Invigorating Civic Life


Philadelphia demographics

Northern Liberties, near downtown Philadelphia, once was industrial, housing a tannery, cigar factory, and breweries. But in recent years, residential construction and housing prices have been on the rise. © Katye Martens

How neighborhoods are changing in Philadelphia

In May, Pew’s Philadelphia research initiative released a report on gentrification and other types of neighborhood change in the city. The study revealed that even limited alterations can have a significant impact. Based on income, the analysis showed that only 15 of the city’s 372 residential census tracts gentrified between 2000 and 2014, and that 164 tracts—more than 10 times as many—experienced significant drops in median income during the period studied.

More than $10 million for the arts

On June 13, the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage announced 53 grants totaling more than $10 million to support the Philadelphia region’s cultural organizations and artists. The 2016 awards provide funding for 12 new Pew fellowships, 36 project grants, and five advancement grants. One grant goes to Opera Philadelphia to implement a new business and program model that will feature a multivenue festival launching in 2017, and another to the Please Touch Museum to research and develop exhibitions, programs, and strategies to increase audiences.

Pew Fund for Health and Human Services

The Pew Fund for Health and Human Service has served the Philadelphia region for 25 years. © Katye Martens

Grants support low-income families

On March 22, the Pew Fund for Health and Human Services in Philadelphia announced it would provide more than $8.5 million over three years to 45 local health and social service organizations to assist more than 22,000 of the region’s low-income young people and their families. This is the Pew Fund’s 25th year of support for area agencies serving the most vulnerable members of the community.