Philadelphia Crosstown Coalition is an advocacy group for government issues impacting the lives of Philadelphia citizens.  The membership is comprised of delegates from civic associations across the city. To date there are 19 associations signed on.  Among the issues being followed are education, zoning and land use, and tax and government reform. Passyunk Square Civic Association is a member of this organization, with our own Ilene Wilder serving as its delegate and also on the Executive Committee in charge of Communications for the group. Check out for more information and to sign up for their newsletter.

The Streets Department has announced potential one-day delays for trash pickup in some areas, due to wear and tear on a significant number of the sanitation trucks that are also used for snow removal. Residents should continue to set out trash on the normal schedule, and any trash not collected on the usual day will be picked up the following day. Read the full press release on the Streets Department’s website.

While we do not know if our neighborhood will experience any collection delays at all, as a reminder, all household trash must be placed in sealed bags or appropriate containers. This is not only a requirement, it also helps to keep loose trash from scattering around on these breezy spring days! Thanks for helping to keep Passyunk Square a clean and pleasant place to live, work, and visit.

At the March 10, 2015 Meeting of the PSCA Zoning Committee, the following applications were considered by the Committee:

1. 827 Wharton Street: No vote – informational presentation only

2. 1331 Juniper St., application for 12 residential units in an additional above an existing one story structure: 5-0 vote in opposition

3. 1225 Annin St., application for residential units: 4-0 vote in opposition (1 abstention).

4. 1151 S. 7th St., application to legalize a duplex: 4-2 vote in non-opposition

5. 1018 Ellsworth St., application to legalize a duplex: 6-0 vote in non-opposition.

The committee encourages everyone in the community to review to monitor the date and time of the ZBA hearing for any properties of interest to them, and attend those hearings to make their opinions known.

La Hoja Informativa más reciente de la PSCA ahora está disponible en español. Haz clic aquí. The most recent PSCA Newsletter is now available in Spanish. Click here.

The March General Meeting is this Tuesday, March 3 at 6:30 pm at Annunciation BVM Church Hall (S. 10th & Dickinson). Guest speakers Michele Gambino and Thomas Gilbertson will present an update on the 9th Street & Washington Avenue Business Improvement District, and a representative from the Philadelphia Museum of Art will also present information about the Inside/Out program – working with PSCA and our neighboring civic association, East Passyunk Crossing, the Philadelphia Museum of Art will be placing several reproductions from its collection on display in outdoor sites around our neighborhood this summer from May 15-August 9. Come hear more about this program and installation sites we’re working on.

We have nearly 30 South Philly artists participating with an incredible range of work. Please come out for an evening of culture and take home a beautiful new piece of art.
The event will feature live music, great food from local restaurants, beer and wine.
Buy your ticket in advance here and save $5!
We look forward to seeing you there on Friday, March 20 from 7 to 10 pm at Theatre Exile! More information is available at

Passyunk Gardens End of Winter Meet and Greet - March 11, 6:30 pm at Devil’s Den

We’re getting ready to start planting in Passyunk Gardens! So it’s time to say hello to our old “perennial” friends and meet some new ones.  If you’re interested in helping out at Passyunk Gardens this is a great way to find out more about how we manage things. Everyone is welcome! If you can’t make it but would still like to get involved email us at
Passyunk Pruning - March 29, 10 am - 12 pm, meet at Passyunk Gardens
Calling all Passyunk Square Tree Tenders (and aspiring ones!) We’re planning our first pruning event of the year and we need your help. Pruning is important maintenance that keeps trees healthy and looking beautiful. If you’re already a seasoned pruner, we need you on our team. If you’re looking to learn how to prune, we’re happy to show you how.
We’ll be pruning one or two blocks of trees in the neighborhood at a location to be determined. If your block could use some moderate tree pruning –  work that doesn’t require a ladder – let us know.
Email us at for more information or to RSVP.

Stormwater Management Planters - Soak It Up! Adoption Programstormwater management garden

PSCA is working with the Philadelphia Water Department this year to ensure that stormwater management installations in our neighborhood – the planters and rain garden at Columbus Square Park, the planter outside the South Philadelphia Older Adult Center, the tree trench on 12th Street between Dickinson and Tasker, and the tree trench on 10th Street between Wilder and Reed – are as beautiful as they are effective in keeping our water clean.

Thank you to those who have already volunteered to help! If you are interested in being trained to monitor stormwater sites, please email Being a monitor is as easy as submitting an online form each week to report on the condition of these gardens. You can also read more about PWD’s innovative Green Cities, Clean Waters initiative at their website.

South Philly Language Exchange Program
Do you want to learn some Spanish? Would you like to meet Spanish-speaking neighbors and help them to learn English, while supporting a local Mexican restaurant and building community in Passyunk Square? Join your neighbors at one of the upcoming South Philly Language Exchange Open Table events, at 7 pm on March 12 at Fiesta Acapulco (1122 S. 9th St) and April 23 at Tamalex (1163 S. 7th St). We generally meet one Thursday evening each month at a local restaurant to socialize and chat. This event is open to everyone and is informal and fun. If you come, you can order food or not, and you will be made to feel welcome!

ESL Classes
ESL classes for Level 0 and Level 1 are underway on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Columbus Square Rec Center. Watch for information on our Facebook page and for future sessions.

The Zoning Committee is busy this month!  

 We have 1 informational discussion and 6 zoning cases for our March 10 meeting.  They are:
  • Informational discussion: A presentation from the team behind the new Triangle Tavern, who will tell us about their reopening plans and outdoor seating concept.
  • 1151 S. 7th Street – Application for the legalization of a duplex
  • 1210 S. 13th Street – informational presentation for single family construction
  • 1331 S. Juniper – Second presentation for mixed use proposal
  • 827 Wharton Street – Second information presentation for mixed use development
  • 1225 Annin Street – Application for multi-family residential use
  • 1018 Ellsworth street – application to legalize multi-family use
The Zoning Committee is also pleased to announce that the PSCA Board recently adopted new zoning guidelines that govern the composition of our zoning committee and conduct of our meetings.  The new guidelines are posted at
The Zoning Committee will meet on Tuesday, March 10, at 7 pm at Annunciation BVM Church Hall (10th & Dickinson). Email with any questions regarding the Zoning Committee.

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