Center City Residents' Association

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The Center City Residents Association (CCRA) is non-profit organization located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that works to improve and maintain the quality of life in the area bordered by the west side of Broad Street to the Schuylkill River, and the north side of South Street to the south side of JFK Boulevard.[1]


CCRA was originally organized in 1947 to help save Rittenhouse Square from being transformed into an underground parking lot. It has historically been involved in many issues that make Center City the neighborhood that it is now, including advocating for the Creation of Schuylkill River Park and the Community Garden that exists on that site and improving the South Street Bridge Plan.

An Engaged Community[edit]

CCRA heavily invests efforts in neighborhood zoning issues and additionally works on historic preservation, legislative advocacy, tree planting, manages the Schuylkill River Park Community Garden, holds membership events, runs a yearly tour of Center City Homes, and engages in many other activities designed to improve the neighborhood.

Recent Past Presidents[edit]

Vivian Seltzer
Thomas J. Reilly, Jr
Louis Coffey
Pamela Rosser Thistle
Lenora Berson
Lolly LaGreca
George R. Brodie, Jr.
Eugene Dichter
Samuel Weinberg
Wm. J. D. Jordan
Stephen Huntington
Lenore Millhollen
Tama Williams
Kristin Davidson


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