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Buildings in Philadelphia.

As COVID Drives Home Prices Higher, Crunching the Numbers on Housing Affordability

A series of sharp increases threaten to put home buying out of reach for many Philadelphians, writes Kevin C. Gillen, a senior research fellow with the Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation.
Masked members signing up for a charity event.

For the Nonprofit Sector, the Pandemic Offers Lessons in Resilience

Adaptability, partnerships, diversity and putting a sense of mission above all else are some of the key components of a successful rebound from COVID-19, writes Bruce Melgary, senior fellow at Drexel’s Lenfest Center for Cultural Partnerships.
A group strolls by MacAlister Hall on Drexel's University City Campus during a "Walking Tour Weekend!" event in April 2021. Photo credit: Jeff Fusco.

As Campuses Return to Normal, Will College Administrators Heed the Lessons of COVID?

With public trust in higher education eroding, universities must ask if they've truly met their responsibilities to students, faculty, and society at large, writes President John Fry and former head of the Department of History Scott Gabriel Knowles, PhD, in this “Rebuilding Philly” article originally published in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

The Fairmont Dam in the Schuylkill Rowing Basine.

Spurred by the Pandemic, a Renewed Call to Protect the City’s Waterways

We cannot ignore any stress points on Philly's streams and rivers, like urban runoff, abandoned industrial sites, and more, writes the Academy of Natural Sciences’ Roland Wall in this “Rebuilding Philly” article originally published in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Mature counselor listens compassionately to unrecognizable female client.

Using COVID-19 as a Moment to Reboot Our Sense of Empathy in Civil Discourse

Let’s not forget that diversity’s value lies in its ability to expose us to different ideas and different people, writes Pennoni Honors College Dean Paula Marantz Cohen, PhD, in this “Rebuilding Philly” article originally published in the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Eakins Oval in the summer.

Looking to the Arts and Culture Community as a Source of Civic Healing

Besides its multibillion-dollar economic impact, a robust arts infrastructure fosters neighborhoods with more social cohesion and greater community engagement, Associate Professor Andrew Zitcer writes in this essay originally published in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Dark clouds pack the skies over the aging Philadelphia Police department (PPD) headquarters, nicknamed the Roundhouse in Center City Philadelphia, PA on June 17, 2019.

Charles Ramsey: I’ve Led Two of the Nation’s Largest Police Departments. Here Are Six Steps to Make Law Enforcement Fairer and More Equitable.

Solving the equity issues confronting the criminal justice system goes beyond matters of funding, writes former distinguished visiting fellow of Drexel’s Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation Charles H. Ramsey, who served as the commissioner of the Philadelphia Police Department.
30th Street Station in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Officially William H. Gray III 30th Street Station, is an intermodal transit station in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

7 Dream Projects to Improve Philly Under the New Infrastructure Bill

In the past, Philadelphia had to fight for our share of a shrinking pot of funds. This time, the money is there for the asking, writes Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation Executive Director Harris M. Steinberg in this essay originally published in the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Evening traffic on the streets of Philadelphia. Downtown and City Hall in background.

After the 2020 Protests, Let’s Reimagine Urban Green Space as a Way to Promote Social Justice

There is a growing recognition that social justice is also environmental justice and health justice. Those goals can all be achieved in the redesign of physical spaces, writes College of Engineering Professor Franco Montalto, PhD, in this “Rebuilding Philly” essay.
A sign on a window reading "Sorry we're closed."

Bolstering Commercial Corridors Is a Vital Part of Rebounding From COVID-19

As small retailers close, the commercial corridors they occupy face the prospect of a downward spiral, and the impact is most likely to be greater in poorer communities, Richardson Dilworth, PhD, head and professor in Drexel’s Department of Politics, wrote in a “Rebuilding Philly” essay.
A protest sign reads "Fight today for a better tomorrow."

Let’s Start Crafting Environmental Policy Through an Anti-Racist Lens

Pursuing equity and sustainability together requires a dramatic shift in thinking, Drexel’s Gwen Ottinger and Jennifer Britton wrote in this “Rebuilding Philly” essay.
Cars lined up at the drive-through testing site in South Philadelphia outside Citizens Bank Park.

For the City’s Public Health Infrastructure, Key Lessons From the Pandemic

The spread of COVID-19 illustrated yet again how systemic racism, in its many manifestations, profoundly shapes the health of Black people and people of color in our city, writes the School of Public Health’s Ana V. Diez Roux in this “Rebuilding Philly” essay originally published in The Philadelphia Inquirer.