members have asked that we clearly state the need to wear masks when
outside, especially if you are biking or running. Although it seems like
common sense and common courtesy, I have had several somewhat heated
conversations about this topic. CCRA has looked into the regulations
regarding mask wearing outside. Consistent with everything else we know
about the Covid-19, the policies at the local, state and federal levels
are consistently vague. While mask wearing outside, for any activity, is
encouraged, it is not required if you are socially distant.
Philadelphia says you don't need a mask outside if you are staying six feet away from others.
The Bicycle Coalition(citing CDC guidelines--about to expire tonight) recommends that bikers wear masks and practice social distancing when riding.
could not find an organization comparable to the Bicycle Coalition for
runners but Philadelphia Runner, a long time CC running supply shop,
sponsors several running clubs. On their blog, they cite CDC guidelines
(again, about to expire tonight) for mask wearing and share directions
on making your own mask.
Line - although clearly a best practice, wearing a mask outdoors is not
required. Philadelphia guidance stipulates that you must be socially
distanced (at least 6' from others) but with no enforcement, this is
meaningless. CCRA will continue to recommend mask wearing but that is
all it is, a recommendation.
Visit our special Covid-19 page on our website for more news and info.
Hats Off to CCRA's Amazing Zoning Committee
Tuesday night the CCRA zoning committee
hosted a zoom meeting and heard three cases for variance requests. Even
more complicated that recent meeting we conducted for CDR, it went off
smoothly. Coordinating three presentations, three sets of concerned
neighbor comments, and then voting, co-chairs Sam Gordon and Janice
Woodcock made it look easy. They deserve a big thanks for keeping our
responsibilities to the neighborhood moving ahead.
RIP Russell Meddin
Russell Meddin was not a CCRA board member, did not even live in the
neighborhood, but I am marking his passing (on April 14) because he had a
profound effect on our neighborhood. A longtime resident of Logan
Square Neighborhood and member of that association, Russell played an
instrumental role in advocating for crossings over the CSX tracks into
the Schuylkill Banks (at Locust and Race streets). For those who don't
remember (or don't know) starting in 2004, CSX was threatening to wall
off the Banks. Russell along with several neighbors formed the
Schuylkill River Park Alliance. The organization ran an effective
beta-digital campaign that achieved the seemingly impossible-- a legal
settlement between the City and CSX to allow for the construction of
electronic control gate rail crossings (the first of their kind in North
America) and a pedestrian bridge from Schuylkill River Park. Today
over 1 million people/year use these crossings safely. Russell had many
more accomplishments, but none had a bigger effect on our
neighborhood. He will be missed. (for more about Russell, click here).
Applying for a free street tree!
PHS is processing on-line for the fall planting. The application can be found here. Thanks to a generous donor a limited number of $100 grants are available to be used for stump grinding.
From the Dept of Environmental and Occupational Health at Drexel University
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Keeping our Neighborhood Clean and Safe During the Pandemic
As I write this, we are in a time that none of us has
experienced or would have predicted even a few months ago. Most of us
are staying safely at home and socially distant when going outside-
giving our sidewalks a strange, deserted look. So it is more important than ever that our streets are clean and safe, with an abundance of public space for us to enjoy. CCRA makes a major contribution to this effort. We have a $30,000 contract with the Center City District to clean neighborhood sidewalks after weekly trash collection, which is not covered by membership dues. A
look at the city's Litter Index Map shows our neighborhood is among the
cleanest in the city. In addition to diligence from our terrific
residents, who take pride in keeping the neighborhood clean and green, the sidewalk cleaning is a big part of this. It's an expensive, but extraordinarily successful program
CCRA's Neighborhood Clean Safe and Green
Campaign supports many initiatives - tree planting, historic
preservation, the Schuylkill River Park Community Garden and oversight
of neighborhood development. Just recently, the developer of a major new
office building on Market Street negotiated a very favorable Community
Benefits Agreement with CCRA, which includes $14,000 to replace trees which will be lost.
also particularly active at this time on issues of neighborhood safety.
In response to two close-by murders over the winter, we convened two
community meetings, organized a neighborhood safety committee, and
established heightened liaison with the police and the many
organizations dealing with increased panhandling and homelessness.
Through these continuing efforts, the police have been particularly
responsive to moving unmasked panhandlers away from open food stores and
pharmacies and preventing large groups from re-establishing themselves
in or near Rittenhouse Square, which was the source of at least one
(as-yet unsolved) stabbing.
also attentive to the current need for more useable outdoor spaces and
has spearheaded an effort with other community organizations to lobby
the city to permit use of certain streets for pedestrians, joggers, and
bicyclists at a time when such space is not being used by cars, but
could be a welcome outlet for exercise.
These efforts are not free. Like many other non-profit organizations, we had to cancel
our spring fundraiser, the popular House and Garden Tour, which has
left a large hole in our budget. We also can't plan on repeating our
successful Casino Night in the fall. We know there are many unmet needs
right now and social and charitable organizations of every kind are
competing for scarce dollars in a scary and uncertain time. But we also
need to ask for your help. Support in any amount helps and is tax deductible. To make your online donation, click below or download the form below to mail it in.
help keep our neighborhood clean, beautiful, open and safe with a
donation to CCRA's Keeping our Neighborhood Clean, Safe and Green
Thank you for everything you do to make our neighborhood better!