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The observation that increasing dispersion of employment opportunities leads to decreased travel times is reflective of a short-term phenomenon. Census-reported journey-to-work travel time is examined for the greater Philadelphia region, showing that more people are commuting by automobile, a...
This essay contends that national energy policy both purposefully and indirectly disadvantages a Philadelphia-based initiative that would simultaneously foster energy self-reliance, help improve the city’s air quality, lower costs associated with wastewater treatment, and provide an alternative...
Dozens of North American cities have announced plans to build and manage wireless broadband networks. This textual analysis is a side-by-side comparison of documents used to build up and break down the case for municipal Wi-Fi (shorthand for wireless fidelity). It examines how officials in...
Many cities have used special-purpose authorities, commissions, and quasi-public corporations to build and manage infrastructure projects. This article uses the Philadelphia region to illustrate an important reason why government officials resort to quasi-independent bodies to manage...
The city of Philadelphia, today, is in the midst of revamping its plans for emergency preparedness. For a city of its size, age, and infrastructural complexity, this presents a number of critical challenges. This article examines the last era in which emergency preparedness—in the form of early...
This article uses the conceptual framework of path dependence to analyze the challenges Philadelphia faces in maintaining its $25 billion investment in water infrastructure. Much of Philadelphia’s water infrastructure was developed in the context of rapid population growth. Yet the system now...
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