MPIP Based Research

MPIP collaborated with Temple’s Department of Criminal Justice under a $500,000 grant from the National Institute of Justice in an effort to predict crime incidence for municipalities over time, using a series of indicators gleaned from MPIP’s data storehouse. At the national meeting of the Urban Affairs Association in Honolulu in April 2010, David Elesh presented “Parsing the Place of Place in Metropolitan Property Crimes,” exploring the characteristics of municipalities that predict property crime rates in the Philadelphia metropolitan region. This was the first study of factors affecting crime rates for the communities in an entire metropolitan area.  At the 2011 Urban Affairs Association meeting in New Orleans, Elesh reported on research to predict changes in violent and property crime for Philadelphia’s metropolitan municipalities.  The final report of the study was delivered to NIJ in December, 2014.

Also at the Honolulu meeting in April 2010, MPIP regional research was featured on a second panel where David Bartelt presented a summary of the regional patterns of subprime mortgage lending as a backdrop for an analysis of the locational differences in predicted levels of foreclosures in “Boom, Bust, and Imperfect recovery: Regional Patterns of Subprime Mortgages across the Philadelphia Region, 2000-2007.” While he found significantly increased levels of foreclosure in many inner city neighborhoods across the region, there were strikingly elevated levels in many suburban communities, especially in the New Jersey suburbs.

MPIP is featured in a 2010 article in the fifth volume in a series, Community Quality of Life Indicators: Best Practices V, published by Springer. The volume includes case studies of indicator projects with value to policy makers and community activists as well as researchers. The article, “The Metropolitan Philadelphia Indicators Project: Measuring a Diverse Region,” was co-authored by MPIP staffers Brian Lockwood, Jason Martin, Cathy Yinghui Cao, and Michelle Schmitt.

In November 2009 David Bartelt made an invited presentation in St. Christopher’s Hospital lecture series on Community Pediatrics and Child Advocacy. He used MPIP data and maps to portray “North Philadelphia” Evolution, Change, and Challenge.” This talk focused special attention on Latino residents in North Philadelphia neighborhoods served by St. Christopher’s.

In March 2009 Carolyn Adams presented research on “Resurrecting Aging Industrial Suburbs” at the national meeting of the Urban Affairs Association in Chicago. Her paper examined older industrial suburbs in the greater Philadelphia region, pointing to opportunities for redeveloping these older, densely settled communities as part of a smart growth strategy. At that meeting David Elesh examined the significant differences in educational attainment between males and females in the greater Philadelphia region in his paper, “High School or Beyond: The Place of Place in Parsing the Gender Gap in Educational Attainment.”

In June 2008 David Bartelt presented MPIP data on “The Evolution of Arts and Culture Assessment in Philadelphia” at the Community Indicators Consortium Meeting organized by the Urban Institute in Washington, DC. This presentation showed how MPIP’s mapping capabilities can inform cultural planning and investment efforts.

In 2007-08 David Bartelt presented research on how transportation assets enhance housing values. The research was produced by MPIP’s collaboration with 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania, in two forums: in December 2007 for the Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania, and in March 2008 for the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission.

In Fall 2007 MPIP contributed survey results and other data to the analysis published by the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance in its report, “Arts, Culture and Economic Prosperity.”