The North Central Special Services District encompasses the local community defined by Broad Street west to 18th Street, and from Dauphin Street south to Oxford Street.

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Located just two miles from Center City, our community boasts highly engaged residents who take pride in its rich history—including a thriving commercial district that was once home to the high-profile manufacturers of Stetson hats and Good & Plenty candy, as well as arts venues like the Uptown Theater. In addition to the founding of Temple University here in 1884, the community was deeply influenced by the work of noted civil rights activists Cecil B. Moore and Marcus Garvey, and jazz great John Coltrane. Today, residents enjoy close proximity to Broad Street’s bustling local cultural scene, Temple’s sports venues and events, an array of inviting green spaces, a variety of major city employers, and all forms of public transportation.

We welcome you to enjoy our public spaces; get to know the popular local businesses that are making a community impact, including Tree House Books and Beech Interplex, among many others; and learn more about how to participate in the growing initiatives that are making this great community even better every day. 

Do you know a resident, business or volunteer making a difference in the district? Let us know about them. We welcome your input!