Thursday, January 21, 2021

CCRA Newsletter

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Weekly E-Newsletter - January 21, 2021
News And Updates

Slow News Day

Yesterday was Inauguration Day, and the most remarkable thing happened: Nothing. No violence, no chaos, no insurrections. 

It all seemed so, dare we say it: Normal.

So let’s hope that Normal is the New Normal. Locally, that would mean a more efficient and effective roll-out of Covid vaccines, which would then figure to open up the local economy and further open up indoor dining, all of which would feel – we’ll say it again – Normal.

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CCRA Joins with the Center City Coalition Requesting to Discuss Issues with City Officials
The Center City Coalition (CCC) represents a group of residents and businesses in the heart of the city. As your civic association, we continue to strive to “preserve, enhance, and celebrate urban living” in Center City West. That includes maintaining the safety and quality of life for our members, residents, and guests. That is why we, along with 22 other area businesses, joined with the CCC and sent a letter to Mayor Kenney and City Council regarding violence, vandalism, and aggressive panhandling.

Please feel free to contact your elected official if you'd like to support this effort.
CCRA Zoning Committee Meeting
Tuesday, January 26, 7pm
via zoom

Meeting ID: 871 4499 1086
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Request for Comments re 23d & South St. Traffic Proposal

With the opening of the Amazon Hub Locker at 2306 South St., the intersection of 23d and South has become rather dangerous for pedestrians, bicyclists, and automobile passengers. An accident on Jan. 17 left a car flipped over.

CCRA has been asked to endorse the proposal containing two possible solutions that have been drawn up by the Vision Zero Committee of the South of South Neighborhood Association (SOSNA) and the South Street West Business Association (SSBWA).
Details of the solutions can be found here.

The three organizations involved are seeking comments and suggestions from the public.
Please feel free to email your comments to CCRA.
COVID-19 Updates
Community Info and Events
Second Starr ghost kitchen appears at ex-Serpico Site
Following the success of the Korean-inspired ghost kitchen Pete’s Place, Starr Restaurants has opened a second ghost kitchen at its 604 South St location. Called Chicken Scratch, like Pete’s Place it’s a collaboration between Stephen Starr and Peter Serpico. Chicken Scratch cuisine is rotisserie chicken-centric and is served with its specialty “stoplight sauces”.
SEPTA Regional Rail Schedule Changes
Beginning Sunday, January 24, 2021, look for changes to Regional Rail schedules on select lines: 
After a year of anxiety, what can we expect from the Year of the Ox in 2021?
As we enter the Chinese New Year, what will the Ox bring? Hopefully, it will be better than 2020, because it was the Year of the Rat. The Chinese New Year begins on February 12.  
Girls on the Run
Girls on the Run Philadelphia is adapting to meet the needs of girls and families across the city. They’re looking for neighbors who would be willing to work with them to host their life-changing program at a park in our neighborhood. Teams of up to 12 girls will meet with trained coaches twice/week for their 8 week Spring season (starting the week of March 15) for in-person or virtual sessions, as allowed/necessary. Their program builds social-emotional life skills through physical activity. If you're interested, email
CCRA Merchant Partner Discount/Promotion Program

Please support 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.

Liberty Pet Vets, 265 S. 20th St (888-458-8587
Nature's Gallery Florist, 2124 Walnut St (215-563-5554)
Photo Lounge, 1909 Chestnut St (267-322-6651)
Raven Lounge, 1718 Sansom St. (215-840-3577)
Rittenhouse Hardware, 2001 Pine St. (215-735-6311)
Seafood Unlimited, 270 S. 20th St (215-732-3663) (TEMPORARILY CLOSED)
The Bake Shop on 20th, 269 S. 20th St. (215-644-9714)
Ursula Hobson Fine Art Framing, 1528 Waverly St (215-546-7889)
Veda Modern Indian Bistro, 1920 Chestnut St, (267-519-2001)
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 virtual concerts.
Blue Sole Shoes, 1805 Chestnut St, (215-496-9244)
Branzino Italian BYOB, 261 S. 17th St, (215-790-0103)
Di Bruno Bros., 1730 Chestnut St, (uses a separate card, see info here)
Dom's Shoe Repair, 203 S. 20th St (215-972-0098)
East West Acupuncture, center city office closed, but you can use the 10% discount at her Narberth office (415-758-1057)
Eye Candy Vision, 218 S. 20th St (215-568-3937)
Good Karma Cafe, 331 S. 22nd St, (215-546-1479)
Koresh Dance Company, 2002 Rittenhouse Sq St. (267-687-1769)
1900 Market St, Fl 8
Philadelphia, PA 19103

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