CCRA is a non-profit, volunteer-led civic association that was founded in 1947. We represent the residents of Center City West, from the west side of Broad Street to the Schuylkill River, and from south side of JFK Boulevard to north side of South Street. CCRA's origin purpose was to save Rittenhouse Square from being converted into an underground parking lot. In the 70 years that followed, our focus has greatly expanded. Among other things, we do the following:
As the registered RCO for our territory, we hold public zoning meetings allowing our residents to interact with and provide input to property owners and developers in connection with the zoning process.
CCRA serves as an important link between the residents and local, state, and federal government, advocating for good schools, clean streets, and neighborhood safety. We offer testimony on bills before City Council, and organize public forums with elected officials and representatives from government agencies.
CCRA raises funds to pay the Center City District to clean trash and debris from our sidewalks.
CCRA provides assistance to young families seeking to negotiate their way through the wide variety of the educational opportunities that are available. We hold programs such as school fairs (showcasing our 21 neighborhood schools); “School Daze,” a panel discussion on choosing the right elementary school for your child; and “Town Hall” meetings with Philadelphia School District Superintendent Dr. William Hite.
CCRA provides timely information about community events through our weekly e-newsletters and quarterly magazines sent to all of our members.
CCRA manages and supports garden plots at the Schuylkill River Park Community Garden. We offer plots to our members on a first-come, first-served basis. Click here to learn more about the Schuylkill River Park Community Garden (SRPCG) and how to obtain a plot.
For information about CCRA's history, click here.
Members are invited to attend our Board meetings. Here are the agendas and meeting summaries for current and previous meetings. Agendas will be posted a circulated a few days before the meeting; summaries added the following month after the Board approves them.
The meetings are held the 2nd Tuesday of each month (except July and August and when there is a holiday). You must have an active membership in order to attend the meetings. If you would like to attend, please contact Travis Oliver at 215-546-6719 or email him at email@example.com.
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