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WHAT'S NEW IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD
KENNEY GOES POSTAL PARKING. GIVE US YOUR OPINION
Gingerly stepping on the third rail of life in the big city - parking enforcement - Democratic Mayoral Nominee Jim Kenney suggests empowering the Parking Authority to issue tickets for quality of life infractions, side walk, litter and dumpster violations and also to check on the permitting at construction sites. The cons are obvious - the Parking Authority management payroll includes many non-civil service employees and the Authority is state run so that it is not beholden to the local political establishment. The patronage/non local control combination raises at least two concerns - selective political enforcement by an agency unresponsive to the local community and a burgeoning bureaucracy filled with political drones. But let's face it, the Parking Authority didn't become the governmental organization we all hate the most by accident. It took a lot of hard work. Patronage, shmatronage, these people get the job done (and there are more of them - 250 parking authority street enforcers as compared to 56 L & I inspectors per the Citified site). The contrast between the Parking Authority and L & I is particularly painful - one agency's Teutonic efficiency merited a TV show, the other bureaucracy's pratfalls are chronicled in the headlines with depressing regularity. Would the City be a better place if L and I/Street Department regulations were enforced with the Teutonic fervor of Parking Authority staff? What do you think? Favor us with an email on the topic by hitting the link below or emailing email@example.com.
COMMUNITY GARDENS DAY, SAT, 6/20, 10AM-3PM, 25TH & SPRUCE ST
The Schuylkill River Park Community Garden is among the 50 gardens celebrating Community Gardens Day on 6/20/15. Join us for Q & A or a tour from 10am-3pm. For more information, visitwww.ngtrust.org
The Peace Islands Institute, CCRA, and Trinity Memorial Church are partnering on an interfaith break-the-fast meal preceded by a discussion of the Islamic Ramadan traditions on Monday, June 29, commencing at 7:30 pm with the Ramadan meal served at sundown, 8:30 pm. Location: Trinity Memorial at 22nd & Spruce. To ensure a headcount for seating, preregistration with a $10.00/person fee is required. Register online at centercityresidents.org or call 215 546 6719. Proceeds will be donated to Oxfam for Nepalese relief efforts.
STREET SCENE PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP AT THE COMMUNITY GARDEN, 7/11, 10AM, 25TH & SPRUCE ST
Join Schuylkill River Park Community Garden photographer Michael Stern for a flower photography workshop. Meet at the main (east) entrance gate and learn how to take effective and compelling photographs of gardens, flowers as well as the people that take care of them. This will be a hands-on workshop to help you get the best out of the equipment you have. Learn tips and tricks to help you win the Street Scene photography competition! Rain or shine.
HOMES NEEDED FOR CCRA'S 57TH ANNUAL FALL HOUSE TOUR, SUN, 10/18
Our 57th Annual House Tour will be held on Sunday, Oct. 18 This is an important fundraiser for the Association. As hundreds of your neighbors have done before, would you be willing to place your home, apartment, or condo on the Tour this year? We provide insurance and multiple on-site hosts/hostesses. You receive our deepest thanks, as well as recognition in our Tour Book and the Center City Quarterly. Please contact the CCRA office for further information at 215-546-6719 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
STREET SCENE URBAN GARDEN AND PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION
CCRA's Street Scene urban garden and PHOTOGRAPHY (new this year) returns, bigger and better than ever. Garden entries are due by June 30, and photography entries are due by August 15. The CCRA Street Scene web page and entry forms are live. In addition, each week through October 31, the CCRA e-newsletter will contain a gardening tip to help you plan, plant and maintain your most fantastic Street Scene entry yet!
A big thank you to our sponsors, Reinhold Residential, Pam Rosser Thistle, REALTOR, and Friends in the City.
STREET SCENE TIP - CONFESSIONS OF A WINDOWBOX FAILURE
Many people planting window boxes in the past have failed to succeed with the end results seldom looking as to what they originally had in mind. "It looks easy," said a neighbor the other day, "when you see somebody else's window box just running over with beauty, but when you come to try it yourself you wake up to the fact that there's a knack to it that most of us fail to discover. I've tried my best, for the last three years, to have such window boxes as my neighbor has, and I haven't found out what's wrong yet. I invest in the plants that are supposed to be best for window-box culture. I plant them, and then I coax them and coddle them. I fertilize them and I shower them, but they stubbornly refuse to do well. They start off all right, but by the time they ought to be doing great things they begin to look rusty, and it isn't long before they look so sickly and forlorn that I feel like putting them out of their misery by dumping them in the trash."
Perhaps many of you have already tried your hand at planting window boxes and had the same dismal results. The problem is that 99 times out of 100 failure with window-boxes is due to just one thing: they do not give them enough water. Because the plants are in a container they dry out far quicker than if the plants were in the ground. It is not enough to just wet the surface of the soil, thinking that there is enough moisture below. What is happening is that only the first inch or two is wet, and the roots system below is in fact very dry with no water at all. This explains why the plants start off well because while the window box plants are young and small their roots are close to the surface, and as long as they remain in that condition they grow well enough, but as soon as they attempt to send their roots down, as all plants do, after the earlier stages of growth-they find no moisture, and in a short time they die.
There is no danger of over-watering your window box, for all surplus water will run off through the drainage holes provided in the planter. Therefore when planting window boxes make sure that you water them very well and give them a thorough soaking everyday. If you do, you will find that you will have the success you have been looking for.
CCRA MERCHANT MEMBERS DISCOUNT PROGRAM
Support our local merchants and save money too. These local merchants will provide a discount (described here) to any member who shows a current CCRA membership card (Di Bruno Bros. has its own CCRA card) and personal identification.
Recent watercolor and drawings by award winning Philadelphia area botanical artist, Carol Ashton-Hergenhan at Twenty-Two Gallery.
BLOOMSDAY: A DAY-LONG READING FROM JAMES JOYCE'S ULYESSES, TUE, 6/16, 9:30 AM - 7:30 PM
James Joyce enthusiasts from all walks of life will read
selections from Ulysses aloud.
Readings and musical performances will take place in three locations- Parkway Central Library (1901 Vine Street), Rittenhouse Square,(18th & Walnut) and the Rosenbach (2008 Delancey Place). Featuring Joyce fans to Joyce newbies to some of Philadelphia's most recognizable personalities, Bloomsday is truly a people's celebration of a great work of literature. This is a FREE program. Fore information, click here.