About Center City District
Center City District has helped transform downtown Philadelphia with a simple but ambitious mission to make the downtown clean, safe and attractive for people to work, live and enjoy.
CCD is supporting Center City’s recovery through deployment of additional sidewalk ambassadors, bike patrols and homeless outreach teams in partnership with public and private security.Read More
Sustained by a diversified retail customer base that includes the third largest downtown population in the U.S., workers, tourists, and regional visitors, Center City Philadelphia is on pace for the second consecutive year of positive net openings, according to the new Center City District/Central Philadelphia Development Corporation Center City Retail, November 2022.Read More
The latest report, Monitoring Philadelphia’s Economic Recovery, a quarterly report from CCD, CPDC provides an overview of current conditions based on key economic indicators, including employment, commercial office market trends, retail and tourism data, tax collections, transit ridership, air travel, parking volumes and pedestrian activity in Center City.
A new CCD/CPDC report, Center City Pedestrian Counts, November 2022, documents that pedestrian volumes in October 2022 in the commercial core reached 77% of the October 2019 level, showing steady growth throughout 2022. The rate of increase has been greatest in the commercial office district and the successful return of major conventions is clearly visible in the volume recorded by CCD sensors at 12th and Market Street.Read More
When it comes to being a great place to do business and attract talent, Philly works. With a downtown that doesn't stop when the workday ends, Philadelphia offers satisfaction in and out of the office.Learn More
Center City Philadelphia Developments 2022 is an in-depth report on current and upcoming major real estate projects in Center City. The report includes a map and full-color photos or renderings and project descriptions for all 65 major developments in Center City Philadelphia, categorized by type. As well as an interactive map featuring all of the developments found within the publication.
For the last two decades, Greater Center City has been the fastest growing residential section of both Philadelphia and the entire region. After a temporary dip in population, the number of downtown residents on sidewalks in Center City had rebounded to 2019 levels by the end of 2021. Rents and home sale prices held up and the number of newly-permitted residential units in both Center City and citywide reached the highest point in decades in 2021.
This is a transformational moment for Philadelphia, when investments in economic development funded by the American Rescue Plan (ARP) can be combined with the long-recommended changes to Philadelphia's tax structure to prompt faster and more equitable citywide job growth.
The mission of the CCD is to provide a clean, safe, well-managed downtown so Philadelphia can successfully compete as an attractive location for business, education and health care institutions, life sciences and for tourism, arts and entertainment, dining and shopping and as the fastest growing residential area in the city.Read More
This new CCD/CPDC report, Firing on All Cylinders: Growing Jobs and Small Business by Expanding the Traded Sector, compares Philadelphia to five other urban areas in United States. It documents how Philadelphia lags in firms that sell services nationally and globally, but suggests that if we replicate the success achieved by others, we will grow more family-sustaining jobs and a prosperous network of small, local businesses.Read More
This CCD, CPDC report suggests that Philadelphia should increase its commitment to quality of life investments and resume its prior commitments to tax reduction, in order to retain and attract residents and businesses and spur widespread and inclusive private-sector job growth.
This edition of the CCD and CPDC quarterly newsletter includes: CCD President, Paul R. Levy's cover essay about economic recovery and the return to work, fall events in CCD parks, shopping, dining and entertainment promotions, CCD’s partnership with Project HOME, the Center City District Foundation, CCD/CPDC Reports and a recent CPDC hardhat tour.
All of Dilworth Park’s popular winter attractions are returning in November. The Rothman Orthopaedics Ice Rink will again offer skating seven days per week, the Greenfield Lawn will host the Wintergarden and the west facade of City Hall will once again be illuminated by the Deck the Hall Light Show. The Rothman Orthopaedics Cabin and the Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market will round out the park’s seasonal transformation.Learn More
It’s time to enjoy the winter season in Center City. Every winter, visitors from across the region come to Center City to enjoy nostalgic holiday traditions only found in Philadelphia. From the Macy’s Light Show and Santa sightings to City Hall’s Holiday Tree and Christmas Village, classic attractions can be found in every neighborhood throughout the Center City District.Read More
This new promotion offers discounted tickets to some of the city’s most beloved arts and culture venues. Theatergoers have the opportunity to purchase reduced price admission to performances hosted at the Kimmel Cultural Campus, along with select venues along the Avenue of the Arts.Learn More
Consider a move to Center City Philadelphia, a vibrant 24-hour city, with great housing options in charming downtown neighborhoods, each with its own unique character and atmosphere. Local neighborhoods offer easy access to jobs, cultural venues, great shopping and day-to-day amenities by foot, bike, public transit or car.
The Center City District manages several beautiful, well-maintained outdoor spaces that are perfect for your next special event, during the day or after-hours. Find out how we can help you host a memorable event in the heart of Philadelphia.Learn More