Friday, May 22, 2009


Come the census of 2010, Philadelphia might post its first population gain in 60 years. My what a difference an immigrant wave can make.
From an excellent and readable article at, via Richard Florida. The article offers a profile of a new non-profit, the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians, founded by Anne O'Callaghan, an Irish immigrant. And this:
Not long ago, demographers packaged Philadelphia with Cleveland as a "former
gateway" on a downhill slide. Then, in November, they spied a surprising trend. Immigrants were coming, bringing a culture of entrepreneurship and high-tech skills. The Brookings Institution declared that Philadelphia was poised to re-emerge as a destination city. [emphasis added]

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