Research & Reports

Center City District and Central Philadelphia Development Corporation produce a wide range of reports, newsletters and publications to help keep you informed.


2018–2022 Plan and Budget for the Center City District

The CCD’s plan and budget for 2018-2022 shows the continued primary focus on the basics, devoting more than 70% of assessment revenues to highly-visible programs that ensure a clean, safe, attractive and well-managed public environment.

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Annual Report

State of Center City

This yearly report is designed to measure the progress of Philadelphia's downtown, to document continuing challenges, and inform those who seek to develop, locate, lease or invest in Center City.

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Research & Reports

Developments Report

The 2017 Developments Report includes a map, full-color photos or renderings and project descriptions for all 81 big developments in Center City Philadelphia, categorized by type.

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Research Reports & Publications

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Outdoor Seating 2017 September 12, 2017 outdoor seating, streetscape, retail PDF
Center City Retail Market Snapshot September 7, 2017 retail PDF
2018–2022 Plan and Budget for the Center City District June 13, 2017 ccd, budget PDF
City Hall Courtyard Improvement Plan May 25, 2017 public space, plans PDF
Center City Philadelphia Developments: 2017 April 21, 2017 development PDF
State of Center City April 21, 2017 office, retail, residential, eds & meds, public space, civic life, state of center city PDF
2017 Housing Report: Building on Optimism February 16, 2017 housing, real estate, residential PDF
Philadelphia: An Incomplete Revival January 30, 2017 employment, tax policy PDF
Philadelphia Retail December 5, 2016 retail PDF
Bicycle Commuting October 18, 2016 transportation, bicycles PDF
Getting to Work: Transit, Density & Opportunity June 24, 2016 transit, transportation PDF
Paul Levy's State of Center City Presentation April 21, 2016 state of center city PDF
Sustaining Demand for Downtown Housing February 15, 2016 residential PDF
Philadelphia's Independent Economy: Implications for Office Space September 28, 2015 office space, coworking PDF
Downtown Rebirth: Documenting the Live-Work Dynamic in 21st Century U.S. Cities October 6, 2013 planning, demographics No Attachment
Managing Success in Center City: Reducing Congestion, Enhancing Public Spaces February 12, 2008 traffic, congestion, public spaces, transit PDF
OPDC | CPDC - 50 Years of Remaking Center City April 17, 2006 cpdc, opdc, history PDF
Growing Smarter: The Role of Center City's Public Schools in Enhancing the Competitiveness of Philadelphia November 29, 2004 education, schools PDF
Turning On the Lights Upstairs February 1, 1996 residential, development PDF