Block captain

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A block captain may be a community clean-up coordinator, a Neighborhood Watch coordinator, or a political organizer, or all of the above. A block captain is generally considered to be the lowest-level political figure.

Block captains in Philadelphia, a program begun in 1965, are authorized and organized under the Philadelphia More Beautiful Committee (PMBC) of the Sanitation Division of the Streets Department.

The PMBC says this:

The PMBC Program is a partnership between the City, your neighbors and you to keep your block clean. If your neighborhood decides to participate in creating a cleaner block, you can organize and elect a Block Captain to make it happen. Here's how:

  • Contact PMBC at (215) 685-3981 to receive a petition in the mail
  • Circulate the petition among your neighbors to elect a Block Captain. You will need 51% of the residents on your block to sign the petition —one (1) adult signature per household
  • Mail your completed petition to PMBC —a Clean Block Officer will contact you and help you get started


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