of life issues (panhandling, doorway sleeping, excess vehicle noise,
street crime) remain a problem in Center City. Despite the stress placed
on the police and the homeless services outreach office, it is still
important for residents to report their concerns to 911. Operators will
answer and dispatch appropriate personnel to respond, subject to
available resources. If the reports exceed the capacity to respond, the
call records can support budget reallocations to improve response
times. District 9 has been very cooperative with CCRA in responding as
promptly as possible to maintain the quality of life in the neighborhood
during a hot and challenging summer. Residents are urged to say
vigilant…and safe. And call 9-1-1 as appropriate.
CCRA President Maggie Mund Invited to Join City's Community Advisory and Accountability Council
The Office of the City Controller on Wed., August 19 announced the
members of its Community Advisory and Accountability Council. The
newly-formed Council was created to advise and support the Controller’s
Office independent review of the City’s response to the civil unrest
following the murder of George Floyd.
The Council is comprised of community and nonprofit leaders,
business owners and residents of Philadelphia, and includes CCRA
President Maggie Mund. It will be co-chaired by Jeff Brown, President
and CEO of Brown’s Superstores and Rev. Mark Tyler, Pastor, Mother
Details on the mission and makeup of the Council can be found in the statement from the City Controller’s Office, found here.
CCRA Zoning Committee Meeting
You are invited to attend CCRA's Monthly Public Zoning Committee Meeting via Zoom
Tuesday, August 25, 2020, 7PM
You can attend the meeting here or call: 646 558 8656
of this “new normal,” we have decided to make a change regarding
receipt of your membership packet. When you join/renew, you will receive
a confirmation email that explains that both your membership packet and
card will be sent out electronically. Once you receive your card, you
can either print it out or you can save it on your phone, to show our
Merchant Members and use for their discounts. If you would like to
receive it in the mail, email Travis at firstname.lastname@example.org
CCRA would like
to welcome our newest Merchant Member, Veda Restaurant, servicing
modern Indian cuisine. Veda is offering or members a 10% discount on
take out or outdoor dining. Please show your membership card when you
order or pick up.
We are very
grateful to all of our Merchant Members (please see list below) who have
supported CCRA over the years and provide impressive member benefits.
During these unprecedented times we need to support our local businesses
more than ever.
Did you know, completing the 2020 Census takes just 10 minutes, and will have an impact on the city for the next 10 years?
If just one
person is missed in the 2020 Census count, Philadelphia could face
the loss of $21,000 in federal funding over the next ten years. If an
undercount happens, the city’s capacity to meet the needs of its
residents will be seriously impacted.
Take action to improve your community and complete the Census!
City Institute Library, located on RIttenhouse Square, now has a 24/7
book drop. Return library materials at any time of the day or night
through the book return slot.
Purchase a #MaskUpPHL Mask and Support the Black Doctor’s COVID-19 Consortium
When the City’s
#MaskUpPHL campaign started running, many residents asked how they
could participate. The City announced that Philadelphians can proudly
declare that they never back down, and just how much they love their
neighbors, by wearing masks printed to look just like those seen on
SEPTA buses, in newspaper ads, and online.
Minuteman Press, will donate a portion of the proceeds from every mask
sale to support the work of the Black Doctor’s COVID-19 Consortium,
which is providing free testing in Philadelphia. To purchase a mask,
support a worthy cause, and do your part to prevent the spread of COVID,
residents should visit the link below.
or not, Center City District Restaurant Week is a happening thing this
year. Now in its 17th year, with about 60 restaurants participating –
roughly half the usual number – it kicks off Sept. 13 and runs through
Sept. 25. All serving outdoors, of course. New venues this year
include Fork in Old City, the Wayward in East Market, and Salty’s
Seafood and Ice Cream Shack in Washington Square West.