Evaluating Brain Drain

 

Perelman Plaza, Drexel University | Image: Andropogon Associates

Perelman Plaza, Drexel University | Image: Andropogon Associates

  • Urbanists talk a lot about the imperative to attract and maintain a substantial tax-paying labor force for their city’s continued growth, but as Next City explains, many in high-ed Boston and Philly have transcended that conversation. The Boston Redevelopment Authority has just issued a report that labels the post-degree retention rate as a misguided metric, and Campus Philly has known for a while that the choice of which city to begin your adult life is a bit more subjective and over-determined than where you went to school. A refocused, more nuanced approach is needed to promote a sense of community for graduates, something to be discussed at Next City’s free event “The University as Community” on November 19.
  • Upper Roxborough resident Mike Novak will shame the Philadelphia Water Department no longer, says The Roxborough Review. For some time, Novak, who lives opposite the PWD’s stormwater management project at Summit Avenue & Eva Street, staked a sign to present what he called the “Summit Swamp/Beach.” Embarrassed, PWD had asked him to take it down, but Novak refused, deeming the sign a reminder that there was still work to be done to beautify the location. With conditions improved, the sign is down.

 


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Stephen Currall recently received his BA in history from Arcadia University. Before beginning doctoral studies, he is pursuing his interest in local history, specifically just how Philadelphians engage their vibrant past. Besides skimming through 18th century letters, Steve is also interested in music and travel.

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