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The Philadelphia Crosstown Coalition (PCC) was founded in 2008 to ensure that community organizations had a voice during creation of the new Zoning Code, which became law in 2012. The concept of a Registered Community Organization was put forward by PCC to legalize the role of communities in the zoning review process. Subsequent PCC initiatives have included Property Tax-AVI education, Affordable Housing and quality of life concerns.  


PCC is a PA non-partisan, non-profit corporation. Its members are dues-paying Registered Community Organization (RCO) in good standing with the City. Members send delegates to PCC meetings, held generally six times per year. PCC is directed by an elected board of volunteers who are delegates nominated by other delegates. Elections are held annually.

Generally, meetings are hosted by different civic members. Most meetings have a guest speaker, often an elected or appointed leader, invited to address specific and timely concerns. We also have working meetings where delegates exchange information; share expertise, best practices, and resources in tackling similar issues; and through power in numbers, agree to advocate around certain City-wide issues. Prospective RCO members are welcome to attend as guests. Contact gene desyatnik at gmail for information about joining.


Crosstown Coalition presented two mayoral forums as part of Every Voice, Every Vote, a collaborative project managed by The Lenfest Institute for Journalism. Lead support is provided by the William Penn Foundation with additional funding from The Lenfest Institute, Peter and Judy Leone, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Harriet and Larry Weiss, and the Wyncote Foundation, among others. To learn more about the project and view a full list of supporters, visit Editorial content is created independently of the project’s donors.

Thank you to everyone who attended our forums, to the many candidates who participated, and to our moderators, Pat Christmas and Chris Brennan.  

The Coalition has no relation to, and is not to be confused with "Citywide RCO Coalition of Philadelphia" 

 Meetings held the fourth Monday of most months, Sept-June at 6:30pm. Locations vary

Representatives from all Philadelphia RCO's are welcome to attend.   Email gene.desyatnik at to join as a member RCO.

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