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A Plan for Philadelphia: Reconciliation, Recovery, Resilience

“Rebuilding Philly: Perspectives on How the City can Recover from the Pandemic” is a series of expert essays published jointly by Drexel and The Philadelphia Inquirer in late 2021. The Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation reached out to a diverse group of thinkers at Drexel University to imagine a plan for economic recovery, racial equity, and a sustained resilience for Philadelphia. The series will be published on a rolling schedule through the end of the year here on DrexelNow and on a select basis in The Inquirer.

Philadelphia continues to grapple with the magnitude of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and the civic unrest following the murder of George Floyd. Well before the pandemic the city was struggling. But the pandemic set our racial economic equity gaps in stark relief — making clear the different worlds that white and Black and brown Americans lived in. From this turmoil also sprang innovation and an expanded sense of opportunity. The essays in this series are a snapshot of conversations growing out of the spring and summer of 2020, representing the beginning of the framing of a path forward.

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