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New Benches Installed in Downtown Reading

FotoFlexer_PhotoTwenty-six new metal benches have replaced decades-old worn wooden ones in the area of Sixth and Penn streets in downtown …
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Starting a Business in Downtown Reading

all aboard for opportunity 8 2014City Pilot Program Provides Extra Incentive for Small Businesses to Open in Downtown Reading      

“A Walk Through History” # 6 – Friends’ Meeting House, 112 North Sixth Street

Reading Quaker Meeting House resizedRazed in 1868 – We look south-southward to the Reading Quaker Meeting House that stood from 1765 to 1868 at …
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Downtown ALIVE

DA April 2014 ADOur BCTV show airs the 2nd Thursday of every month at 6:00 pm.  It features interviews with restaurant owners, chefs and …
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Reading Bridge Work

Timeline resized  Buttonwood Street Bridge Duration: Fall 2014 – Fall 2016 Scope: Bridge will be closed throughout project Alternative: Use Penn Street Bridge as …
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DID Escort Services

Call 484-955-0315 Please be prepared to provide the following information at the time of your request: · Exact time escort …
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Reading Public Library Press Release

RPL Image2RPL BOARD OF TRUSTEES WELCOMES THREE NEW MEMBERS Reading Public Library’s Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that Toni …
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Reading Parking Authority’s New Mobile Parking System

Mobil AppNew Payment Option Has Arrived at Parking Meters!   Motorists now may use Mobile Now to pay for a parking meters in …
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Downtown Beautification Projects

We hope you noticed and appreciate the planters that are hanging from the light poles along Penn Street in downtown …
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  • Berks County Courthouse

    Sixth Street Entrance

    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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    Do you have an event to submit to our calendar? If it is located downtown (within our service area) and open to the public, it's likely we'll include it. Complete event information to us for consideration.

  • 2014 Assessment Information

    ONLY E-Check (ACH) payments are accepted at this time, Credit card payments are not available. We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause. Checks and money orders should be made payable to: Reading DID

    Payment due dates:
    2% Discount If paid by April 30, 2014
    Flat Rate If paid by June 30, 2014
    10% Penalty If paid after June 30, 2014

    Optional Installment Plan:
    Installment #1 Due by April 30, 2014
    Installment #2 Due by June 15, 2014
    Installment #3 Due by July 31, 2014
    Installment #4 Due by August 15, 2014

    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. The next meeting is scheduled for Monday, September 22 at noon.
  • Reading Main Street/Downtown Promotion & Marketing Meetings

    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., are open to anyone interested in promoting downtown Reading.

    The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 21 at 7:45 a.m. at the Outside In, 601 Penn Street, 2nd floor.