Philadelphia's line up of transformational projects (courtesy of the Philadelphia Business Journal)
he PBJ did a nice feature on what they first termed the "Transformations: 50 things that will change Philadelphia in 2015." Comments and communications on the piece led to a follow up, "Transformations: 50 projects that will change Philadelphia ... What did we miss?," with some additional projects.
- Camden, one of the metropolitan area's poorest communities, but across the river from Philadelphia, recruitment of the Philadelphia 76ers practice facility and headquarters.
- Rise in the use of SEPTA, the area transit system, by younger demographic segments
- The attraction of new residents to the city and the impact on an increasing number of inner city residents in terms of new construction and revitalization
- various hospital mergers and expansions
- the Live! (the brand of Baltimore-based Cordish Companies) Casino in South Philadelphia
- pop up parks, the Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk and Dilworth Park
- Convention Center labor improvements
- Failure of casinos in Atlantic City
- Declines in funding for cultural institutions
- Philadelphia's potential to become an energy hub because of its proximity to the Marcellus Shale natural gas production (and the revitalization of formerly declining refineries)
The lists are a good illustration of the wide variety of projects, issues, and entities that operate in and shape a community and a metropolitan area, the variety of scales at which the projects have significant effect (and sometimes not much effect at certain scales), the amount of time that is required to achieve any one of these projects, and the fact that everything isn't always rosy.
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