Can Thrive in the Age of Populism, and a renowned urban expert who brings more than 30 years’ experience and expertise in urban governance and finance with the Brookings Institution, the U.S. Senate and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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The New Localism

Pittsburgh skyline at night, shown as a case study in The New Localism

In their new book, The New Localism: How Cities Can Thrive in the Age of Populism, co-authors Jeremy Nowak and Bruce Katz describe how power is shifting in the world from national governments and states to cities and metropolitan communities.

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Art @ Bartram's

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The Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation worked with the Mural Arts Program of Philadelphia and Historic Bartram’s Garden to create Art@Bartram’s, a vision for the next piece of the Schuylkill River trail.

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Transatlantic Cities Forum: Re-Envisioning Philadelphia's Industrial Spaces

The Forum was hosted by The German Marshall Fund of the United States, in collaboration with the Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation at Drexel University and with the support of the William Penn Foundation. 

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Urban Innovation Fellowship

Lindy Institute Urban Innovation Summit workshop view of Innovation Fellow Michael O'Bryan

The Lindy Urban Innovation Fellowship enables the Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation to recognize the extraordinary work that Philadelphians are doing to solve critical urban challenges. The Institute's 2018 Urban Innovation Fellows are Priya Mammen, Michael O'Bryan and Chris Spahr.

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Urban Innovation Summit

The annual Urban Innovation Summit tackles vexing urban challenges using real-world projects identified by Lindy’s cohort of Urban Innovation Fellows while leveraging Drexel’s unique interdisciplinary approach to urban problem solving.

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Catalyzing Community Capacity

Parklet in University City

In 2018, The Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation began to study community-created and stewarded interventions like parklets, pedestrian plazas and bicycle corrals, and the processes by which they are created. The resulting report, Catalyzing Community Capacity, was released in September 2019.

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Women Led Cities

Women Led Cities logo over image of Dilworth Plaza in Philadelphia

Women Led Cities, a trailblazing initiative bringing women’s voices to the forefront of urbanism, aims to achieve a greater level of equity in urban planning and design and engage citizens in developing feminist city policy towards greater equality for all people. Inequity in design isn't just about representation, it impacts how women and girls live, travel, and thrive in urban environments.


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Housing Reports

Each quarter, Kevin Gillen, PhD produces reports on the current state of the region's housing market. Currently, he produces three separate reports each quarter, covering Philadelphia county, the Philadelphia Region and the Jersey Shore, respectively.

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COVID-19 Research Reports

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