From highlights around the Winter at Dilworth, to the economic and retail recovery in Philadelphia, to news around the return of Restaurant Week, the end of 2022 featured a ton of stories around Center City. Here are some recent highlights:
Photo by Scott Calvert/The Wall Street Journal
By Scott Calvert, in the Wall Street Journal
Thanks to strong housing demand, growth in hospitality, and a return-to-work push led by Comcast, Philadelphia is showing fresh signs of economic vitality. Hear what local businesses had to say to the Wall Street Journal.
By Paul Levy, in The Philadelphia Citizen
While pedestrian volumes increased to reach 73% of pre-pandemic numbers, there are still opportunities for further improvement, especially in regards to traffic from workers. In this guest article in The Philadelphia Citizen, Center City District CEO Paul Levy comments on what that means for Center City, and what is still needed.
By Lizzy McLellan Ravitich, in Billy Penn
People are not choosing where to live based solely on their jobs – and that’s a benefit for Center City as more residents move to Philadelphia from New York and Washington DC. Hear what experts are saying in Billy Penn.
By Paul Schwedelson, in the Philadelphia Business Journal
From shifts in workspace behavior, as noted by Reed Lyons, Vice President of Campus Operations at Comcast, to the idea of transforming offices into “commute-worthy destinations,” as suggested by Linda Pileggi, Design Director at Gensler, the idea of the office space is changing. Hear what the panelists from our December Central Philadelphia Development Corporation panel thought in this story by the Philadelphia Business Journal.
By Tom MacDonald, on WHYY
The future of Philadelphia’s downtown could mean an expansion of the city’s residential footprint. Read what our panelists had to say about the use of office spaces in WHYY.
With about 175 new shops and restaurants coming to the city since 2020, and an additional 40 coming soon, retailers are returning to Center City. “There’s a widespread perception that Center City retail isn’t doing well, and what we’ve been able to do is prove otherwise,” noted Center City District Vice President Prema Gupta to NBC10.
By Meir Rinde, on WHYY’s Plan Philly
With our second year of net positive openings, and the opening of new retailers like Brooklinen, Glossier, and Gorjana, there’s been an evolution of Center City retail with new “digitally native brands.” Hear from some retailers in this story by Plan Philly.
By Pat Loeb, on KYW Newsradio
Thanks to tourism and large residential population in Center City, there has been a second year of growth in new business openings and storefront occupancy. Read the promising news on KYW Newsradio.
By Molly Given, in Metro Philadelphia
“We need to continue to support our restaurants as they are a vital part of our downtown economic engine,” noted Center City District’s Vice President of Marketing, Michelle Shannon. “During the holidays, gift cards are the perfect present for foodies of all ages.” Read about Restaurant Week, and some popular dining options, in Metro Philadelphia.
By Laura Swartz, in Philadelphia Magazine
The return of Winter at Dilworth Park kicked off with the Wintergarden’s topiaries sporting Phillies gear, along with the ever-popular Rothman Orthopaedic Ice Rink and Cabin. Check out the highlights in Philadelphia Magazine.
Photograph by J. Fusco/Visit Philadelphia
By Visit Philadelphia
Holiday sparkle, and family favorite activities right in the heart of Center City, returned this holiday season! Make your travel plans using Visit Philadelphia’s guide.
The Rothman Orthopaedic Ice Rink returns this season, through February 26, bringing the classic holiday tradition back to Dilworth Park! See our opening event on CBS3.
By 6ABC’s FYI Philly
From amazing holiday light shows, to decked-out dining spots and must-see holiday attractions, there was a lot to see in Center City this holiday season! Bring back the holiday spirit with this story by 6ABC’s FYI Philly.
By Skye Sherman, in Travel + Leisure
No passport needed! Read about the Christmas Village in Philadelphia, and the Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market, alongside other major markets across the country, in Travel + Leisure.