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"There's tremendous opportunity. Any business would be profitable here. The demographics are perfect. Everyone has a different customer but the people that are here the ages range everywhere."

Vera Taylor
Director of Stores, South Moon Under

Reports developed by the Center City District/Central Philadelphia Development Corporation on the state of retail, pedestrian traffic, outdoor cafes, and other aspects of Center City provide a comprehensive and current picture of Center City and its surrounds.

Center City Reports: Philadelphia Retail
This report describes the state of Center City retail, and includes an analysis of retail demand, the results of CCD’s annual retail survey, updated pedestrian traffic counts and a roundup of selected major retail developments in the pipeline.The report also compares resident and worker populations with surrounding communities and highlights opportunities for retail and restaurant growth in an already strong retail market.

2016 | 24 pgs | Free | PDF (5.4 MB)


Be In On it: Philadelphia Retail Attraction Brochure

12 pgs | Dwnload PDF (12.1 MB)


State of Center City 2016

The State of Center City report is designed to measure the progress of Philadelphia's downtown, to document continuing challenges, and to be of use to those who seek to develop, locate, lease, invest or meet in Center City. To order a copy of the report, please call 215.440.5500 or download this order form. To download the full report or individual sections, see below.

2016| 77 pgs | First hard copy free, extras $10 ea. | PDF (8.6 MB)

Download individual sections:
Foreword | PDF (458 KB) • At a Glance | PDF (640 KB) • Office | PDF (566 KB)
Healthcare & Higher Education | PDF (643 KB) • Conventions, Hotels & Tourism | PDF (682 KB) 
Arts, Culture & Civic Life | PDF (588 KB) • Retail | PDF (1.2 MB) • Employment | PDF (739 KB)
Transportation & Access | PDF (673 KB) • Downtown Living | PDF (1.3 MB)
Developments | PDF (1.1 MB) • Center City District | PDF (518 KB)


Center City Reports: Leading the Way- Population Growth Downtown
For the first time in 60 years, Philadelphia's population has grown. This remarkable development occurred most notably in Center City, which has increased its number faster than any other portion of the city. This report analyzes the numbers and looks at what this growth means for housing, employment and education.

2011 | 10 pgs | Free | PDF (437 KB)


Make It Center City Philadelphia
Booklet providing the latest information to help firms make the decision to locate their businesses here in Center City.

2008 | 12 pgs | Free | PDF (1.2 MB)


Center City: Planning for Growth 2007-2012
The Center City District retained seven design firms to look forward, focusing on four districts: East Market Street, West Market Street and JFK Boulevard, Broad Street and City Hall and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

2007 | 54 pgs | PDF (11.4 MB)


Center City Reports: Retaining College Graduates, Survey of College Graduates in Center City
Analyzing the results of a college graduate survey.

2006 | 8 pgs | Free | PDF (478 KB)