May 21, 2016 |
A new study by the Pew Charitable Trusts suggests that the gentrification of Philadelphia neighborhoods may be far less common than assumed. Only 15 of the city's 372 residential census tracts - 4 percent - gentrified between 2000 and 2014, the analysis found. Ten times as many tracts experienced significant drops in median income, as the number of residents living in poverty grew by more than 60,000. "I was a little surprised to see how few of the neighborhoods qualified as gentrified," said Larry Eichel, director of Pew's Philadelphia research initiative.
May 13, 2016 |
The long-standing custom of giving Philadelphia City Council members complete control over land use in their districts, known as councilmanic prerogative, took a beating in federal court Wednesday when a jury said it was used by a Council member to punish a political foe. Developer Ori Feibush had accused Councilman Kenyatta Johnson of blocking his attempts to buy two city-owned lots after he announced plans to run against Johnson in the 2015 Democratic...
May 3, 2016 |
Aqua America Inc., Bryn Mawr, has hired Susan F. Haindl as chief administrative officer. She had been a vice president at Anexinet, a provider of digital business solutions, and prior to that was managing director, operations, for the Pew Charitable Trusts. Univest Insurance, a subsidiary of Univest Bank & Trust Co., Souderton, has named Dennis Boyle senior vice president and employee-benefits practice leader. He had been vice president of sales for the eastern region at employee-benefits firm Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. Bryn Mawr Bank Corp., parent of Bryn Mawr Trust Co., has named Noel Collins, Brian K. Snyder, and Roderick A. Ward as vice presidents and relationship managers.
April 28, 2016 |
Six months before Durga Dulal arrived in Philadelphia as a refugee from Bhutan, fire swept through the U.N. camp in the Himalayas where she, her husband, and their four children lived, consuming all they owned. Five years later, the memory still makes the otherwise sunny woman's eyes well. Her family, she said, was traumatized - though it fared better than three camp neighbors who, despondent over their losses, committed suicide. Dulal, 46, was unburdening herself to a social worker at the Philadelphia Refugee Mental Health Collaborative, an innovative program that since 2011 has helped refugees not only heal from past ordeals, but also overcome the culture shock of life in America.
April 3, 2016
Larry Eichel and Katie Martinare are with the Pew Charitable Trusts' Philadelphia research initiative, which studies key issues facing Philadelphia. Philadelphia in 2016 is a growing city undergoing a sweeping transformation, most evident in the age and diversity of those who live here. The city's population has risen for nine consecutive years, up a further 5,880 in the most recent count. The increase since 2006 stands at 78,732, a stark reversal after a decrease of nearly 600,000 over the previous five decades.
March 24, 2016 |
Pew Charitable Trusts said Tuesday it will give $8.59 million over the next three years to 45 Philadelphia-area groups that help the region's low-income children, youth, and their families. The Center City foundation it expected the grants annually to assist more than 22,000 local young people. The poverty rate for children in the city is 37 percent, Pew said. The grants from the Pew Fund for Health and Human Services is geared to these areas: early education and child care; prevention and early intervention services to reduce behavioral and academic problems; mental health services; quality after-school programs; and helping parents secure and retain public benefits and services to strengthen household stability.
February 26, 2016 |
Pennsylvania is one of 22 states that has not adopted "best practice" quality standards for compounding sterile drugs, a study has found. New Jersey has adopted some of the standards "but not in their entirety," according to Pew Charitable Trusts, which performed the study, commissioned after a deadly 2012 outbreak traced to a Massachusetts compounding facility. After tainted steroid injections from the New England Compounding Center caused a fungal meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people and sickened more than 750, state and federal officials reexamined laws and regulations governing drug compounding - the traditional pharmacy practice of creating custom medicines to meet individual needs of a patient.
January 31, 2016 |
State lawmakers want to hold hearings on the physical condition of Pennsylvania's schools, State Sen. Vincent J. Hughes announced Friday at Locke Elementary, which lost heat last week, sending students home for the day. The legislator also asked the state Education Department to audit the Philadelphia School District. Hughes' announcement was, in part, a response to a boiler explosion this month at Edmonds Elementary School in East Mount Airy, which left a maintenance employee critically injured.
January 16, 2016 |
Local control of large urban school systems is no magic bullet to improve academic performance, research released Thursday indicates. Then again, neither is state control of such districts. The conclusions from the Pew Charitable Trusts come amid a growing local push for an end to the School Reform Commission, which has controlled the beleaguered Philadelphia School District since 2001. Opponents of the SRC - created during the state's takeover of the district, amid financial crisis and academic distress - say it has outlived its usefulness and ought to be replaced by some sort of locally appointed or locally elected board.
December 15, 2015
P ATRICK CALLIHAN, 49, of Landenberg, Chester County, is executive director of Tech Impact, a North Philly-based nonprofit that helps nonprofit clients make sense of large-scale technology projects and provides tech maintenance and support services. The firm also helps young, at-risk urban adults move into IT careers. Q: How'd you come up with the idea? A: The company started in 2003 as NPower Pennsylvania, a nonprofit formed to help other nonprofits with tech. In 2012, NPower broke up and we rebranded as Tech Impact.