March 2013

Cleanup04 Mar 2013 12:53 pm

Calling all litter haters! We are pleased to announce that PSCA will once again join the City of Philadelphia on the 6th Annual Philly Spring Cleanup to be held Saturday, April 13, 2013 from 9 am to 2 pm.

Here is our chance to help spruce up the city and neighborhood we love! Cleanup days are really fun! Meet people, help our neighborhood clean up trash, and get some warm fuzzy feelings going knowing you that you made a difference.

Of course we will not be able to do this without the help of volunteers. You can also suggest a cleanup location/project by submitting ideas to us by end of day Friday, March 8.

Contact us at to volunteer or you can volunteer via the website at beginning March 5th.

Help us make the 2013 Philly Spring Cleanup a success!

Columbus Square04 Mar 2013 12:52 pm

Columbus Square Park at 12th and Wharton has been awarded a grant from the Community Design Collaborative for pro-bono professional design services! A task force made up of neighbors, along with representatives from the private sector and the city with be working with the Community Design Collaborative team to design a plan to renovate the park.  The plan will be complete in about six months, The Columbus Square Advisory Council hopes to use the plan to secure funding to make the plans a reality.

Philadelphia04 Mar 2013 12:51 pm

Philadelphia is overhauling its property tax system. For years, property assessments have been inconsistent and often inaccurate and the city is planning to normalize these through the Actual Value Initiative (AVI). The total amount of tax the city will collect will not change, however, where it comes from will be reallocated. Some property owners will be paying more (in many cases, particularly in our neighborhood, significantly more, sometimes twice as much or more.) Some property owners, whose property values were overestimated in the past, will be paying less.

PSCA has been attending meetings with representatives from other civic associations to keep informed about concerns around AVI’s implementation. To date the city has moved forward as promised, but we have ongoing concerns that our neighborhood will be hit particularly hard as property values are reassessed to reflect accurate market property values. We want to be sure we keep our neighbors informed about the coming changes. Also, now that the new valuations have been released, we want to gather feedback as to whether our neighborhood feels the assessments have been done in a way that’s fair and accurate and how neighbors think this new system will affect them.

Want to know more about AVI? We’ve prepared an AVI Fact Sheet.

Please take a moment to answer the questions found on the survey link located here to tell us about your awareness and concerns around the city’s coming AVI implementation. Please submit survey responses by March 25th. If you have any questions or trouble accessing the survey, email us at

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