Old City District is here to support our businesses and landlords; that's an important part of our mission, and we are happy to help you.


Old City businesses are an important segment of the Delaware Valley's regional economy.  The dynamic mix of our neighborhood -- world-renowned historic and cultural institutions, professional offices, retailers and galleries, restaurants and hotels -- makes Old City a very attractive place to do business. Old City's growing residential population and demographics also make locating within the District a wise business decision.


Factor in the competitive cost of Old City, ease of access and the spirit of cooperation within the local business community, and you can see why so many people love doing business here.  


Business Growth

In recent years Old City experienced a wave of new and expanding businesses.  Numerous new and planned commercial development projects, representing hundreds of millions in public and private investment dollars, are a testament to the value that businesses place on Old City for their enterprises, employees and customers.


Program Assistance

Local businesses benefit from key Old City District programs including marketing and promotions, economic development and business support, security, public space maintenance and streetscape improvements.  We also review proposed zoning applications and development projects in the District, and act as the business community’s liaison to the City of Philadelphia.


We actively seek “best fit” businesses for Old City: fashion boutiques; home design and decor shops; high-tech, creative and professional services firms; and arts and cultural institutions. We maintain an inventory of commercial properties for lease and sale to help you find your ideal space, and we can serve as liaison to landlords and developers.


When your potential or new business contacts Old City District with questions or plans -- or just for an introduction -- you’ll also receive information about other business resources and grants, such as Storefront Improvement Grants and grants through the Merchants' Fund.


Web Site Services

On this site you can stay informed and access services that enable more customers to find your business. List and link your business in our directory, and extend your reach by posting your events on pages specifically for your business segment (see the bottom of every major page to do this).


Services include:

Online Business Directory and Mapping System

Event Listings

Monthly e-Newsletter

Commercial Real Estate Availability

Information about our Registered Community Organization 

Collaboration in Old City Business Community


Ready to get started?

Contact Old City District.


(215) 592-7929

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Old City District's service area consists of the neighborhood bounded by Florist Street to the north, Walnut/Dock Streets to the south, Front Street to the east and 6th Street to the west. Unofficially, the Old City neighborhood also includes the waterfront area along Delaware Avenue from Race Street to Walnut Street and the area above the Ben Franklin Bridge, north to Wood Street from 2nd to 6th Streets. 

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