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David Hilbert

Testing The Gentrification Narrative At Temple University

Testing The Gentrification Narrative At Temple University

May 4, 2016  |  Vantage

Development and displacement go hand-in-hand, but every situation is unique and gentrification isn't always an entirely accurate assessment. Contributor David Hilbert takes a look at the North Philadelphia neighborhood surrounding Temple University where new construction for student housing is putting pressure on long time residents > more

Before The Millennials: On The Move With Young Philadelphians Mid-Century

Before The Millennials: On The Move With Young Philadelphians Mid-Century

January 11, 2016  |  Vantage

Urban life-loving millennials are at least partially responsible for the growth of Greater Center City, and a good dozen other neighborhoods around the city. With this in mind, David Hilbert looks at Philadelphia's young adults circa 1950-1970, during suburbanization. Where did they live and why? > more

Comparing The City's Handling Of Pope Visits--& Center City Itself--36 Years Apart

Comparing The City’s Handling Of Pope Visits–& Center City Itself–36 Years Apart

September 23, 2015  |  Vantage

Everything is coming up papal. Data junkie Davie Hilbert compares the city's preparations for this weekend's visit from Pope Francis with Pope John Paul II's stay in 1979 and reveals the gradual streamlining of a city > more

Tracing The Live-Work Divide In Philadelphia's Police Force

Tracing The Live-Work Divide In Philadelphia’s Police Force

July 10, 2015  |  Vantage

Discussion has grown in the media lately regarding law enforcement's detachment and potential bias for the neighborhoods they patrol when they commonly call home elsewhere, particularly in larger cities. In Philadelphia, where police officers lived at the turn of the century looks dramatically than it does today. David Hilbert dove into the City Archives to compare the residential zip codes of the Philadelphia's police force in 1925 and wonders if the migration toward the Northeast and elsewhere has eroded an inner city connection to communities they protect > more

The Other Side Of The Tracks: A Tale Of Two Trestles

The Other Side Of The Tracks: A Tale Of Two Trestles

April 29, 2015  |  Vantage

The city is full of incidental boundaries that can often shape an area's socioeconomic character and influence housing prices and future development. More often than not, rail lines break neighborhoods into highly divided sections, creating an urban rift between prosperity and blight. David Hilbert examines the economics behind the "right" and "wrong" side of the train tracks in West Philly and Port Richmond > more