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.
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