Friday, July 1, 2016

CCRA Newsletter

Our Sponsors

William Penn House      AT&T      Elfant Wisshickon      Firstrust Bank              Di Bruno Brothers        Moore Brothers Wine Company  
Mark your Calendar
Beer Garden Happy Hour on the Schuylkill, Fri, 7/1, 6 PM, under the Walnut Street Bridge

Street Scene Urban Garden Registration To Win Dollar Prizes Due 7/15

Save the Date: PA Supreme Court to Hear Argument in School Funding Lawsuit, Tue, 9/13

See Details Below
What's New in the Neighborhood
Center City & Commuting: Not an Oxymoron
It is easy to feel compassion for (or superiority to) our  friends in the suburbs  whom we tend to regard as sentenced  to a lifetime of  commuting, usually  by car,  with no hope of parole - dead men driving as it were. But the most recent report from the Center City District belies this attitude.  Even though 60% of the residents river to river, Girard to Tasker,  get to work without a car,  24% reverse commute to employment  out of Philadelphia. Given that statistic,  it is not surprising that a significant portion of downtown residents drive to work. Of 16 downtown neighborhoods studied, our  Rittenhouse Square community  reported the smallest incidence of auto commuting . Even so,  one out of four employees residing in the Rittenhouse Square area,   commute  by car. The percentage grows in nearby neighborhoods, in Graduate Hospital, the figure is 37%  and in Society Hill 44% motor to work. The top two  targets for reverse commutes are Lower Merion and Bensalem, both just across the City border. Number three is Upper Merion where 15% of the jobs are staffed by Philadelphia residents, many of whom work at the King of Prussia mall, followed closely by Abington, which also borders Philadelphia's boundaries. Those four destinations account for 58% of the reverse commute to the top ten destinations.  While a quarter of our neighbors reverse commute by car, many use regional rail, Paoli station being the most popular destination. 
CCRA News & Events

Street Scene Urban Garden Competition


Categories (For Plantings Visible from the Street in CCRA Area)
                                                  1st Prize     2nd Prize  3rd Prize   
Residential Window Boxes           $150           $75            $50
Residential Tree Wells                  $150           $75            $50
Residential Container Garden      $150           $75            $50
Best Business Planting                 $150           $75            $50

All entries must be received by July 15th. For information and to register, click here.

Lead Sponsors:                                 Sponsor:
         Berkshire Hathaway                          Bala Golf Club
         Rittenhouse Market
         South Square Market
Schuylkill Beer Garden Happy Hour, Fri, 7/1, 6PM, 25th & Walnut (under the Walnut Street Bridge)

Summer is finally here! And with summer comes a Pop-up Party at the new Pop-Up Beer Garden under the Walnut Street Bridge on the Banks! Alcohol will be flowing, we will be relaxing and enjoying a carefree night out by the river. If you've ever been to a pop-up party, we're sure you haven't experienced one quite like this! So come, join us for an evening filled with laughter, libations and lite fare at the Schuylkill in all its glory.

* The beer garden is south of the Walnut Street Bridge on the Banks trail
* There will be food and drinks for sale - must be over 21 to enter
* All alcoholic beverages need to kept in the beer garden
* Bring a chair and blanket because space is at a premium
* Friends and neighbors welcome!
Homes Needed for CCRA's 58th Annual Fall House Tour

Our 58th Annual House Tour on Sunday, Oct. 23 will be 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
Office Closure

In observance of the Independence Day Holiday, the office is closed on Monday, July 4 and will reopen on Tuesday, July 5, 9 AM.
Garbage Collection

In observance of Independence Day, no garbage will be collected on Monday, July 4.  All trash collection will resume on Tuesday, July 5.
Last Chance: Apply to be a Zoning Committee Member

The CCRA zoning committee (ZC) seeks CCRA members interested in serving on the ZC.  Those interested should send a resume and statement of interest to the CCRA office via email or mail to: 

Center City Residents' Association
1600 Market Street
Suite 2500
Philadelphia, PA 19103 

The term is from July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2019.

As a goal, the Committee seeks 50% of its members from the following professions:
  • Design professionals (architects, landscape architects, urban designers, planners, transportation/civil engineers) 
  • Real Estate Professionals (zoning lawyers, developers, property management professionals, appraiser, realtors, financiers)
Democratic Convention Info - Mon, 7/25 - Thurs, 7/28

The links below provide the latest news, events, etc.:

Save The Date: Tuesday, 9/13
PA Supreme Court School Funding Lawsuit

On Tuesday, September 13, 2016, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court will hear oral argument in Rm 456 in City Hall at 9 AM in the education funding lawsuit. 
This lawsuit seeks to ensure a long-term solution to the school funding crisis, so that all Pennsylvania children receive an adequate education, no matter where they live.

Citizens who attend the hearing can show the court that this case is an important civic issue.
Neighborhood News and Events
Art Exhibition at Twenty-Two Gallery: Summer Group Show Fri, 7/8 thru Sun 8/7, 236 S. 22nd St.

Opening Reception Friday, July 8, 6 PM

Twenty-Two Gallery represented artists and guest artists will show their best original works in many styles and mediums.  Mediums include: photography; oils; water color; sculpture; Sumi-e  & print work.  Many sizes and price ranges to choose from.
Phila Art Alliance presents "Greetings from Kolkata, India" Exhibition and Sale, Fri, 7/8 thru, Sun 7/10, 12-7 PM, 251 S. 18th St.

The Art Alliance will host an exhibition and sale by the Crafts Council of West Bengal of handmade, hand-spun, hand-woven, embroidered and quilted textiles and crafts from West Bengal, India. The products being showcased include various embroidery, such as Kantha (the Quilt Stitch of Bengal) and Satgaon (quilt embroidery), hand-spun and hand-woven scarves and sarees (Khadi), stoles, scarves, bags and cushion covers dyed using natural sources.  Admission and Sale is Free.  For more information, click here.
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.

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)
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)
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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