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WHAT'S NEW IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD
Two publications make the What's New reading list each year. First we point readers to the annual Center City District publication, "The State of Center City", 75 pages of factoids about Philadelphia's downtown neighborhoods. Now it's time to read the Pew Trust "State of the City" report, 75 pages of factoids about the City as a whole.
The good news? More Philadelphians see the City headed in the "right direction" (48%) than being on the "wrong track" (33%) and, more dramatically, 67% believe the City will be a better place to live in the next 5 years while only 18% expect it to be a worse place.
But a thorough reading of the Pew report brings to mind The Tale of Two Cities' opening lines: "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..." In the "Best of times" column for civic improvement, we can place two ribbon cuttings in our backyard -Dilworth Park and the Schuylkill Banks boardwalk - and realty prices - up 34% in the last four years for 19103 and 16% for 19146 BUT for sales of residential units, the 2014 figure (14,261) is less than half of the 2005 level (29,146). Turning to unemployment, Philadelphia's rate is down three percentage points to 7.8% since 2010 BUT our unemployment figures exceed not only the rest of the country (6.2%) but also Pittsburgh (5.7%) and Boston ( 5.6%). Similarly, the City's job growth more than doubled between 2013 and 2014 from .5% to 1.3% BUT the national statistics show job growth at 1.9%. And so it goes.
LAST CALL: STREET SCENE GARDEN COMPETITION DEADLINE, MON. 7/13
Due to popular demand the GARDEN entry deadline for the Street Scene has been extended to July 13. Photography entries are due by August 15. To enter, click here.
Sponsored by Reinhold Residential, Pam Rosser Thistle, REALTOR, and Friends in the City.
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.
FRIENDS OF FIRE FIGHTERS, WED, 7/15, 6 PM, MARKWARD PLAYGROUND, TANEY AND PINE STREET
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.
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.
Uber - Limo service Uber provides $20 off a first ride, Good for new users only. Members use code CCRA14.
Philly Foodworks - Use the code "CCRA" when signing up for home delivery and receive a $20 discount on delivery charges.
NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS AND EVENTS
Summer Teen Reading Program at Phila City InsT, Tuesdays THRU 8/4, 3-4PM, 1905 Locust St.
The Philadelphia City Institute branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia located at 1905 Locust Street invites all teenagers (entering grades 7-12) to participate in our summer reading program. Interested teens should stop by the library anytime to enter the prize raffle (one hour of reading = one raffle ticket). Great prizes will be provided by the Friends of PCI Library. Teenagers can also participate in fun craft and cooking activities during the library's Teen Tuesdays program, which will be held on Tuesdays from 3:00 to 4:00 P.M. (beginning June 30 and ending August 4). Please visit the Reference Desk of the library or call 215-685-6621 for more information.
SUMMER GROUP SHOW, 7/10 - 8/9, tWENTY-TWO GALLERY, 236 S 22ND ST.
Opening Reception, Friday, 7/10, 6:00 PM
Treat yourself to a wonderful piece of original artwork this summer... It will give you enjoyment for a lifetime and can be passed on for others to enjoy in the future....and you will be supporting local artists!