On July 19, 2001, the Historic Antique Row Business Association
(HARBA) assembled for its first general meeting at the Greater Philadelphia
Chamber of Commerce. Since so many owners and interested parties representing
the wide variety of business that make up Antique Row attended, this meeting
was held in the Chamber’s Philadelphia Room. Michael Bach, representing
the Washington Square West Civic Association (WSWCA) expressed his organization’s
support of HARBA and excitement in working with the group in the future.
Opening the meeting with a brief speech, Councilman Frank DiCicco congratulated HARBA for organizing themselves and stressed the importance of unity. In appreciation for his work on Bill 010232, HARBA’s president David Richards presented Councilman DiCicco with an antique framed political poster (for the Democratic party, of course).
Formed to represent all businesses within its boundaries (Spruce to Lombard, 9th to Broad and all included side streets and now extending to 10th and 11th Streets from Spruce to Locust Streets) HARBA has promoted Antique Row as a destination for tourists, regional and local residents. HARBA has also worked with the Washington Square West Civic Association, the Greater Philadelphia Convention and Visitor's Bureau, Welcome America and other city agencies and charity organizations to increase local business and improve the quality of life in this area.