Parkside Historic District Coalition

by Michael Burch

The Parkside Historic District Coalition is an organized group of community stakeholders working together since 1996 to help the East Parkside community to confront its problems and to celebrate its successes. The stakeholders are the leaders of the local community and civic organizations, representatives of the local cultural institutions, church leaders, business owners, and government officials.

Birdseye view of Fairmount Park, Philadelphia,...
Birdseye view of Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, with the buildings of the International Exhibition 1876, c1875. (Photo credit: Library Company of Philadelphia)

The Coalition has successfully lobbied for street repairs and improvements in traffic safety. It has monitored and advocated both for and against special needs housing. The Coalition meetings offer information about initatives that are planned for the local community and has worked to support those activities that benefit the residents and businesses of East Parkside.

The Coalition provides a forum for those interested in a brighter future for East Parkside. The meetings are held the fourth Monday of every month, 9:00 am at Christ Community Baptist Church, 1224 N. 41st Street. All are welcome to attend.

Mr. Ken Woodson, Vice President Community Government Affairs at the Philadelphia Zoo is the convener of the Parkside Historic Coalition.

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