Thursday, June 09, 2005

Housing boom just a start

An Inquirer letter/commentary makes a good point that Philadelphia's housing boom has been happening while city jobs have continued to slip away. In the future, city planners will have to both keep counter-commuters' needs in mind and work to bring more jobs downtown, to keep Center City from becoming a "bedroom community" for businesses further out (an odd image).

3 Comments:

Anonymous Tulin said...

The housing boom and new jobs are interlinked in my mind, at least marginally so. For every new house built - there has to be people to build them, right? So construction=jobs.

Furthermore, to address Sandy Smith's concern about jobs, there's been a surge of construction in the business area too. Take a look at the Circa Center, IKEA, Comcast, the Navy Yard, the Fresh Grocer at Temple, or even the small businesses - the supermarkets, the dry cleaners, etc - that will sprout up to fill the needs of the residents in the new housing.

It's never just a one way street.

1:14 PM  
Blogger ACM said...

Yeah, that's always been my presumption too -- all those people need to eat, shop, etc. But it's also good if they can be walking to work rather than commuting out into the distant yonder...

(of course, a dense concentration of skilled labor will be an incentive to locate centrally, but that's a bit slower.)

1:20 PM  
Anonymous Tulin said...

Maybe all that walking will help out with the city's fitness problem. ^^

1:24 PM  

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