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© 2019  Philadelphia City Planning Commission 

1515 Arch Street, 13th Floor | 215-683-4615 | planning[at]phila.gov

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As the metropolitan center of the Delaware Valley region, the Central District has over 300 years of history, infrastructure, culture, innovation, and urbanity to tout. Highlighted below are four broad assets – the Central Business District, Culture & Tourism, Transportation, and Neighborhoods – that form the backbone of not only development and growth for the district, but also for the city.

The Central District Plan was adopted by PCPC on June 11, 2013.

Central District Planner: 

Ian Litwin| 215-683-4609




  • As housing demand increases, it is crucial to provide opportunities for mixed-income, multi-generational housing so that choices exist for all age groups and incomes.

  • Demand for commercial space is critical to neighborhood development and the region's economy growing.  

  • Right-sizing and updating capital facilities will continue service to the public and provide energy and cost savings to the City.

  • Expanding transit service with the Cultural Corridor Line and providing real-time information will expand the number of users and improve the transit experience.

  • An expansion of the bike lane network, pedestrian improvements, and parking strategies will help accommodate all modes of transportation.

  • While the District has a large number of natural and recreational assets, not all neighborhoods have access to these amenities.

  • Development of planned trails along the Schuylkill and Delaware waterfronts will further enhance the district’s development.

  • Stormwater management and increased tree cover will create greener, more pedestrian-friendly connections to the various open spaces in the area.

  • Listing all eligible sources on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places will ensure their long-term protection from inappropriate alterations or demolition

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Implementation PROGRESS

District Plans include a wide range of recommendations. Some can be acted upon quickly, while others require additional resources or policy changes, or further planning.