Center City District Report Identifies Philadelphia as a Leading City in Downtown Pandemic Recovery

Philadelphia ranks among top cities for major drivers of downtown pandemic recovery, Center City District finds

The two most influential factors affecting cities’ downtown recovery are industry mix and commute times, according to new research by the Center City District. That’s a positive sign for Philadelphia, which boasts a diverse mix of downtown land uses and a growing Center City residential population.

Center City District analyzed the downtowns of 26 cities across the country using anonymized cell phone data from to measure how populated each downtown is, comparing 2023 to pre-pandemic 2019.

Philadelphia ranked fifth in percentage of residents, workers and visitors in the downtown core in the second quarter this year compared with the second quarter of 2019.

*Article courtesy of Philadelphia Business Journal

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