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Philadelphia Inquirer

Testing how navigable SEPTA is, with glasses that see what riders see

Megan Ryerson of the Stuart Weitzman School of Design is leading an experiment that is using high-tech glasses to assess the navigability of Philadelphia’s public transit system. “I think of it as epidemiology for navigation,” she said.

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WHYY (Philadelphia)

Philly Council changes mixed-income housing bonus rules for Southwest Center City

Vincent Reina and grad student Camille Boggan of the Stuart Weitzman School of Design spoke about a recent amendment to a zoning bill that would exempt developers in the 19146 zip code, a rapidly gentrifying area, from the option to pay into Philadelphia’s Housing Trust Fund instead of offering affordable units in new buildings. “Removing money from the Housing Trust Fund is concerning,” said Boggan. “A lot of homeowners rely on that for home repairs.”

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People.com

‘Things have come undone’: At home with the millions of people who owe billions of dollars during COVID

Vincent Reina of the Stuart Weitzman School of Design spoke about the pandemic’s impact on renters in the U.S. “Households are showing extreme signs of economic distress both through rent owed, but also through other forms of debt that they've extended themselves,” he said.

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The New York Times

Use it or lose it: Tenant aid effort nears a federal cutoff

Vincent Reina of the Stuart Weitzman School of Design found that in some cities more than half of tenants did not qualify for rental assistance programs due to a lack of cooperation from their landlords. “We’ve consistently created programs where owners have ultimate veto power over whether a tenant can access the housing assistance that they’ve applied for and need,” he said.

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The New York Times

If restaurants go, what happens to cities?

A study by Jessie Handbury of the Wharton School documented how younger and more educated segments of the population began moving back into the downtowns of large U.S. cities from the suburbs. “A distinct and persistent feature in downtowns is their high density of restaurants,” she said. “It’s the feature that attracts people to downtowns—especially the young and college educated.”

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WHYY (Philadelphia)

I Love Thy Hood aims to solve Philly’s litter crisis with bright orange trash cans

Dan Hopkins of the School of Arts & Sciences co-led a 2018 study that found that fewer trash cans on city streets led to more littering.

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