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1 big thing: Philly is an emerging hub for managers

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

More bosses in the Philadelphia region are managing employees who live far away compared to other big cities, per a new report from ADP Research Institute.

Why it matters: While remote work makes it easier for teams to spread across the country, Philadelphia is emerging as a hub for top brass.

The big picture: The share of workers who report managers living in another metro area has skyrocketed in the U.S. since the beginning of the pandemic.

  • Workers are now about 36% more likely to work for managers in another metro than they were before the pandemic, per a Washington Post analysis.

State of play: The Philly metro ranked fourth among emerging managerial hubs in 2023, per the report.

  • The San Jose-San Francisco area got the top spot, followed by the Boston metro and Minneapolis-St. Paul regions.

Between the lines: The cities with the fastest rise in the concentration of managers over the past three years tend to be more expensive as they have higher housing prices, per the WP.

The intrigue: Philly — the poorest big city in the country — has a relatively affordable cost of living, and ranks in the bottom half of America's most-educated cities.

The fine print: The report focuses on firms with at least 1,000 workers and the direct reports of managers with 10 or fewer employees, per the WP.

What we're watching: The report found that Philly's leadership ratio — the percentage of managers in the metro area overseeing outside workers — fell nearly 13% between January 2020 to the beginning of 2023.

What they're saying: The pandemic and related rise in remote work supercharged long-term trends of dividing America's workforce into increasingly management-heavy cities, ADP Research Institute fellow Issi Romem said in a report analysis.

  • Rank-and-file workers are located elsewhere.
  • "The increasing ease with which workers can collaborate from distant places has shifted low-paying work to more affordable places and concentrated value-intensive jobs in expensive ones," Romem said.

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2. Chinatown residents recount I-676 fight

Scene from the U.S. DOT's latest video on the Chinatown Stitch. Screenshot: DOT

Chinatown residents are sharing stories about how the Vine Street Expressway divided their neighborhood in a new video about capping I-676.

The big picture: Philadelphia received a $159 million federal grant this year for the massive infrastructure project — dubbed the Chinatown Stitch — to replace unsightly overpasses with new green space, create development opportunities and improve safety.

  • The video, released yesterday by the U.S. Department of Transportation, is part of an ongoing series highlighting projects funded through the 2021 infrastructure law.

Catch up quick: President Biden pledged $3.3 billion for more than 130 projects in dozens of states meant to "right historical wrongs" for disadvantaged communities.

What they're saying: Several residents and advocates, including John Chin of the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corp., described how many people haven't felt safe crossing the freeway since the project was completed in 1991.

  • Chin cited 839 crashes in the area between 2018-2022.

Cecilia Moy Yep, the "godmother of Chinatown," says in the video that the project cost her the home she was living in.

  • "They were telling me, 'You're being evicted by eminent domain,' and I didn't even understand what that was," she says. "They started calling this house that I owned the 'Chinatown Alamo.'"

What we're watching: The project must go through multiple layers of planning before construction likely begins in 2028.

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3. News Market: Glover lovers

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Mayor Cherelle Parker hasn't budgeted any funding in her spending plan to build new low-cost housing on the city-owned site of a former affordable housing complex in University City.

  • The previous administration committed to building 70 units at the location. (WHYY)

🎤 Childish Gambino, aka Donald Glover, is bringing his New World Tour to the Wells Fargo Center on Aug. 21.

✅ A new poll shows former President Trump ahead in five of six swing states, including Pennsylvania. (Axios)

4. ✅ Philly's EV home scene

Bar chart showing the share of EV-friendly home listings on Realtor.com in 2023. San Jose, Calif. led the way with 4.9 percent of listings. San Francisco, Seattle, Los Angeles, Oxnard, Calif., San Diego, Riverside, Calif., Honolulu and Austin rounded out the rest of top metros.
Data: Realtor.com, Cox Automotive; Note: Among 100 biggest metro areas; Chart: Axios Visuals

Few Philadelphians are charged up about the idea of installing at-home electric vehicle chargers despite increasing demand for them among homebuyers.

Why it matters: Homes with electric vehicle chargers could hold greater resale value as more car buyers make the switch, Realtor.com chief economist Danielle Hale says.

By the numbers: Less than 1% of the listed homes in our area offered at-home EV charging.

Behind the scenes: Philadelphia received a $1.4 million federal grant to fund a two-year pilot program that will train dozens of workers on how to build the charging stations — part of a larger push by Parker to make the city more energy efficient.

The big picture: Access to at-home EV charging is a rare and increasingly desirable amenity nationwide, Axios' Joann Muller writes.

Flashback: Philly nixed a controversial program in 2018 that allowed residents to reserve a curbside parking spot for EVs with privately owned chargers.

What we're watching: A small but growing share (0.9%) of U.S. homes listed on Realtor.com in 2023 were described as "EV-friendly," up from 0.1% five years earlier, according to a report by it and Cox Automotive.

Note: Cox Automotive's parent company, Cox Enterprises, also owns Axios.

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Today's newsletter was edited by Alexa Mencia and copy edited by Steven Patrick.