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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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Reimagining the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

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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

Aerial of the PES Site


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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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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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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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Past Projects

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