Friday, May 13, 2016

CCRA Newsletter

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Mark your Calendar

Town Hall with Sen. Larry Farnese, 7 PM, TONITE, May 12,  BZBI, 18th & Spruce

Public Mtg re 2402 Market St, 7 PM, Thurs, May 19, Luth. Ch., 21st & Chestnut

CCRA Yearly Membership Mtg., 7 PM, Wed, May 25,  AVA, 1920 Spruce St

See Details Below
What's New in the Neighborhood 
Center City Quizzo

Spring has arrived. Time to crack open the Center City District's "State of Center City" annual report. Seventy one pages crammed with facts and figures. A must read for residents of CCRAville. It's also time for our second annual CCD Quizzo contest. Answers are in this link.  
1.      The United Kingdom provides the largest number of international visitors to the City - that's been the case since General Howe assumed residency in the 70's (the 1770's) What country provides the second largest contingent of visitors?
2.    The populations of Boston and Washington, which are basically identical, are:
a.      70% of Philadelphia's population
b.      60% of Philadelphia's population
c.       50% of Philadelphia's population
d.      40% of Philadelphia's population
3.      Which area of CCRAland has the highest level of pedestrian activity?
a.      1700 block of Walnut
b.      17th and Chestnut intersection
c.       16th and Chestnut intersection  
4.      In measurements of annual growth in private (non governmental) wage and salary jobs from 2010 to 2014, the rankings of  Baltimore, Chicago, Detroit, and Philadelphia were from highest (greatest growth)  to lowest (least growth):
a.      Baltimore, Chicago, Philadelphia, Detroit.
b.      Detroit, Baltimore, Chicago, Philadelphia,
c.       Detroit, Baltimore, Chicago, Philadelphia
d.      Chicago, Philadelphia, Detroit,  Baltimore
5.      In the five years between 2010 and 2015, enrollment in public primary neighborhood catchment area schools ( i.e. non charter schools) has:
a.   Decreased by more than 10%
b.   Decreased by between 5 and 10%
c.      Decreased by between 5 and 0%
d.     Increased  less than 5%
e.     Increased more than 5%
6.      What percentage of the residents of what the CCD terms "Greater Center City" ( Girard to Tasker, river to river) walk to work?

a.      Between 5 and 10%
b.      Between 10 and 15%
c.       Between 15 and 20%
d.      Between 20 and 25%
e.      Between 25 and 30%
7.      What percentage of the residents of what the CCD terms "Greater Center City" (Girard to Tasker, river to river) drive to work?

a.      Between 10 and 20%
b.      Between 20% and 30%
c.       Between 30% and 40%
d.      Between 40% and 50%
e.      Between 50% and 60%
CCRA News and Events
Member Vote on  Bylaw Revisions at May 25 Annual Meeting 
The CCRA board, by a 2/3 vote, approved  the following bylaw changes for the membership's  approval at the May 25 annual meeting to be held at  7 pm the Academy of Vocal Arts, 1920 Spruce Street:
1.                  Article IV(C) lines 43 - 45 - clarifies of the rights of Commercial Members ensuring that Commercial Members who also reside in the CCRA area will be accorded resident member privileges.
2.         Article V(B) lines 55 - 58 - clarifies that  written notice includes email and other electronic text.
3.         Article V(D) lines 63 - 69 - clarification of residence requirement for board members, and provision addressing lapsed membership by board members.  Codifies current practice.
4.         Article VI(D) lines 99 - 100- clarification of voting rights and meeting attendance requirements  for ex-presidents.
 5.        Article VIII(C) lines 178 - 179  - clarification of right of Executive Committee to discount membership fees to attract/retain members.  Codifies current practice.
6.         Article IX(A)(1) lines 198 - 202 - establishes procedure for board oversight of Executive Committee actions. 
7.         Article X(A) lines 238 - 239 - clarifies  President's discretion in excusing board meeting absences.  Codifies current practice.
PA Senator Larry Farnese Town Hall, TONITE, 5/12, 7 - 8 PM, Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel, 300 S. 18th St

Learn what Senator Farnese is doing and planning on doing and express your concerns.
Public Meeting re 2402 Market St. Project, Thurs, 5/19, 7 PM, Lutheran Church, 21st & Chestnut St

A neighborhood meeting will be held Thurs May 19  to elicit comments on plans proposed for 2402 Market, the former " Marketplace Design Center" situated between the Market and Chestnut Street bridges over the Schuylkill.  The parcel is currently zoned CMX 4, a commercial mixed use classification which permits a 500 FAR (floor area ratio)  so that the project's  square footage can amount to 5 times the lot size. The existing structure  is 5 stories in height and, according to the developer,  contains 268,000 sq. ft.  The existing building's brick façade will be redone to accommodate larger floor to ceiling windowsThe plans call for about 33,000 sq. ft. of restaurants and retail fronting  Market and Chestnut on a level designated as the first floor.. The developer advises that the  lowest level, accessed on 24th street,  is dedicated to "loading requirements  an internet office and support program".  Floors 2 - 7 will contain about 344,000 sq. ft. of office space with floor to ceiling windows. The eleven floors above, from levels 8 through 18, will include 321 luxury apartments (including 1,2,and 3 bedroom units lounges, roof terraces, and a fitness center). This section will be clad with a panelized façade system that incorporates painted metal and glass materials. The top floor will contain a penthouse amenity space which will be fully glazed  for views in all directions.  The developer proposes to qualify the building for LEED platinum certification
A newly constructed riverfront promenade, landscaped for public use, will connect Market and Chestnut Streets to accommodate outdoor dining and recreation, along with street level improvements around the building. Parking will be provided in an adjacent garage.
Pursuant to the zoning code, a non binding Civic Design Review meeting will be held on May 31 at 1 pm on the 18th Floor of 1515 Arch Street. 

The Crosstown Coalition'sSugar/Soda Tax Debate
Monday, May 23, 2016 7-8 pm at United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania
1709 Ben Franklin Parkway
Moderator Sam Katz will host pro-tax advocate Donna Cooper and anti-tax speaker Lauren Vidas and field audience questions.
Space is limited.  CLICK HERE to register.
Post debate drinks at Con Murphy's (1700 Parkway). First drink courtesy of the Crosstown.
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 the City of Philadelphia

  • "Mike D" as he is known, is an exceptional speaker and will talk about what quality services to Philadelphia citizens means and the Managing Director's role in Philly government, and 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.
Local Merchant Spotlight                                                      

Next Move & Dance AffiliatesThis week's local merchant spot light turns to our neighbor Randy Schwarz and Dance Affiliates.  For 30 years+, Randy has been bringing world-class modern dance to Philadelphia - stuff you'd have to go Manhattan to see if it hadn't been for Randy, previously the long time artistic director of Dance Celebration, at the Annenberg.  Randy is one of those people you don't hear much about but whose efforts have made today's Center City a great place to live.  The current show - Momix' Opus Cactus, which runs through May 22 - is a must see.  Tickets Here: Discounts & more information in the calendar section.  
Neighborhood News and Events
Dance Affiliates presents MOMIX in Opus Cactus: Prince Theater, 1412 Chestnut, Now thru Sun, 5/22

Don't Miss This.  Known worldwide for multi-media works of exceptional inventiveness and astounding physical beauty, MOMIX brings its spectacular "Opus Cactus" to close NextMove Dance's inaugural season at the Prince Theater. 

Built on 19 stunning vignettes, Opus Cactus is a "a sprawling, luscious fantasy" (NY Times) features low-flying trapeze, vaulting poles, larger-than-life puppets designed by Michael Curry, constructed costumes by Phoebe Katzin, and harnesses and belly dollies taking audiences on an imaginative adventure through the Southwest landscape, examining a vast landscape filled with snakes, lizards, cacti, birds and Native American culture. Performances are at 7:30 PM May 11 (Wed), 7:30 PM May 12 (Th), 8:00 May 13 (F), 2:00 & 8:00 May 14 (Sat), 3:00 May 15 (Sun), 7:30 May 18 (Wed), 7:30 May 19 (Th), 8:00 May 20 (F), 2:00 & 8:00 May 21 (Sat), & 3:00 May 22 (Sun).  Tickets ($37-$57.) can be purchased at or in person at the box office, 1412 Chestnut Street.  $10 off ticket prices for CCRA members by using the promo code allattheprince.  NextMove at the Prince is presented by Dance Affiliates, a presenter of world-class dance, under the artistic direction of our neighbor Randy Swartz.  More info at
Art in the Open, Fri, 5/13 thru, Sun, 5/15, 9 am - 5 pm, Schuylkill Banks

Art in the Open is an annual event, originated by Ed Bronstein, center city artist and CCRA Member. AiO will take place along the Schuylkill Banks from Fairmount Water Works to Bartram's Gardens. The public is invited to observe up close, engaging with the artists during their process of creation. Artists' working times will vary. For more information, click here.
Art Exhibition at Twenty-Two Gallery: "Patterns of Nature" Photography by Andy Smith, 5/13 thru 6/5, 236 S. 26th St

"River Rock Patterns" archival pigment print on canvas
Opening Reception: Friday, 5/13, 6 PM

"From sunsets to painted hills, from colorful leaves to rocks in the river, from birds in flight or on the water to flowing streams and mushrooms on fallen trees - all these patterns reflect a beauty present in everything. Dostoevsky noted in The Idiot that beauty will save the earth. I believe
this and hope my portrayal of small reflections of this beauty will move
your soul to recognition of deeper connections." - Andy Smith
Design Queen Village Open House and Business Tour, Sat, 5/14, 12 - 4 pm, Tour Begins at 4th & Bainbridge 

Explore Queen Village through this self-guided walking tour hosted by Queen Village Neighbors Association and the South Street Headhouse District,  featuring  several houses in the neighborhood along with stores on South Street and Fabric Row that offer design related services. The tour culminates with refreshments at Natuzzi Italia at 321 South Street. Advance ticket purchase is suggested for $25; day of tour $30. Proceeds benefit QVNA and projects within the neighborhood.  Brochures and tour badges will be available on Bainbridge Green at 4th and Bainbridge Streets on tour day (the starting point of the tour). Purchase Tickets
Rittenhouse Square Reconsidered: Free Lecture: Elijah Anderson, Sun, 5/15, 1 PM, Church of the Holy Trinity, 1904 Walnut St.

In his book, "The Cosmopolitan Canopy: Race and Civility in Everyday Life," Elijah Anderson, Yale Sociologist/Ethnographer, illuminates the public life of Philadelphia, talking on the "cosmopolitan canopy" - the urban island of civility and cultural convergence existing amid the ghettos, suburbs, and ethnic enclaves in which segregation is the norm. Chapter four of the book discusses Rittenhouse Square as a "cosmopolitan canopy."
Naudain Street Art Collaborative Exhibition, Sat, 5/21, 11 AM - 7 PM, Ageless Gardens, 2503 Naudain Street

The Naudain Street Art Collaborative will hold an exhibition of the work of Priya Patel and Burnell Yow. Priya Patel is a photographer and painter. Burnell Yow of Ravenswing Studio, is an intuitive artist working in paint, collage, assemblage, sculpture, digital art and photography.  Meet your neighborhood artists, view their work, and purchase directly. Refreshments will be served. The exhibition is free and open to visitors. For more information, email:

Society Hill Open House and Garden Tour
Sunday, May 22, 2016

For more information, click here, call 215-629-1288 or email Matt DeJulio.
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.

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)
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)

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
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