Friday, April 22, 2016

CCRA News Letter

Drive-by Planning
PA Senator Larry Farnese Town Hall
CCRA Annual Meeting
CCRA Merchant Member Discount Program
Free Street Trees
The Friends of PCI Book Sale
Rittenhouse Square Flower Market for Children's Charities



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Tuesday, April 26

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Thursday, May 12

Tuesday, May 24
Zoning Meeting

Wednesday, May 25
Annual Meeting

Tuesday, June 14
Board of Directors Meeting

CANCELLED: Public Meeting re 2402 Market Street Project, Thursday, 4/28, 7 PM, Lutheran Church, 21st & Chestnut - The developer advised that new plans are being prepared necessitating a continued date.
Drive-by Planning:  The Registered Community Organization (RCO) Regulations
At the Planning Commission's March 15 meeting, the Commission staff requested the Commission's approval of amendments to regulation of the operations of Registered Community Organizations (RCOs) which are empowered by the "new" (2012) zoning code to conduct public hearings as to land use applications. CCRA is an RCO as are the other 20 members of the Crosstown Coalition.
The staff's March 15 recommendations are the latest example of the staff's infrequent but alarming use of   "drive-by planning" procedures, planning exercises conducted in the dark and in haste.  The staff plans presented on Tuesday March 15 had been delivered to the Commissioners the preceding   Friday at 3:57 pm (along with 12 other agenda "action items").  But the Commissioners at least had one business day to review the regulations. Not so the subjects of the proposed regulations, the RCOs, who received copies of the amendments 9 days after the meeting on March 24.   At the March 15 meeting the RCO volunteers could provide no citizen input as to plans they had not seen. Not only were the RCOs kept in the dark as to the amended regulations, they were not consulted by the Commission staffers when they prepared these regulations pertaining to RCO procedures. Jane Jacobs, the matriarch of city planning, stated that cities "are created by everybody". On occasions such as last March 15, it appears that Commission staffers adhere to a different credo - that cities are created by planners.
Fortunately, the Commissioners deferred their vote until the April meeting, affording RCOs the opportunity to weigh in on the amendments presented by the staff. And, credit where credit is due, many of the Commission staff's recommendations are sensible and appropriate. Even so, we all would be better served by staff procedures in which the community was consulted at the onset of the planning process and where ample time is afforded for examination of proposed plans. 
PA Senator Larry Farnese Town Hall, Thurs, 5/12, 7 - 8 PM, Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel, 300 S. 18th St

Have a dialogue with Senator Farnese about what he's doing and planning on doing. Plus, you will have the opportunity to express your concerns.
CCRA Annual Meeting, Wed., 5/25, 7 PM, Acad of Vocal Arts, 1920 Spruce St
Our Most Important Meeting of the Year
Members Vote in New Officers

Special Keynote Speaker:
  Michael DiBerardinis, Managing Director for Mayor Kenney
  • "Mike D" as he is known, is an exceptional speaker and will talk about the Kenney administration's plans and values.  As managing director, DiBerardinis oversees operations of a myriad of city departments.
  • He was Philadelphia's Parks and Recreation czar, a longtime cabinet appointee to two mayors, Deputy Mayor in the Nutter Administration, and Deputy Mayor for Environmental and Community Resources. 
  • DiBerardinis, 66, is well-known and respected among city officials, government workers, and political leaders.
CCRA Merchant Member 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.

Computer Troubleshooters,108 S. 20th St. (215-825-2101)
Crow & The Pitcher, 267 S. 19th St (267-876-2808)
Di Bruno Bros., 1730 Chestnut St. and the Market at the Comcast Center (215-665-9220)
Dom's Shoe Repair, 203 S. 20th St (215-972-0098)
Eye Candy Vision, 218 S. 20th St (215-568-3937)
Koresh Dance Company, 2002 Rittenhouse Sq St. (267-687-1769)
Liberty Vet Pets, 265 S. 20th St. (888-458-8587)
Nature's Gallery Florist, 2124 Walnut St (215-563-5554)
PhotoLounge 1909 Chestnut Street (267-322-6651)
Twenty-Two Gallery, 236 S. 22nd St, (215-772-1911)
Raven Lounge, 1718 Sansom St. (215-840-3577)
Rim's Dry Cleaners & Tailors,2203 South St. (215-546-1889)
Rittenhouse Hardware, 2001 Pine St. (215-735-6311)

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.

Dance Affiliate - Get $10 off  Dance Performances with your CCRA Membership.  Members use  promo code allattheprince.

My Doc Urgent Care, - 1420 Locust St (215 800-1909). Show your membership card and for a $25 flu shot with this coupon

Free Street Trees
Does your sidewalk need a tree? Does your block need several trees? 
The Friends of Schuylkill River Park Tree Tenders is the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) certified Tree Tenders group for the Plant One Million campaign for the CCRA area. They are currently collecting applications for the fall 2016 planting. Trees are chosen and supplied by the PHS and planted by volunteers. Property owners must agree to care for and water weekly during the growing season (April - October) for two years.
For more information, email Tree Tenders group leader
Susan Kahn or contact Andrew Terhune at 215 850 9957. Applications for the fall tree planting are due by April 23. Click here for the PHS tree request form which should be emailed to Susan Kahn or to Andrew Terhune ,or drop through mail slot at 2024 Pine St., 19103-6523.  

Help make Center City part of a greener and healthier region.
The Friends of the Philadelphia City Institute Library Book Sale, Sat, 4/30, 11 am - 4 pm, 1905 Locust St
To make this sale a success, PCI is asking donations of used books, CDs, DVDs and audiobooks.  They accept books in all subjects (novels, history, cookbooks, etc.) as long as the books are in excellent or "like new" condition.  No cassettes or old books will be received.  Please bring books to the Reference Desk at PCI by 4/23.
Rittenhouse Square Flower Market for Children's Charities, Wed 5/4 - Thurs, 5/5, 9 - 6 pm, 19th & Walnut
The 102nd annual Rittenhouse Square Flower Market for Children's Charities features indoor/outdoor plants, herbs, crafts, collectibles, last-minute Mother's Day gifts, children's activities, adult coloring, food, entertainment and the "Hopscotch Challenge".  Funds to be raised benefit specific projects for Elwyn's Davidson SchoolFrankie's World FoundationPennsylvania School for the Deaf (PATCH&S) and Ryan's Case for Smiles, which will also be showcasing their organizations.  Free and open to the public. For more information, click here, email, or call 215-668-2941.
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