While it goes without saying, it
remains worth saying: We all live in enormously difficult times.
Especially so here. Not only is Pennsylvania the Mother of all Swing
States, but now the City of Philadelphia has serious law enforcement
issues to deal with.
At the moment there are many questions and few answers. We trust that things will clarify as time goes on.
111 Street Behavior Survey Responses - keep ‘em coming!
The “See Something, Say Something” Street Behavior Survey distributed on September 24 has, in less than a month, netted 111 responses.We encourage everyone to continue reporting street incidents here so that we can assemble statistical data rather than relying on anecdotal reports.
The major takeaways from the responses received to date:
REPORTED – Nearly half of the respondents (45%) complained of harassing
or intimidating street conduct while 37% of the responses identified
LOCATION – 81
% of the reports emanated from the eastern end of the CCRA
neighborhood, between Broad Street and 16th Street. On a north south
axis, Locust Street accounted for 37% of the responses while Market
Street generated 26% and Spruce Street engendered 14% followed closely
by Walnut with 13%.
TIME OF DAY – 78% of the incidents reported occurred between noon and midnight with 47% arising between 6 pm and midnight.
So keep those responses coming and thanks
to Matt Fontana for spearheading this effort with help from Steve
Huntington and Barbara Halpern.
Highest Number of Registered Voters in 35 Years
One good thing in 2020? 90% of
eligible voters are registered to vote this year in Philadelphia. That
represents a record high for the past 3 decades. Additionally, total
volume of registered voters exceeds 1.12M, the highest number since
1984. Want more stats? Philadelphia voters have requested nearly 410,000
mail ballots, which is close to 60% of total votes cast in the last
Election Day is almost here. Here’s some tips to make voting easier on Nov 3rd!
Be prepared: The lines may be long. Know who is on your ballot beforehand.
Ballots: If you haven't sent in your ballot you can still vote in
person. Bring your mail-in ballot so it can be voided. You can still
drop your ballot off prior to election day at the closest location, City
Remember to social distance while waiting. Wear a mask or face covering
at all times. Bring your own blue or black ink pen. If necessary, please
leave your children at home.
Remember, voter intimidation is
illegal! If you spot someone contact the voter hotline at
1-877-868-3772. If you are registered, you have the right to cast your
Here is a link where you can find your EXACT polling location by inputting your address:
Thank you to our long standing Merchant Partners. Please support our local businesses!
over 15 years, Rittenhouse hardware has been proudly serving Center
City and is well known for their knowledgeable, personal service and
vast array of supplies for all your household needs. Rittenhouse
Hardware is a neighborhood shop, an independently owned and operated
small business. No need for a big box store when Rittenhouse Hardware is
here. They are opened 7 days a week for your convenience. CCRA members
get an additional 5% off for in-store purchases- membership cards must
be presented. Conveniently located at 2001 Pine Street. 215-735-6311 http://rittenhousehardware.com/index.html
Dom’s Shoe Repair
independently owned and and operated Dom’s Shoe repair and CCRA members
will receive an additional 10% off. They have been an institution in
the city for years. In addition to mens, womens, orthopedic and
children's shoe repair, they also fix jackets, luggage, handbags, belts,
special requests and more. Rest assured you will have
friendly, personalized service, quality workmanship and a quick turn
around. Bring in your worn, torn shoes and they will come back looking
like new! Opened 6 days a week for your convenience- membership cards
must be presented. Dom's Shoe Repair is located at 203 S. 20th
Street. 215-972-0098 https://doms-shoe-services.business.site
Visit our special COVID-19 page on our website for more news and info.
Judges Rule: Painted Bride can be Sold
A Panel of Common Court judges has
approved the contested sale of the Painted Bride building in Old City.
The panel overturned a previous decision from last year which had
blocked the sale of the performance and art gallery space. The decision
may well bring about the destruction of a large mosaic mural by artist
Isaiah Zagar which is located on the exterior of the building.
Barstool Sports Steps Up to the Plate for Reading Terminal Market
The adored but struggling Reading
Terminal Market is getting athletic support from Barstool Sports and
Penn National Gaming. For every new person who signs up and deposits
$100 via its sports betting app, Barstool will donate $100 to Reading
Terminal Market. Sadly, due to Covid, foot traffic is down 50% at the
A welcome warming trend is Panama St.’s
“Panama Holiday Block Sock.” The idea? Bring Holiday cheer to both a
neighbor and an inpatient at the local VA hospital. The how? Purchase
two pairs of funky socks – holiday, ugly, funny – one pair of which will
be given to a designated neighbor, the other to a deserving VA
inpatient. To participate? Contact Nan Kneeland at firstname.lastname@example.org. You know you want to.
Philadelphia Orchestra Halloween Celebration Concert
October 30, 7:00
p.m. through November 2, 11:00 p.m. Halloween Celebration Family
Concert, Tickets $15. Halloween content will be available to all
ticket-holders in the Digital Lobby, available one hour before the
premiere performance on Friday evening. The concert will be presented on
the Orchestra’s Digital Stage at www.philorch.org and will available to view for 72 hours. Tickets are on sale at www.philorch.org or by calling Ticket Philadelphia at 215.893.1999.
CCRA Facebook Halloween Challenge
Show Us Your Pet's Halloween Costume
Are your furry friends dressing up for Halloween? Share their photo in CCRA's Howl-o-ween pet costume challenge!
To enter, post a
photo of your pet in the comments below. Be sure to “like” your
favorites! On October 31, we will kick off Halloween by celebrating
Center City’s favorite costumed pet.
Take a Stroll to Raise Awareness for the Health of Black Men and Boys in Philadelphia
Stroll is a neighborhood-based walk for Black Men and Boys to gain
access to health resources and screenings, connect with neighbors, and
raise awareness about the issue of Black men's health.
Brothas Stroll event will take place in Philadelphia's 4th
District on November 7 at 11:00 a.m. and will start at the steps of the
Please Touch Museum.
Register for the Annual Brothas Stroll to receive more details about this event.
Free Admission to Vets and Blue Star Families
The Museum of
the American Revolution will offer free admission to veterans, those
currently serving in the military, and Blue Star Families, courtesy of
Comcast NBCUniversal on Veterans Day Weekend, Wednesday, November 11 to
Sunday, November 15. The Museum will honor veterans through a virtual
lecture, pop-up talks and performances, take-and-make crafts.
The Museum is now
open Thursdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Stories of the
diverse range of people who served and sacrificed during the American
Revolution are available anytime with the Museum’s free Virtual Museum Tour and Virtual Field Trip.
Monday, November 9 through Thursday, November 12
6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Online.
Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts invites you to our
fall virtual Open House, from Monday, November 9, through Thursday,
November 12. Each evening's presentation will include a
behind-the-scenes video of projects currently in our lab and follow-up
discussion from a panel of staff and experts. Featured objects will
include items from the Edward Hopper House, the Free Library of Philadelphia, and the Philadelphia Masonic Temple Library & Museum.
When you register, you will be provided with a Zoom link that will work
for all four nights. More information on each night's program will be
sent a week before each program. Click here to register.
Love Your Park Day
Schuylkill River Park is participating in fall Love Your Park Day. Join
volunteers on November 14, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. to plant bulbs, mulch
trees and spiff up the park. Volunteers must wear masks and preregister
here - https://www.fsrp.org/events. The
group size is limited to 25. The park has been much loved at the same
time that Parks and Recreation has cut back significantly on
maintenance. Come out and give the park some much-needed TLC!
CCRA Merchant Partner Discount/Promotion Program
our local merchants and save money too. These local merchants will
provide a discount or promotion to any member who shows a current CCRA
membership card and personal identification.