Northern Liberties BID Mission

The Northern Liberties Business Improvement District was formed in 2018 to provide supplements to the municipal services of the City of Philadelphia; maintain a safe, clean and vibrant commercial district for the benefit of the residents, users, and owners within  the district, and to citizens of Philadelphia and the region; to create opportunities for the business and residential communities to come together to make improvements to the district; and develop and implement programs and services that ensure that Northern Liberties continues to be a desirable place to live, work, shop, invest and visit.

Board Elections 

Commercial Property and Business Owners in Northern Liberties Business Improvement District boundaries are encouraged to vote in our yearly board elections on Wednesday, July 24th from 6:30-8pm. Elections will be held in the Kieran Timberlake offices at 841 N American Street. 

The BID hosts annual elections so that assessment payers and business owners have an influence in our work and a representative group of stakeholders are involved. You must be present at the elections and current with your assessment payment in order to vote. If you have any questions or would like to nominate someone for the board, contact us at 

Northern Liberties BID Services

Officially kicked off in July 2018, the new Northern Liberties Business Improvement District (BID) is now a full-service organization providing cleaning and public safety services, business technical assistance, district marketing services, economic development programs and more. Please sign up for our newsletter (below) to stay up to date on the latest BID developments.

Some of our first-year accomplishments include:

  • Bi-weekly street sweeping services throughout the entire district;

  • Assisting business owners with storefront and commercial facade improvements;

  • Coordinating with local police districts to ensure effective public safety responses;

  • Installed ten new Big Belly trash cans;

  • Initiated a retail market analysis to hone in on the perfect mix for our corridor;

  • Launched a new Northern Liberties branding initiative to help market our district;

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How Philly’s neighborhoods use street festivals to compete for summer dollars (WHYY; July 17, 2018)

Every summer, business owners across Philadelphia dream up gimmicks to keep residents from fleeing the city for gentler climates. Read More


As wealth rises in Northern Liberties, businesses look for a lift (Philadelphia Inquirer; March 30, 2018)

“Without a BID, Northern Liberties is not going to become what it could be,” said Matt Ruben, head of the Northern Liberties Neighbors Association. “It’s going to stagnate.” Read More


Northern Liberties could get new business improvement district in 2018 (Plan Philly; January 3, 2018)

Northern Liberties is hot. But even as new condos and townhouses multiply in the trendy neighborhood, new business growth has stagnated. The slow pace of commercial development has left residents frustrated and hungry for more hyper-local commercial opportunities. Read More