Friday, March 22, 2019

CCRA Newsletter

Center City Residents' Association, 1608 Walnut St, 12th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Weekly E-Newsletter
News and Updates
Bike Lane Meeting and Survey

CCRA streets committee reps were in full force at the 22nd Street bike lane meeting on Monday night collecting comments from attendees about the proposed changes (moving the bike lane from the right side of the street to the left, installing flexi posts).   Most appeared to be in favor of the change, with the caveats that parking and loading must be protected.  But we still want to hear from you.   Below is a short survey about the proposed changes-let us know what you think.

Bike Lane Shift and Posts for 22nd St.  What do you think?

The City is proposing to move the 22nd St. bike lane (from South St. to Market St.) from the right/east side of 22nd to the left/west side.  (Parking now on the left/west side would be switched to the right/east side.) The City also proposes to install flex-posts (aka, bollards or 'flexible lane delineators') between the bike lane and the traffic lanes.  A link to the City flyer is  here. 

Proponents say there is good evidence (a) that moving the bike lane will increase bicycle safety at intersections by reducing motorists' blind spots without impacting traffic flow, (b) that flex-posts make everyone safer by clarifying where different vehicles belong, and (c) that the proposed changes will reduce congestion and pollution by encouraging cycling. 
Opponents' concerns are (a) that the proposed changes may reduce some parking and loading spaces, and (b) that flex-posts are unsightly and may be poorly maintained and may increase congestion as vehicles stop in traffic lanes to load/unload packages and passengers. Click here to take our survey.
Fantastic Spring Events

2nd Councilmanic District Debate with Kenyatta Johnson & Lauren Vidas-April 3

CCRA is hosting a debate between Democratic council person contenders Kenyatta Johnson and Lauren Vidas, primary opponents in the 2nd Councilmanic District. The debate will be held the evening of April 3-stay tuned for location and exact time. 

CASINO NIGHT honoring the Honorable Governor Edward G. Rendell-- May 9 at the Ethical Society. 6-10 PM.
  • Celebration of Center City Living CASINO NIGHT and MORE: Live music, silent auction, raffle items, adult beverages, classic movies!
  • Tickets go on sale SOON
Annual Meeting with District Attorney Larry Krasner

District Attorney Larry Krasner will be the speaker at CCRA's Annual Meeting, at which we will also hold board and executive committee elections. The Annual Meeting must be held in May-stay tuned for date, location and time.

Speaking of elections, CCRA is actively recruiting for good board members who love the neighborhood and passionate about WORKING to make it better. (see announcement below).
We're Looking for New Members for Our Board of Directors!

  • Do you love living in Center City Philadelphia?
  • Is it important to you that Center City West be an enjoyable and safe place for you and your family to live and work?
  • Do you want to have a seat at the table where some of the most important Center City West development and infrastructure projects are discussed?
Then please join us on the CCRA Board of Directors!
The Center City Residents' Association (CCRA) is a non-profit, volunteer civic group. Our territory ("CCRAville") covers Center City West, from the south side of Market Street to the north side of South Street, and from the west side of Broad Street to the Schuylkill River. Our mission is to preserve, enhance and celebrate Center City living. We work on projects, large and small: zoning, parks, schools, tree planting, clean sidewalks, neighborhood safety, recycling, community events, and more!

If you are ready to make a difference in your neighborhood and community, please apply by sending a brief cover letter along with a copy of your resume or bio to with "Board Candidate" in the subject line. Applications are due no later than Wednesday, April 10. 2019.
Our Board is a working Board.  We are seeking CCRA members who have a passion for living in CCRAville; are interested in issues of quality of life and community service; and are committed to active Board participation. Successful candidates must serve on at least one committee and agree to fulfill the responsibilities set forth in our Board Pledge, which includes devoting at least four hours per month on CCRA activities, not including time spent attending, and preparing for, monthly Board meetings.  See website for full Pledge and list of Committees
While CCRA membership is open to any individual, corporation, or organization, under our bylaws, Directors must live within our geographic borders (detailed above).
Spring Cleaning Opportunities

Church of the Holy Trinity (Rittenhouse Square) Rummage Sale on Saturday, April 6 from 9 am to 1 PM.
  • Donations accepted ONLY: March 31 (1 PM to 5 PM, April 1-4 (12 Noon to 5 PM) April 5 (9 AM to 12 Noon)
  • Clean gently used clothing men, ladies and Children's (No underwear or socks )
  • Accessories , gently used shoes, jewelry, scarves and purses.
  • Books- popular fiction and non- fiction, children's books (No encyclopedias, textbooks, technical manual or professional volumes)
  • Music CDs DVDs (No videos)
  • SMALL working appliances, dish-ware and nick-knacks (please check for chips and cracks as they do not sell)
  • Children's toys in working condition and if Jigsaw puzzles complete with all pieces.
  • Artworks, Framed posters etc. 
Trinity Memorial Church's Annual Jumble Sale --Saturday, April 27 from 9:00 a.m. to 3 p.m-- 22nd and Spruce Streets
Philadelphia City Institute Library Book Sale --Friday, May 17 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturday, May 18, from 11 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Rittenhouse Square, 1905 Locust Street,
  • Donation days: All Fridays in March; Saturday, March 30; Friday, April 5 and 12; Saturday, April 13 and 27; and Friday, May 3 and 10.
  • Hours of collection each day are 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 
  • Books must be in excellent condition; DVDs and CDs must not be scratched.
  • Please do not bring : textbooks; medical, computer science and information technology, finance, travel guidebooks, or outdated topics; foreign language; worn, tattered, or discolored books, or books with writing on them.
  • Please separate books into bags marked Fiction and Non-Fiction.

Community Events
Spring Show at the Naudain Art Collaborative 

The Naudain Art Collaborative invites you to their spring show, on Saturday, March 23 and Sunday, March 24, 12 noon to 6:00 p.m, at Ageless Gardens Gallery, 2503 Naudain Street, featuring weavings and ceramics by Leslie Sudock and pastels, watercolors, and oil paintings by Karen Villarreal. Free and open to the public.

In the Studio: "La Danse." Exclusive preview of Roni's latest work! Saturday, 3/23, 8pm
Koresh Dance Company invites you on Saturday, March 23 to an intimate evening exploring Artistic Director, Ronen Koresh's exclusive preview of his latest work at our home studio on 2002 Rittenhouse Square. Roni's new work is inspired by Henri Matisse's painting "La Danse" and will premiere at their Philadelphia Home Season April 25-28 at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre. Doors will open at 8:00pm. Performance will begin at 8:30pm at our David Cooper Black Box Theater followed by a Q&A with the artists. Guest are then invited to enjoy a post-performance reception will include wine, beer, food and music. Click or tap here for tickets.  

Classes at the Markward Playground
Mondays: Zumba at 6:00pm
Wednesdays: Ceramics at 7:00pm
Thursdays: Zumba Toning at 6:00pm

Classes are $10 per person 
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.

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)
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)

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