City and Regional Planning

Kenneth Steif

Lecturer, MUSA Program Director

Ken Steif is the Program Director for the MUSA program and a lecturer in the MUSA and City Planning programs. After receiving his PhD from Penn, he founded Urban Spatial, a consultancy at the intersection of data science and public policy.

He combines knowledge of spatial analysis, applied econometrics and machine learning with an interest in housing policy, education, the economics of neighborhood change, transportation policy and more.  His work focuses on the use of government administrative data for program evaluation; on the costs and benefits of gentrification; on the connection between good schools and neighborhood economic development; and on the use of machine learning to help democratize the planning process. He is a longtime resident of West Philadelphia where he lives with his wife Diana and their son Emil.

Some recent work:

Visualizing Neighborhood Change Process

Can Improvement Districts help save Chicago’s Schools?

Why all affordable housing isn’t created equal

Why do certain retail stores cluster together?

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