September 20, 2016 |
Even as the region continues to gain population in the next two decades, regional planners envision big gains in another area: protected open space. In fact, they would like to see those gains far outpace any population growth, from the current 550,000 acres in Philadelphia and its neighboring counties, to 1 million, or about 42 percent of all the region's land. But the population and development boom in Chester County - which expects to add nearly 150,000 residents by 2045, a 28 percent increase - could present challenges to that goal, and last week county officials began a two-year planning process to figure out how to manage that growth in one of the state's fastest-growing counties.
April 9, 2016 |
The economic clout of women-owned businesses in the Philadelphia region ranks 48th among the 50 largest U.S. metropolitan areas, according to a study released this week by American Express. Economic clout is a composite of growth in the number of women-owned firms, their revenue growth, and their employment growth since 2007. The Philadelphia metropolitan region, including Southeastern Pennsylvania, South Jersey, and parts of Delaware and Maryland ranked 44th for growth in the number of firms, 46th in revenue growth, and 36th in employment growth.
April 2, 2016
ISSUE | TERRORISM The price of comfort U.S. Rep. Brendan F. Boyle's commentary blames "militant Islamism" for the war that has produced terrorist attacks around the globe ("The defining struggle of this generation," Monday). Militant Islamism may be the most obvious explanation, but there's a much more significant underlying cause: The world is becoming divided into haves and have-nots, and the have-nots are increasingly not accepting this. Each year, about 25 percent of the world's resources are consumed by the 5 percent of the world's population that lives in the United States.
March 25, 2016 |
The Philadelphia metropolitan region is lagging well behind the rest of the nation in population growth, new census numbers show. In the last five years, Philadelphia and its neighboring counties have lost tens of thousands of residents, but birthrates and an influx of immigrants have resulted in modest population increases. Still, the Philadelphia metro area - No. 4 a decade ago - has fallen to No. 7 in the U.S. population rankings, surpassed this year by Washington. If current rates continue, Philadelphia is set to drop even further within the next five years, overtaken by Miami and Atlanta.
April 6, 2015 |
For Marjie Versagli, owner of Malvern Flowers & Gifts, this used to be peak season - prom corsages, Mother's Day bouquets. But that's changed. Now, she's busier year-round. About 20 miles away, the Lower Merion School District is in a building frenzy, adding a dozen classrooms and repurposing gymnasiums and other spaces to accommodate its largest enrollment increase in nearly 40 years. The blooming flower business and the Lower Merion crowding are symptomatic of the region's shifting demographics.
April 3, 2015
IF WE Philadelphians have a fault, it's that we put our blinders on when it comes to the rest of the state. That's a mistake. We are the state's largest county, but there are 66 more. We are all in the same boat called the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and our fate locally is linked to the state's. Gov. Wolf understands this. His budget proposal doesn't target one area over another. He wants to create a rising tide for everyone, regardless of whether they live on Venango Street or in Venango County.
March 28, 2014
A story Thursday about population growth in Philadelphia incorrectly gave the latest estimate of the city's population. The city had 1,553,165 residents as of 2013, according to the census.
October 24, 2013 |
William J.T. Strahan did not need the U.S. Department of Labor to tell him how September's job situation stacked up. Strahan, executive vice president for human resources for Comcast Cable, already knew the score based on his company's experience: "Overall, hiring is slightly up. " And so it was nationwide, according to the Department of Labor's belated September job report. The nation's payrolls expanded by 148,000 jobs in September; the unemployment rate dropped slightly to 7.2 percent, from 7.3 percent, according to the report, which was delayed because of the federal government's shutdown.
November 29, 2012 |
SUBURBAN SPRAWL, be damned! Lured by jobs, city amenities and the ability to get around without a car, more people are living in Center City, resulting in the rebound of a housing market severely damaged in the 2008-09 recession, according to a report released Tuesday by the Center City District and Central Philadelphia Development Corp. The population of "greater" Center City - 180,000 residents, living from river to river and from Tasker Street to Girard Avenue - soared 10.2 percent from 2000 to 2010, so that Philadelphia now has the third-largest downtown population among American cities (behind New York and Chicago)
November 1, 2012 |
BEIJING - A government think tank is urging Chinese leaders to start phasing out China's one-child policy immediately and allow two children for every family by 2015, a daring proposal to do away with the unpopular policy. Some demographers see the timeline put forward by the China Development Research Foundation as a bold move by the body close to the central leadership. Others warn that the gradual approach, if implemented, would still be insufficient to help correct the problems that China's strict birth limits have created.