by Carla Robinson, Dec. 23, 2013

During this holiday season, Philadelphians are once again hitting the streets in full force, finishing up their gift lists and making last -minute purchases.

If they go to Center City, however, their experience is likely to be very different than it has been in the past because shopping there is not what it used to be.

For starters, there are a lot more people out – reflecting the fact that Center City now ranks third in the nation in the number of people who live in the downtown area, second only to New York and Chicago. Just as important, there are more, and better, stores.

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