Morning Headlines: Which Neighborhoods Are Hot, and Which Are Not?

Screenshot of Gentrifying Philly map via Technical.ly Philly.

Screenshot of Gentrifying Philly map via Technical.ly Philly.

Code for Philly — a community of web developers and “hacker citizenry, dedicated to re-imagining City government through civic apps” –has a new map showing which Philadelphia neighborhoods have seen an increase and decrease in new projects between 2007 and 2013.

It’s an interesting visual of sections of the city experiencing change, but the map offers some results that might seem unexpected. Jim Smiley, the map’s developer, gives the example of Brewerytown: In 2012, construction permits numbered at 265. The next year, 131 new permits were filed. Percentage-wise, the drop was 50%, making the neighborhood go from being colored red hot (a sign of revitalization) to a dim blue (little to none). But Brewerytown is still seen as a neighborhood in transition, isn’t it?


Below is a table of the neighborhoods with the most construction permits in 2013.

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Gentrifying Philly: This map shows neighborhoods undergoing change [Technical.ly Philly]

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  • Antoinette Marie J

    Finally! Despite the local media’s obsession with portraying Point Breeze as a gridlock neighborhood for development approvals, the data shows the consistency of construction (i.e. resident demands & market indicators) in Point Breeze. This shows how much drama sells for headlines, but the truth comes out in construction permits, sale prices and volume, and all of the other glorious data that can be used to show how Philadelphia is changing. If you’re interested in exploring data for the 5 county region, down to municipality, try the Metro Philadelphia Indicators Project’s database http://mpip.temple.edu/exploredata/, it’s fun to play with for those who aren’t hackers or GIS pros.

  • Alon Abramson

    these neighborhoods aren’t comparable by land area/number of properties, so the table giving total # of permits is a bit misleading at best… Changes in # are definitely telling, so the map is pretty interesting and sort of useful.

  • Greg

    This map doesn’t tell most of the story if it’s only based on construction permits. What about all the renovation work that is done that either does not require a permit or where owners do not apply for one (as is often the case in Philly)? Building permits probably mostly apply to new construction or developers who apply based on the amount of renovation.