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Re:CAP Recommends | Four Ways Cities Can Do Economic Development Better

October 14, 2016

Joe Lee has long been interested in cities, and that interest has organically turned towards questions of how cities grow and develop. As an undergraduate, Joe wrote his senior thesis on U.S. counterinsurgency operations in Kabul, Afghanistan. Prior to Fels, Joe worked for a U.S. intelligence agency. For his summer 2016 internship, Joe worked with the Center City District in Philadelphia as a Planning Assistant, designing a research project utilizing data on the users of Center City parks.

Of this field of study, Joe says, “Urban development was a natural fit for me. I like that it's physical and deals with the built environment. I like how it's interdisciplinary, incorporating real estate, planning, design, finance, and policy. And most of all, I like that if done right, it has the potential to change lives and communities for the better.”

Read Joe’s analysis of the most effective uses of data for urban development, published in the Harvard Kennedy School Review.

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University of Pennsylvania
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