from the press release:
A new, wide-ranging State of the City report from The Pew Charitable Trusts’ Philadelphia Research Initiative depicts a city that has made progress on a number of key fronts but still struggles with long-term forces of decline.
In 2009, Philadelphia can boast an economy that offers relative stability but little dynamism, a crime rate that has declined but not enough for residents to feel secure, a public education system making progress but struggling with the basics, a vibrant cultural community threatened by hard times, a population that is poorer and less healthy than in other cities, and a city government spending a growing share of its revenues on criminal justice and employee benefits.
Through lively and accessible graphics, Philadelphia 2009: The State of the City examines the city’s strengths and weaknesses, its sources for hope and reasons for concern, and highlights key indicators that can be used to gauge changes in the city from this point forward. In addition, it compares Philadelphia to other major cities in terms of its tax burden, crime rate, educational attainment, spending per school student and poverty rate.