Friday, January 11, 2019

CCRA Newsletter

Weekly E-Newsletter
News and Updates
New Year, New Attitude 

CCRA's Board of Directors kicked off the new year with a priority setting session at their meeting on Tuesday, January 8, 2019.  Working from a long list of 12 issues of neighborhood concern, we identified the following as priorities for 2019.  (These are in alphabetical order.)
  • Historic Preservation
  • Neighborhood Redevelopment (zoning, re-mapping, zoning board of adjustment)
  • Property Taxes
  • Public Safety (crime, homelessness, panhandling)
  • Streets (potholes, bike lanes, congestion deliveries)
  • Trash and Big Bellies 
As we move into 2019, we plan to focus on these concerns via our interactions with the City's Streets, Planning, Property Assessment and Historic Preservation departments as well as our City Council representatives.  We will also have public forums on issues of community interest.
In other business Tuesday night, CCRA board voted to support the permanent installation of the bike lanes on Market/JFK between 15 and 20th Streets.  This followed a presentation by the Office of Transportation and Infrastructure Systems and Streets Department.  Support is contingent upon continuing coordination with the relevant city staff on issues such as snow removal, signage, signal timing, pedestrian facilities, bus service and parking.
Free Admission To The Museum of American History to all Furloughed Federal Workers

The Museum of the American Revolution (3rd and Chestnut) is offering free admission to all furloughed federal workers and three additional guests throughout the remainder of the partial federal government shutdown. Federal workers must show valid government ID at the front desk to redeem the offer.
The Reading Terminal Market Has Been Voted The Best Farmer's Market in the Country

Click or tap here to read the article from the Philly Voice.  
Zoning Meeting Updates

The committee will meet on Tuesday, 1/22/19, 7pm, at Brandywine BEX, 2 Commerce Sq, (2005 Market St).
Help Keep Our Sidewalks Clean 

Each year CCRA uses Neighborhood Beautification contributions to fund a $29,000 contract with the  Center City District for sidewalk cleaning after each weekly trash collection and further to finance our other aesthetic initiatives - tree planting, historic preservation, the Schuylkill River Park Community Garden.  We would be grateful if you could contribute a charitable donation to help cover the costs. Click or tap here  to donate.  If you have already contributed, thank you very much for your generous support. 

Community Events
CCD Restaurant Week

Center City District Restaurant Week, presented by Maker's Mark Bourbon and El Tesoro Tequila and supported by OpenTable and Lyft, is more popular than ever and is returning in January for nearly two weeks! From 
January 13-25, 2019, more than 115 participating restaurants will serve three-course dinners for $35 per person and three-course lunches for $20 per person (excludes tax, gratuity and alcohol). New restaurants for this season include Bai Wei, Sedition, Mission Taqueria, Giuseppe & Sons, and Fat Salmon. 

Visit to see the full list of participating restaurants and links to make reservations via OpenTable, and enter for a chance to win a grand prize of dinner once a week for a year at select Center City restaurants and a $500 TD Visa ® gift card valid at any shopping location.

Follow @PhilaRestWeek on Twitter and Instagram for the latest updates. All menus will be posted in the coming weeks.
For more information about neighborhood events, check out CCRA's Community Events Calendar
Useful Links

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 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)
Suga Restaurant, 1720 Sansom St. (215-717-8968)
Ursula Hobson Fine Art Framing, 1528 Waverly St (215.546.7889)
Astral Artists - Use promo code "CCRA" to receive a $10 flat rate on all tickets to their concerts.
Di Bruno Bros., 1730 Chestnut St, (uses separate card, see info here)
Dom's Shoe Repair, 203 S. 20th St (215-972-0098)
Eye Candy Vision, 218 S. 20th St (215-568-3937)
Home Helpers Philly, 1835 S. Broad St., Ste 2 (215-334-2600)
Jason Matthew Salon, 1735 Chestnut St, 2nd Fl (215-665-8030)
Koresh Dance Company, 2002 Rittenhouse Sq St. (267-687-1769)
Nature's Gallery Florist, 2124 Walnut St (215-563-5554)
NextMove Dance - Get $10 off  Dance Performances with your CCRA Membership.  Members use  promo code SAVE10.
Philly Foodworks - Use the code "CCRA" when signing up for home delivery and receive a $20 discount on delivery charges.
Photo Lounge 1909 Chestnut Street (267-322-6651)

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