Illustration by Gluekit (protesters: iStock; City Hall: C. Smyth/Visit Philadlephia)
Something is happening in this city.
For years, many Philadelphians took democracy for granted. A pathetic 27 percent of registered voters cast ballots in the 2015 primary race. Only 89,000 people — out of the city’s roughly 1.2 million voting-age citizens — picked our current district attorney. The fact that voters don’t even have a choice in many City Council and state legislative races, thanks to one-party rule, has long been met with a shrug. Then came November 8th. Now, protests spontaneously break out in the streets and at the airport. Every Tuesday, a group founded by seven local women airs grievances outside Senator Pat Toomey’s Center City office. If that doesn’t convince you the wind may be blowing in a different direction, consider the fact that 800 people packed a downtown church in January to talk about gerrymandering. Gerrymandering! Read more »
Philadelphia City Hall | Photo by Jeff Fusco
On Wednesday, the city announced the 21 members of its first-ever Millennial Advisory Committee.
The committee, which will meet monthly, is tasked with advising the city on policies, programs, and actions that are “affecting millennials” – or, in other words, the policies, programs, and actions that are affecting Philadelphians. Millennials are, after all, now the largest generational group in the city. Read more »
A new study claims that young adult Philadelphians are much more likely to live at home than their peers nationwide. Read more »
Hillary Clinton speaks at Temple’s Mitten Hall on Monday. | Photo: Dan McQuade
With just 50 days until the election, Hillary Clinton came to Temple today to pitch millennial voters on why she needs their votes.
“Even if you’re totally opposed to Donald Trump, you may still have questions about me,” Clinton said. “I get that and I want to do my best to answer those questions. When it comes to public service, the service part has always been easier to me than the public part. I will never be the showman my opponent is, and you know what? That’s OK with me … Any voter who’s still undecided, give us both a fair hearing,” Clinton said. “No one will work harder to make your life better. I will never stop.”
She focused on several issues that surveys show are important to young voters: She discussed her plan, developed from many of Bernie Sanders’s proposals, to offer students free tuition at public universities. And she went beyond college: “A four-year college degree shouldn’t be the only path to a good-paying job,” Clinton said. Read more »
The Penn Museum is going back to the 90s later this month.
It’s been a whirlwind couple of days for the staff at the Penn Museum. The phone has been ringing off the hook. The museum has been the top trend on Facebook. It’s the talk of the country.
The museum has not made a new discovery or acquired an ancient artifact. Instead, it’s holding a Legends of the Hidden Temple event at the museum on April 20th. The Penn Museum originally planned for 100 guests. But a crush of interest led them to up the capacity to 250. It still sold out in 48 hours.
“Institutions like ours are trying to become more relevant to various audiences,” Kate Quinn, the Penn Museum’s director of exhibitions and public programs, tells Philadelphia magazine. “We’re reaching out to a more diverse audience to help them to come into this institution and find their way whenever possible. It’s getting them in the door and exposing them into what we have. If they’re not coming just based on what we offer, then what can we offer to get them in the door?”
Quinn says no event has sold out as quickly as this one. Read more »
Photo | Brian Howard
This is a Biz Philly guest column.
Recently, Matt Burns, CEO and president of Burns Engineering, embarked on a move to new headquarters at 20th and Market Streets. As head of the 50-year-old design and management consulting company, Burns had undertaken a major move before, but this time it presented an unexpected challenge: generational issues.
Burns needed a plan that would take him 10 years into the future, spanning the length of his lease. But his older engineers wanted to keep the corner offices they had worked so hard for. They wanted big tables for blueprints and plenty of storage space for their 20-year-old files. Meanwhile the current younger employees — and those who would be recruited in the years ahead — preferred plenty of open space, natural light, and collaborative spaces instead of offices and white boards for projecting drawings. Read more »
The oldest members of the Millennial generation are now entering their 30s, by which time many young adults have begun thinking about raising children.
And as their thoughts turn in that direction, their search for a place to raise them has pointed them towards the suburbs.
That’s one of the main findings in this year’s “Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends” study, released this week by the National Association of Realtors. Read more »
This map shows where, how many, and what type of housing units were built in the Center City core in 2015, along with parts of the extended zone. Map | Center City District
Though the pace has slowed a bit from the torrid level of 2013, new housing continues to be produced in Greater Center City at a rapid clip, according to the latest Center City District report (PDF) on “Sustaining Demand for Downtown Housing.” The growth over the last three years has been driven overwhelmingly by rental housing, which accounted for 64 percent of the 1,538 new housing units completed in 2015. According to the report, the explosion in new housing production in Greater Center City—the area between the rivers from Girard Avenue to Tasker Street—is in line with both population growth and growth in demand. But to keep this demand strong, more attention will need to be paid to growing jobs, retaining younger residents, and by extension providing decent schools.
Almost all of the new housing added within the core of Center City—the original 1682 city from river to river, Vine to Pine—has been rental units: 604 of the 614 new units built in the core were apartments. Single-family residential construction has largely taken place in the “extended” Center City area, encompassing neighborhoods like Northern Liberties, Fairmount, Pennsport and Graduate Hospital. In the southern portion of the “extended” Center City, single-family homes were the single largest category of new housing built last year (209 of 438 units), while in the northern portion, apartments (382 of 924 units) edged out single-family homes (353 of 924). Read more »
Deloitte recently published its 2016 Deloitte Millennial Survey, in which it interviewed almost 8,000 millennials from 29 countries to find out how they feel about their employers, the workforce and the economy. The results read like a laundry list of millennial critiques: They want to job hop. They care more about employee relations than profits. They want to work from home. Hardly shocking.
Let’s take a look at some of the notable findings. Read more »
Councilman Mark Squilla | Photo courtesy of City Council’s Flickr
City Councilman Mark Squilla has decided to scrap his virally unpopular “Promoters Bill,” which came under fire last week from musicians, millennials and First Amendment advocates. The proposal would have required music venues to collect the names, addresses and phone numbers of performers for city police.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Tuesday that Squilla “had planned to amend the legislation, but decided it was too tainted by controversy” to carry on. “There’s been so much confusion and misinformation about the bill,” he told the newspaper, “that even if we struck that out, some people would show up to oppose it not understanding what they were opposing.”
Squilla says he’ll start from scratch on a new bill, this time while consulting the music industry. He insists that his goal all along was to ensure that every venue in the city paid an annual $100 licensing fee, including those that stream music from iPhones. Read more »