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Music is in the air in latest Downtown Improvement District newsletter

Free concerts by major league performers and a free, fun-filled piano-playing program — what more could downtown Reading ask for? …
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Ambassadors Lend A Helping Hand With Mobile Pantry

The Greater Berks Food Bank held its first mobile pantry in downtown Reading on Wednesday, April 13, and DID’s Ambassadors …
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Read All About the Expanded Penn Street Market Here!

unnamed (2)Penn Street Market will kick off its season in downtown Reading on June 2 with an expanded look and some …
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What Do Successful Cities Have In Common?

CityscapeCities that are successful have several common traits, according to a couple who visited numerousl towns around the country over …
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Check out the latest edition of “Destination: Downtown Reading!”

Newsletter graphicThe latest edition of “Destination: Downtown Reading!” includes an article on DID 2016 property assessment payments that are now being …
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Upcoming Reading Fire + Ice Fest Featured in Latest Newsletter

  The second annual Reading Fire + Ice Fest is only weeks away, and you can make it bigger and …
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New Downtown Hotel, Holiday Parade in Latest DID Newsletter

The largest balloon- a kangaroo (with candy canes in its pouch)- comes through Penn Square anchored by employees of Riverfront Federal Credit Union during the 2015 Reading Holiday Parade Saturday. 2015 Reading Holiday Parade Photo by Lauren A. Little  11/21/2015    Read the latest about the soon-to-be-open DoubleTree by Hilton hotel in the 700 block of Penn Street, and …
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Reading Holiday Parade, tree lighting ceremony and more in latest DID newsletter

If you love parades (and who doesn’t?!), you won’t want to miss this year’s Reading Holiday Parade! This annual spectacle …
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New People Chronicles Video Focuses on DID Ambassador Efforts

A new video shot by The People Chronicles features Shane Hillard, DID Ambassadors Manager, as he takes an early-morning look …
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    The massive Sixth Street entrance is built entirely of granite and overhead on a granite tablet is inscribed the Latin phrase, “Justitia et Lex,” which translated means “Justice and Law.” Entering into the construction of the new courthouse were 2,000,000 new bricks and 1,000,000 old bricks. In addition there were several hundred pieces of limestone and granite, all of which were numbered when shipped from the quarries and had a specific place on the plan as to where they went in the building. There are massive solid bronze fixtures.

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    10% Penalty If paid after June 30

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    Installment #2 Due by June 15
    Installment #3 Due by July 31
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    Installment payments include a $5.00 administrative fee per payment. Late installment payments are subject to penalties.

  • D.I.D. Authority Board Meetings

    The Board of Directors of the Reading Downtown Improvement District Authority conducts its monthly meetings on the fourth Monday at noon. The meetings are held at the DID office at 645 Penn Street, 5th Floor.
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    The Reading Downtown Improvement District Authority, together with the Reading Main Street Program, routinely hold Downtown Promotion & Marketing meetings to promote downtown Reading.

    These meetings, which are held the third Tuesday of each month at 7:45 am. at the Outside In, 601 Penn Street, are open to anyone interested in promoting downtown Reading.