Thursday, August 20, 2020

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Quality of Life in Center City
Quality 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.
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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 Bethel A.M.E.

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
Meeting ID: 820 9843 2700
Passcode: 675474
CCRA Membership Cards Now On Your Smart Phone
Because 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
New CCRA Merchant Member
Veda Indian Bistro
1920 Chestnut St

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.

If you know of a potential business that would like to become a Merchant Member, please contact Travis Oliver at

Community Info and Events
COVID-19 Updates
City continues to be in a "modified" green phase 

Indoor dining returns September 8. Learn more on our blog.

Gov. Wolf mandated that all PA students are required to wear masks while in school.

Bowling alleys, arcades, and game space (ax throwing, mini-golf, pools, etc.) are allowed to reopen with restrictions.

What you need to know about the City’s paid sick leave law during the COVID-19 crisis

Visit our special COVID-19 page on our website for more news and info.
Only 6 weeks left to complete the 2020 Census 
You (and everyone you know) can fill out the census at 
Census Facts: 
  • 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! 
PCI 24/7 book drop
Philadelphia 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.

The printer, 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.
Restaurant Week is ON This Year
Pandemic 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.
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.

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)
Ursula Hobson Fine Art Framing, 1528 Waverly St (215.546.7889)
Veda Indian Bistro, 1920 Chestnut St (267-517-2001)
Alimentari Restaurant at Di Bruno Bros., 1730 Chestnut St, 2nd Floor 
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)
Dom's Shoe Repair, 203 S. 20th St (215-972-0098)
East West Acupuncture, 419 S. 19th St (415-758-1057)
Eye Candy Vision, 218 S. 20th St (215-568-3937)
Home Helpers Philly, 1835 S. Broad St., Ste 2 (215-334-2600)
Good Karma Cafe, 331 S. 22nd St, (215-546-1479)
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.
1900 Market St, Fl 8
Philadelphia, PA 19103


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