In light of the
COVID-19 pandemic, which makes programming and event-planning
challenging at best, we are taking a novel approach to the Summer issue
of the CCQ. We decided this would be the perfect time to focus on those
in our neighborhood and the greater community who are having an impact
in ways large and small in helping us through this crisis.
Do you know of a neighbor, friend, relative, service provider or
local merchant who is going to extraordinary lengths to make life better
for others? Do you have a story of your own to share? Pictures of good
Samaritans in action? We want to gather them all, and share them in a
special online edition of the
Center City Quarterly.
This will serve as
our Summer issue, so any regular features, such as the President's
Report and Calendar of Events, will still appear accordingly, along with
announcements and updates on events that were previously published.
Copy preferred in the form of Word attachments, 250-700 words
artwork and graphics should be submitted as jpg files (as large-format
as possible); be sure to include complete CAPTION and CREDIT information
Apropos Earth and Arbor Day
The CCRA board was recently briefed
on the state of the tree canopy in Center City West, which is part of a
larger city-wide, William Penn Foundation funded Urban
Forest Strategic Plan. It was reported that although there was a six
percent decline in tree canopy citywide over the last ten years, the
decline in Center City West was even greater, measuring over nine
percent. (See here for the report) According to Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, most
of the trees lost were 40 to 50 feet tall - in the middle of their
lifespan--and were either lost during development or fell as a result
of storms or truck damage.
it became known that the proposed Parkway Development project at 23rd
and Market was going to remove 16 trees, and was unable to replace them
on site because of SEPTA station and other underground utilities, CCRA's
Major Development Task Force members approached Parkway about
contributing to the Tree Tenders fund. The amount requested will cover
the cost to replace the 16 removed trees, and will be restricted to
Center City West. Parkway gladly accommodated this request and I am
happy to report a letter agreement has been added to an already well
thought out Community Benefits Agreement.