WISDOM OF THE CROWD RE STUDENT RENTAL LAW: DENSITY LIMITS YES: STUDENT PROSCRIPTION NO
69 readers responded to the electronic questionnaire distributed via last week's newsletter pertaining to Bill 150649 which creates a 16 square block zoning overlay (17th to 21st, Walnut to Spruce) prohibiting:
(.1) Rooming houses;
(.2) Boarding houses;
(.3) Fraternity and sorority houses;
(.4) Housing, not owner-occupied, for "students" (defined as "any person under the age of twenty-three (23) years enrolled full-time in a college or university undergraduate degree program ")
The wisdom of the crowd which participated in the electronic survey:
43 opposed Bill 150649 as drafted while 18 favored it.
36 thought that student presence in the neighborhood was not a problem now while 12 found student presence a current problem.
34 thought that the two garage to residential conversions on the 2000 block of Rittenhouse Square Street might create quality of life issues while 24 disagreed.
42 were opposed to legislation restricting rentals by age while 9 favored such legislation.
41 were opposed to legislation restricting rentals by student status while 16 favored such legislation.
44 were in favor of the provisions prohibiting rooming, boarding and fraternity/sorority houses while 13 opposed this provision.
42 favored legislation which would limit density as a way to address the issues presented by the two garage to residential conversions on the 2000 block of Rittenhouse Square Street while 15 would not favor such an approach.
Of the 69 respondents to the questionnaire, 21 live in the overlay area and three more live on the southern side of Spruce, just beyond the overlay's southern boundary on the north side of Spruce.
The questionnaire tallies were in line with the audience poll conducted at the CCRA sponsored October 27 meeting re Bill 140569. Thirty one people raised their hands in opposition to legislation barring rentals to students while 10 voted in favor of the proposition. Forty six hands were raised in favor of addressing the issue via density legislation while two attendees opposed a density limitation approach. Asked whether the City should do something or do nothing, 40 hands were raised in favor of doing something while 14 favored " do nothing."
More equivocal replies were received from the 39 questionnaire respondents attending the October 27 public meeting, 30 of whom lived within the 16 square block overlay. In this sample, there was an even split on the merits of the current legislation and while most respondents opposed rental limitations by age and student status, the margins were less dramatic.
CITY OFFICIALS DISCUSS NEIGHBORHOOD ISSUES, THURS, 11/12, 6-7:30 PM, GREENFIELD SCHOOL, 22ND & CHESTNUT ST
Your chance to get up close and personal with your councilman's office and reps from some of the City's offices. A great opportunity to ask and learn and express the neighborhood concerns.
Philadelphia Fleet Management, City Commissioners, Office of Support Housing, and the Streets Departments will discuss neighborhood issues such as questions already suggested by CCRAers re the city's aging emergency vehicles, voter turnout, ending homelessness, broken sidewalks and curb cuts.
PUBLIC MTG RE HIGH RISE ON SW CORNER OF 19TH & CHESTNUT, WED,11/18, 7 PM, LUTH CHURCH 2110 CHESTNUT
At this gathering, a neighborhood tradition, 12 congregations in our area's Christian, Jewish and Islamic faith communities invite residents to join them in offering thanks in their respective traditions. Click here to view the list of congregations participating in the gathering.
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 promo code CCRA14.
Philly Foodworks - Use the code "CCRA" when signing up for home delivery and receive a $20 discount on delivery charges.
CCRA DISCOUNT ON BODYTRAFFIC AT THE PRINCE THEATER, THRU 11/8, 1412 CHESTNUT ST
Known for its athletic and theatrical dancing, varied repertoire and works commissioned by some of today's most sought after choreographers, BODYTRAFFIC returns to Philadelphia for six performances.
Performances take place Friday, November 6 at 8pm; Saturday, November 7 at 2pm and 8pm; and Sunday, November 8 at 3pm. Tickets cost $20-$57 and can be purchased in person at the Prince Theater Box Office, by phone 215-422-4580 or onlinehttp://princetheater.org/bodytraffic.
Dance Affiliate - Get $10 off Dance Performances with your CCRA Membership. Members use promo code allattheprince.
NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS AND EVENTS
TOUR THE MARIAN ANDERSON RESIDENCE MUSEUM WITH PENN VILLAGE, FRI, 11/13, 11AM, 762 S. MARTIN STREET
Marian Anderson Residents Museum
Marian Anderson was born in Philadelphia in 1897 and with her rich contralto voice, hard work and courage became one of the most celebrated singers of the twentieth century. She also was an important figure in the struggle for black artists to overcome racial prejudice in the United States during the mid-twentieth century.
Her 19th home is located at 762 S. Martin Street (which is between 19th & 20th Streets), and runs between Fitzwater and Catherine Streets. Because of the historic structure, the house is unfortunately not wheelchair accessible. The cost is $10. Please register by Friday, 11/6, by mailing a check, including your contact information, to201 South 21st Street Philadelphia, PA 19103. If you prefer to pay through PayPal,click here.
FILM SHOOTING IN OUR NEIGHBORHOOD, 11/11-11/13
An M. Night Shyamalan film crew will be working in the neighborhood so that there will be restrictions.
Tuesday, November 10, 10pm through Saturday, November 14, 2am:
E side of S 21st St, btw Spruce & Pine Sts
S side of Spruce Sts, btw 20th & 21st Sts, and from 21st St halfway toward 22nd St
S side of Pine Sts, btw 20th & 21st Sts
S side of Delancey Pl, 50' E of S 21st St
ART EXHIBIT AT TWENTY-TWO GALLERY, "SEA TREASURES," BY ANDREA BALDECK, FRI, 11/13 THRU SUN, 12/6, 226 S. 22ND ST
"Nautilus Quartet" archival silver gelatin print, by Andrea Baldeck
Opening Reception: Friday, November 13th, 6 to 9 PM
The series Sea Treasures offers black and white still life arrangements to highlight the shapes and contours of shells, bones and carapaces. Combined with vintage texts of design and zoology, the result is an interplay of two and three dimensions intended to engage the eye, stimulate thought, and renew our sense of wonder at the natural world.
ICE RINK REOPENS AT DILWORTH PARK ON FRI, 11/13, CITY HALL
The Rothman Institute Ice Rink at Dilworth Park opens next week through February 28, offering the new Rothman Cabin, where skaters can enjoy warm drinks and food without having to take off their skates. The rink will also offer special sled skating accommodations for disabled skaters. Sled skating for children and adults will be supervised by trained staff to help push the sleds or train sled skaters in using the equipment. Sleds can be reserved during scheduled sessions that begin in January. For schedule and ticket prices, click here.
UPDATE ON OPEN STREETS PHL CAMPAIGN, MON, 11/16, 6-8 PM, MEYERSON HALL, UPENN, 210 S. 34TH ST
Since the Pope's visit with attendant street closures, Open Street Philly has formally campaigned for well-planned open streets events in the summer/fall. This group will screen of a series of short films about Open Streets. RSVP here. Tickets are going fast and capacity is limited.