New Study: Philly’s Immigrants Provide A Disproportionate Economic Boost

 

New immigrants bolster the Italian Market’s fortunes. | Photo: Matt Stanley, via Citified

New immigrants bolster the Italian Market’s fortunes | Photo: Matt Stanley, via Citified

  • A new study undertaken by the Fiscal Policy Institute confirm that urban immigrant populations tend to revive failing commercial corridors–“what most of us observe in our day-to-day lives all the time,” says Citified’s Patrick Kerkstra. In regards to Philadelphia, Kerkstra notes that “although immigrants comprise just 10 percent of the city’s population, they own about 28 percent of ‘main street’ businesses (think mom and pop stores and restaurants). This is obvious in a place like the Italian Market, which would be in very rough shape today if not for the Mexican and Asian immigrants who have taken over the stalls and shops vacated by ethnic white U.S.-born merchants. Ditto for West Philadelphia’s 52nd Street, which now has a remarkably diverse corps of merchant owners hailing from around the world.”
  • Streets Dept’s Conrad Benner takes us inside the Goldtex Apartments building where developers have paid homage to the graffiti artists who used the former shoe factory as a canvas during its long vacancy. The Pestronk brothers commissioned local artist ESPO (Steve Powers) to design murals. Some of the original graffiti has also been retained, with choice pillars and beams left exposed.
About the author

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.

Send a message!



1 Comment


  1. You mixed up the name of two organizations, looks like – the homeless count was done by Prevention Point, with outreach support from Project HOME. Both do great work here in Philly, but they aren’t the same.

Leave a Reply

Comment moderation is enabled, no need to resubmit any comments posted.

Recent Posts
PA Ballet Swings Wrecking Ball At North Broad Landmark

PA Ballet Swings Wrecking Ball At North Broad Landmark

May 21, 2018  |  News

A 107-year-old terra cotta treasure on Automobile Row will be demolished for a vacant lot. Michael Bixler has the story > more

Kensington Workshop Keeps Neighborhood Clocking In

Kensington Workshop Keeps Neighborhood Clocking In

May 16, 2018  |  Last Light

Inside a 124-year-old mill in Kensington, World Manufacturing Inc. is buzzing with work orders. Theresa Stigale puts us on the production line with this photo essay > more

Take Me Up To the Ball Game! Rediscovering The Bleacher Houses Of North Philly

Take Me Up To the Ball Game! Rediscovering The Bleacher Houses Of North Philly

May 15, 2018  |  Vantage

Dave Coyne gives us a rooftop view of old Shibe Park and the backstory behind Swampoodle's little-known "bleacher houses" > more

On Motherhood & The Circle Of Life At City Hall

On Motherhood & The Circle Of Life At City Hall

May 11, 2018  |  Soapbox

For Mother's Day, Stacey Meadows takes us inside the Register of Wills office at City Hall with this moving personal essay > more

Neighbors Vote

Neighbors Vote “No” On Christian Street Church Proposal

May 9, 2018  |  News

A new design proposal to demolish and develop the site of Christian Street Baptist Church is met with unanimous disapproval from neighbors. Starr Herr-Cardillo has the story > more

The Urban Conversation Of Row House Window Displays

The Urban Conversation Of Row House Window Displays

May 8, 2018  |  Vantage

Mabel Rosenheck peeks inside the front window to examine Philly's tradition of row house expression > more