Center City District is a recognized leader in the use of lighting to enhance public safety, animate the city at night and create visual excitement. CCD continues to experiment with state-of-the-art lighting technologies and applications to promote a safe and vibrant downtown after dark.

Avenue of the Arts

Using light-emitting diode (LED) fixtures with a nearly infinite array of possible patterns and colors, CCD has lit the façades of a dozen historic buildings along South Broad Street (the Avenue of the Arts), allowing for programmed lighting effects ranging from subdued seasonal palettes to dynamic, special-event sound-and-light shows. Philadelphia is the first American city to light multiple buildings this way in a coordinated manner.

The Avenue of the Arts lighting is funded by CCD, The Pew Charitable Trusts, William Penn Foundation, The Lenfest Group, the Wachovia Foundation, Avenue of the Arts, Inc., the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development and Broad Street property owners.