Related Research

From 2011 to 2013, SIAP worked in partnership with Reinvestment Fund, the City of Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture, and the Creative Economy (OACCE), and the Philadelphia Department of Commerce to develop an assets mapping tool and livability index for the City of Philadelphia. The project—called CultureBlocks—was made possible by generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA Chairman’s Grant and Our Town Grant) and ArtPlace America.

The centerpiece of the project was the design and development of a free online mapping tool for the City of Philadelphia called CultureBlocks. In conjunction with database development for, SIAP led a research collaboration with Reinvestment Fund that featured development of a neighborhood-based, multi-dimensional index of social wellbeing for the city of Philadelphia. The final report, Cultural Ecology , Neighborhood Vitality and Social Wellbing – Philadelphia Project (December 2013), compiles the results of that research into three working papers:

Introduction | context for development of social wellbeing framework and description of three SIAP/Reinvestment Fund working papers

CultureBlocks Working Paper #1. Culture as a Dimension of Social Wellbeing: Development of a Neighborhood-Based Wellbeing Index for Philadelphia

CultureBlocks Working Paper #2.  The Geography of Culture and Social Wellbeing: Patterns of Advantage and Disadvantage in Philadelphia Neighborhoods

CultureBlocks Working Paper #3. The Changing Contours of Philadelphia’s Cultural Ecology, 1997-2012

Summary and Implications—SIAP’s conclusion to the full report 

Earlier, related research is as follows:

Cultural Asset Mapping Project: Progress Report (December 2012) | Development/refining of the cultural asset database for the city of Philadelphia