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.
On Friday, June 25, 2021, CPDC hosted a virtual membership meeting to review monthly transit, parking and pedestrian trends. Transportation leaders discussed how SEPTA is preparing for the return of office workers and the City is looking to balance the competing uses on Center City streets and avoid a return of traffic congestion.
Job recovery has been slow but steady. Employment increased by 3,500 jobs in May to 674,800, restoring 34% of 114,400 jobs lost in 2020. The percent of office workers back at desks remains low among larger firms; smaller firms came back more quickly. Residents, tourists and shoppers have brought pedestrian volumes back to 62% of June 2019. SEPTA ridership is up; outdoor cafes are flourishing. After Labor Day, higher ed, major firms and performing arts will all be back.Read More
In 2017, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, CPDC and History Making Productions produced a video that explores the history and development of the Parkway, and sets the stage for a discussion of the challenges, opportunities and recommendations for the future.
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.
State of Center City 2021: Restoring, Returning, Reanimating, is a comprehensive overview of marketplace conditions in Philadelphia at the end of 2020. It provides detailed profiles of the diverse employment sectors that comprise the downtown economy, highlighting strengths and challenges as we entered 2021. It includes information on housing and transportation trends and serves as a report on CCD operations and their impact in the last year.Learn More
Demand for Center City retail has been built upon a diversified base of office, education and health care workers, a large and growing downtown population and an expanding number of tourists and convention attendees. At the center of the region’s highway and transit system, Center City is the most concentrated employment node in the region, hosting 42% of Philadelphia’s jobs, creating opportunity for residents of all city neighborhoods and surrounding counties.
Greater Center City housing markets showed extraordinary resilience in the last year. While the pandemic impaired many parts of Philadelphia’s economy, the housing sector recovered quickly citywide, buoyed by historically low interest rates and continued interest in city living.
This edition of the CCD and CPDC quarterly newsletter includes: CCD President, Paul R. Levy's cover essay making the case for returning to work; CCD 2021 Budget Details; profiles of our essential on-street workers, Summer Park Events, New communications campaigns and CCD/CPDC Reports; How you can support downtown’s recovery.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.
Remember summertime in Center City? When you actually dressed up for work … because you never knew who you’d bump into? When you could run all your errands … and stop for coffee … and still be at the office on time? Remember having virtually unlimited lunch options … and never forgetting your go-to spots. Remember happy hours that are actually happy … and in person? Get back to Center City. Come get re-centered!Learn More
This summer, Dilworth Park will once again host small outdoor concerts on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons featuring a full lineup of local artists. All Live @ Lunch presented by PNC performances will take place from noon-1 p.m., from June 2 through July 29.
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