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Streets of Philadelphia: Student housing, sports arenas and a thriving downtown

January 18, 2023 33 Minute Listen

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Today’s Philadelphia story features a new $1.3 billion arena coming to downtown. This will mean more amenities, a more vibrant night life and more capital for a city that is already high on investor wish lists. Campus Apartments CEO David Adelman and CBRE’s Spencer Yablon offer insights on the City of Brotherly Love.

Streets of Philadelphia: Student housing, sports arenas and a thriving down...

January 18, 2023 33 Minute Listen


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David Adelman

CEO, Campus Apartments

David J. Adelman is a Philadelphia-based entrepreneur and active private investor. He made his first investment more than thirty years ago, investing just $2 thousand in Campus Apartments, a student housing business. Since then, under his leadership, Campus Apartments has become a leader in the industry with more than $2 billion in assets under management across 18 states. Recently, David became a partner with Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment, owner of several enterprises including the Philadelphia 76ers.

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Spencer Yablon

Senior Vice President

Spencer Yablon is a Senior Vice President with the Multifamily Capital Markets team in Philadelphia, which specializes in the sale of multifamily properties on behalf of institutions, pension fund advisers, REITs, private equity firms, developers and lenders. The CBRE Multifamily Capital Markets team in Philadelphia is recognized as one of the top apartment sales teams in the company, providing its clients with over 115 combined years of local market knowledge and apartment sales expertise.


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Spencer Levy

Global Client Strategist & Senior Economic Advisor, CBRE

Spencer Levy is Global Client Strategist and Senior Economic Advisor for CBRE, the largest commercial real estate services firm in the world. In this role, he focuses on client engagement and public-facing activities, including thought leadership work performed in conjunction with CBRE Research. He also serves as Co-Chair of the Real Estate Roundtable’s Research Committee.


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