Center City District in the News, March 2023

From our February housing report, to business promotions through Restaurant Week and Dinner and a Show, to news around leadership of Center City District (CCD), the first quarter of 2023 featured several stories around the growth and recovery of Center City. Here are some recent highlights: 

Stories of Our 2023 Housing Report

Center City Rebounding From Pandemic Loss, Report Says

By NBC10

When asked about the changes in the neighborhood, Jackie Starker, the owner of Amelie’s Bark Shop, noted that “a lot of people moved from New York to Philly, so a lot of our new customers are people who lived in mostly Brooklyn.” Hear what she’s noticed with her customers, alongside data and insights from our report, on NBC10.

New Philly housing report shows downtown is heading in a ‘very positive’ direction

By Aaron Moselle, for WHYY’s PlanPhilly

While the COVID-19 pandemic initially drove some residents to temporarily relocate from Center City, the trend reversed in 2021 and has continued in that direction throughout 2022, with over 4,393 residential units completed. Read the full story from WHYY’s PlanPhilly.

With 13,500 new housing units planned, Center City District says there's 'no reason for pessimism'

By Paul Schwedelson, in the Philadelphia Business Journal

“We’re no longer an office district or just a commercial core… This is what mixed-use looks like,” shared CCD CEO and President Paul Levy, when discussing growth in hospitality, retail and entertainment that are driving increases in residential activity in Center City. Read the full story from the Philadelphia Business Journal.

For other stories about our 2023 Housing Report, read stories by the Inquirer, KYW Newsradio, and the Philadelphia Tribune. To download our full report, click here.


Stories of Winter at Dilworth Park

Top Winter Activities in Philadelphia

By Discover Philadelphia

From fun moments at the Rothman Orthopaedics Ice Rink, to “one of the best spots to shed the winter stress,” the Wintergarden, Winter at Dilworth Park was the cozy holiday escape everyone needed. Check out the full list by Discover Philadelphia.

The Top 10 Things to Do With Kids in Philly This March 

By Laura Swartz, in Philadelphia Magazine

What better way to spend time with the kids than with a visit to the Wintergarden? For the month of March, every Saturday brought with it the return of Family Saturdays, featuring free weekly entertainment from 11am to noon. Read the full list by Philadelphia Magazine.

For other highlights around winter happenings at Dilworth, check out these mentions in Thrillist, the Philadelphia Citizen, and KYW Newsradio. For all of the upcoming events at our parks, click here.


Stories of the Eagles in Center City

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How to Get Last-Minute Hyped for the Eagles Playoffs

By Laura Swartz, in Philadelphia Magazine

What better way to celebrate the Eagles than by getting a selfie with a Wintergarden topiary decked out in Birds apparel? That’s how we celebrated their run up to the Big Game. Read how else Philadelphia celebrated in Philadelphia Magazine.

'Fans are very passionate': Dilworth Park hosts It's a Philly Thing pop-up ahead of Super Bowl LVII

By Jennifer Lee, on FOX29

With the Big Game only a few days away, the energy in the city was palpable. That’s why we hosted our own celebration, “It’s a Philly Thing,” at the Rothman Orthopaedic Ice Rink and Cabin, with guests including Made in Philadelphia Market Vendor BellaU! See the story on FOX29.

See the rest of the excitement citywide in this story from Axios Philadelphia, and see what you missed at our ‘It’s a Philly Thing’ in these stories by Philadelphia RowHome Magazine and KYW Newsradio.


Stories about Restaurant Week

Center City Restaurant Week returns as establishments continue to recover from the pandemic

By Ellen Kolodziej, on FOX29

One of Center City’s biggest events returned again, with the 2023 Winter Restaurant Week from January 15 through January 28. And citywide, people were excited. Get a taste of the excitement in this story by FOX29.

Check out some of the best restaurants for Center City Restaurant Week

By FYI Philly on 6ABC

From Pearl & Mary to Prunella, Jasmine Rice to D'Angelos, there were new favorites and classic stops participating in this Winter's Restaurant Week. See some popular stops in this story by FYI Philly.

Center City District Restaurant Week starts Sunday with 88 restaurants on board for 2023

By Michael Klein, in The Philadelphia Inquirer

The Winter 2023 edition of Center City District Restaurant featured several new guests, including The Hayes, Pearl & Mary, Jomon Japanese BBQ, and more. See the full story in the Inquirer.

Five Must-Try Restaurants for January 2023

By Visit Philly

With so many restaurants to choose from, Visit Philly helped by offering some of their team’s recommendations, including Ancient Spirits and Grille and The Dandelion. See their five restaurant picks on their website.


Stories about Our Leadership Transition 

The man who helped revitalize downtown Philly is ready to step back after 30 years leading Center City District

By Jake Blumgart, in the Philadelphia Inquirer

“Under the leadership of Paul Levy, Center City District really defined what an effective public private partnership does,” noted David T. Downey, president of the International Downtown Association. Read more about Paul’s legacy and the impact of Center City District in this story by the Inquirer.

What Paul Levy has learned over 3 decades of shaping Center City’s look, feel and business economy

By Paige Gross, in

How has Center City evolved over the past 30 years? From skyline developments to the tech boom, and everything in between, the downtown has changed dramatically. For some insights into the city’s history, check out this story by

For other stories about our leadership transition, check out stories by Bisnow, KYW Newsradio, Philadelphia Business Journal, MSN, and Al Dia. For our press release, click here.


Stories about Dinner and a Show

'Dinner and a Show' offers show-stopping deals in Center City for food, art lovers

By Alicia Vitarelli, on 6ABC

With top-tier dining and nationally recognized performing arts centers, there’s no better combination for a day in the city. Check out this conversation featuring our Vice President of Marketing, Michelle Shannon, and our partners at the Philadelphia Opera on 6ABC.

Culture and cuisine take center stage during Dinner and a Show promotion

By Metro Philadelphia

“Center City is the epicenter of arts and culture in Philadelphia.” Read more about our new promotion and about our partners involved from this story in Metro Philadelphia.

Things to Do in Philadelphia This Week & Weekend: Center City District’s Dinner and a Show Promotion

By Visit Philadelphia

Dozens of restaurants feature happy hour deals and special pre-theater menus, including + bar and Restaurant Aleksandar. Check out everything happening in the city from Visit Philly.

For a full list of participants in Dinner and a Show, click here. For our initial announcement about the promotion, click here.


Stories about Downtown Recovery


Center City District CEO Paul Levy says diversifying downtown is the key to Philadelphia's future

By Paul Schwedelson, in the Philadelphia Business Journal

“The more diversified, I think, the greater the recovery will be,” noted our CEO, Paul Levy, in an interview about the biggest trends surrounding Philadelphia’s downtown. Read the full range of insights, from job recovery and return to office to hotel rebounds and retail occupancy, in the Philadelphia Business Journal.

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Image courtesy of Philadelphia Business Journal.

A downtown arena for the Sixers can be a Philly thing, too

By Daniel Pearson, in the Philadelphia Inquirer

In this opinion article about the downtown arena, CCD President and CEO Paul Levy shares some insights around vacancy estimates in the Fashion District. Read the full story, and how this connects to the arena, in the Inquirer.

Alo Yoga is coming to Walnut Street shopping district in Philadelphia

By Jake Blumgart, in the Philadelphia Inquirer

As noted in our retail report this past November, digitally native brands are emerging in downtowns like Philadelphia. Learn more from our Vice President for Parks and Public Realm, Prema Katari Gupta, in this story by the Inquirer.

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'Grounds for optimism': Center City sees boost in foot traffic to start 2023 with increase in office workers

By Ryan Mulligan, in the Philadelphia Business Journal

Despite hybrid work trends, our recent report found that the average number of people in Philadelphia’s core office district has increased by over 40% on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, when compared to last year. Learn about more highlights from this story in the Philadelphia Business Journal

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