Nearly every neighborhood in Philadelphia has both a CDC (Community Development Corporation) and Civic/Neighbors Association.

  • A Civic Association is a community organization that is made up of neighbors, usually on a strictly volunteer basis. Civic Associations address quality of life issues and connect residents with resources throughout the city.
  • A CDC can own and develop property—occasionally a CDC will maintain a small staff to oversee the day to day operations of the real estate that they have. CDCs sometimes partner with developers to create community spaces in vacant lots and enhance the commercial corridors in a neighborhood.
  • Both Civic Associations and CDCs can be RCOs (Registered Community Organizations), even if they are in the same neighborhood.
  • For more information on RCOs, please visit the City of Philadelphia’s City Planning Commission page.