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5 Ways Philly Was Doing Well Before the Pandemic

We’ve written about quite a few Pew reports here at Philly Mag — but none compare to 2020’s, which was released on Wednesday. The report […]


Pew: Philly Gives Out $200 Million in Business Tax Breaks Every Year

In order to counteract what many see as an overly expensive and intricate business tax structure, Philadelphia has turned to tax credits and special incentives […]

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Families With Children Continue to Leave Philly, Pew Study Finds

More Philly families with school-age children are leaving the city than moving into it still, according to a new Pew Philadelphia Research Initiative analysis of migration […]


Only a Fraction of Philly Neighborhoods Have Gentrified, Pew Says

Just 15 census tracts in Philadelphia experienced gentrification between 2000 and 2014, according to a new study by the Pew Charitable Trusts. That’s only 4 […]


5 Things To Know About How We’re Living From Pew’s “State of the City” Report

Pew’s annual “State of the City” report for Philadelphia was released last week, and the updated version of 2015’s report gives a clearer picture of […]


Philly Lawmakers Are Making Even More Money Than Before

Back in 2011, the Pew Philadelphia Research Initiative studied how Philadelphia’s City Council compared to other legislatures in 14 peer cities throughout the country. At the […]

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PA Goes Easy on Charter Schools, But So Do Most States

This year, the Philadelphia School Reform Commission has moved to close four charter schools for poor academic performance. That’s unusual, and controversial. Locally and across […]