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What will keep Philadelphia’s ‘millennials’ in the city?

January 28, 2014

Guests: Larry Eichel, Matt Olesh & Elizabeth Spencer

A new report released by the Pew Charitable Trusts projects over half of 20-34 year-olds will be leaving Philadelphia in five to 10 years. This is taking into account this age group increased by about 100,000 between the years of 2006 to 2012. The so-called ‘millennials’ are concerned about putting down roots because of the poor condition of public school education, safety, career challenges and other factors. How does the City of Philadelphia keep its youth? Are the millennials to blame? Did the ‘Baby Boomers’ and “Generation Xers’ pave the way to the suburbs? We’ll talk to LARRY EICHEL, Director of the Philadelphia Program at The Pew Charitable Trusts; MATT OLESH, a parent who’s staying in the city; and ELIZABETH SPENCER, who just moved from South Philly to North Carolina, with her husband and infant, for better work.

Photo: AP/Matt Rourke

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