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Below is a list of the Center City District's and Central Philadelphia Development Corporation's available publications. To order any of these publications, call 215.440.5500.
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 download the report in full, or by chapter, visit our State of Center City page.
This report includes a map and full-color photos or renderings and project descriptions of all 82 major developments in Center City Philadelphia, categorized by type. The report highlights major projects that were completed in 2015, were under construction, or had been announced as of the end of Q4 2015, from Fairmount to Washington Avenues.
2016 | Free | Visit the report page.
This report is the latest yearly survey of housing production in Greater Center City and an analysis of both demographics and economic trends that are shaping present and future demand for downtown living.
The culmination of a year-long effort by the Center City District, the International Downtown Association, and partners across the country to develop an effective way to quantify the number of people who live and work in and around 231 job centers in 150 American cities. Using existing Federal data resources, Downtown Rebirth suggests a way both to define and quantify downtown workforce and population numbers and document how these employment hubs and live-work environments are quickly changing.
2013 | Free | DefiningDowntown.org
Detailing how workers in Center City and the region arrive at their jobs and the impact these choices have on the downtown economy. An analysis of the commuting patterns of Center City residents, based on American Community Survey data, information sources from the U.S. Bureau of the Census and ridership numbers from SEPTA, PATCO and NY Transit. The report examines how Center City workers arrive at their jobs and their preferences for improvements to transit, driving, and biking conditions.
2016 | Free | Visit the report page.
Results of a CCD survey of bicycle ridership patterns in Center City, along with recommendations for the future.
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.
Documents the challenges and causes of an increasingly congested downtown and proposes a series of short-, mid- and long-term solutions.
2008 | 34 pgs | Free | PDF (4.4 MB)
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 | First copy free, extras $5.50 ea.; District Plans: $1 ea. | PDF (11.4 MB)
Analysis of demographic trends and downtown growth.
2002 | 12 pgs | Free | PDF (906 KB)
A guide for converting the upper floors of older commercial buildings to residential use.
1996 | 57 pgs | Online only | PDF (17 MB)
Produced with support from the Knight Foundation. An in-depth look at how this sector of the economy is accounted for in national data sources and the potential impact these workers might have on the Philadelphia economy. The report includes a qualitative survey of independent workers in Philadelphia and looks at the implications for commercial real estate and economic development in Center City.
2015 | Free | To download the report or read it online, visit the report page.
This report documents current employment trends and analyzes various options that can help Philadelphia achieve a goal of sustainable job growth including: capitalizing on the concentration of young, well-educated Millennials in and around the downtown; improving public education; nurturing the expansion of sole proprietors and start-up firms; and supporting the efforts of major universities to focus on the start-ups, patents, and new industries that are being spawned by their research and technological innovations. The report also highlights the over-arching importance of tax reform to all these efforts.
A look at retail market trends in downtown Philadelphia. The report 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.
This report demonstrates how Philadelphia with its well educated and affordable labor force, very reasonably priced real estate, an exceptional quality of life and affordable cost of living, all combine to make Philadelphia far more competitive than other Northeast cities for a business location.
Results of the most recent survey on sidewalk cafes in Center City.
2016 | 4 pgs | Free | PDF (2.7 MB)
Analyzing the results of a college graduate survey.
2006 | 8 pgs | Free | PDF (478 KB)
Published by Central Philadelphia Development Corp., this report looks at ways to improve the quality and customer focus of public schools serving downtown and examines how better schools will help retain young professionals and sustain the downtown housing boom.
2004 | 8 pgs | Free | PDF (1.6 MB)
Proven tips on how to spot and stop car, office, street and travel theft.
Single copies free; call for prices on multiples
Center City District's approved plan and budget for 2013-2017.
Quarterly newsletter of the Center City District and Central Philadelphia Development Corporation (current and back issues available). To download an archived PDF edition of the Center City Digest, click on the appropriate link below:2016: Summer | Spring • 2015: Winter | Fall | Summer | Spring
Brief general overview of the Center City District.
Brief general overview and description of membership benefits of the Central Philadelphia Development Corporation.
Free | PDF (1.7 MB)
Policies and procedures for bargaining unit personnel.
2008 | 85 pgs | $750
Chronicles the history of the Old Philadelphia Development Corporation and Central Philadelphia Development Corporation, decade by decade, through archival photos, interviews and reprints of vital documents.
Images of public transportation transit portal signage components with project timeline map
2013 | 2 pg | Free | PDF (1.6 MB)
Brief description of Ride!Philadelphia bus shelter historical posters and bus route maps
2013 | 1 pg | Free | PDF (444 KB)
Brief description of Direction Philadelphia vehicular wayfinding system
2004 | 1 pg | Free | PDF (84 KB)
Brief description of Walk!Philadelphia pedestrian wayfinding system
2004 | 1 pg | Free | PDF (621 KB)
Project summary provides an overview of the goals and objectives.
2000 | 4 pgs | Free
Per 49 CFR Part 26, for the Dilworth Plaza Renovation Project.
2011 | 31 pgs | Free | PDF (160 KB)
Publication Orders: Order any of the publications listed above by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 215.440.5500.