From deep within the Winter of Our
Discontent, we took a good long walk throughout Center City late Sunday
morning. It was a lovely day – Valentine’s Day – and there were more
folks out and about than we’d seen in quite some time.
And while perhaps it was our
imagination – always a possibility -- the tone on the street seemed
different. For lack of a better term, it seemed “lighter.” The familiar
grim heaviness appeared to have abated.
People were out enjoying themselves
together, laughing, having fun(!). The great corridor of restaurants
along Sansom between 15th and 16th was especially festive. More of that!
CCRA Public Meeting for 2300 Market Street Project
Properties is proposing to develop the three properties on the south
side of Market from 23rd Street to the Aramark Building. A public
hearing to review the project and seek input will be held via Zoom on
February 22nd at 7 pm. The Zoom meeting can be accessed at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82127029584
CCRA Zoning Committee Meeting Canceled
Tuesday, February 23
Next scheduled zoning meeting is Tuesday, March 23, 7pm
Update from the 9th Police District
an update from the regarding the new Bicycle Taskforce, the homeless
service detail, social services coordination, drug activity, and
springtime goals. Read more on our blog.
CCRA Board OK’s Support for New Development at 2012-18 Chestnut
a public meeting and public comments, the CCRA board, at its February
board meeting, voted to support a negotiated Community Benefits
Agreement for a residential tower with workforce housing at 2012-18
Chestnut Street. The 162-unit apartment building will feature 20%
affordable workforce housing targeted toward working professionals. For
details, see the Community Benefits Agreement here.
The pic shows the "before" and "after" views of the building/rendering.
is looking to fill several Board seats for our fiscal year beginning
July 1, 2021. Board members generally serve a term of 3 years. The Board
is a working Board. We are seeking CCRA members who have a passion for
living in “CCRAville;” are interested in issues of quality of life and
community service; and are committed to active Board participation.
Successful candidates must serve on at least one committee and agree to
fulfill the responsibilities set forth in our Board Pledge, which
includes devoting at least four hours per month on CCRA activities, not
including time spent attending, and preparing for, monthly Board
meetings. Click for full Board Pledgeand List of Committees.
members are encouraged to forward a statement of interest that includes
a summary of qualifications, as well as a resume or bio, by Friday,
March 19 to:firstname.lastname@example.org,
with "Board Candidate" in the subject line. (We also welcome your
suggestion of any individuals who reside in CCRAville who you believe
would be assets to the Board. Be sure to include their email address
and/or phone number.)
Clean, Safe, and Green
According to Haley Jordan, project lead at the city's Office of Sustainability, "As the
COVID-19 pandemic continues, we've seen 25-50 percent increases in
trash and recycling tonnage curbside due to more waste being generated
There are many ways you can help. First, recycling "right" - making sure to rinse containers and checking the list of recyclable materials . According to the City of Philadelphia, "' 'wrong' recycling is actually
worse than not recycling at all. It contaminates the recycling stream
which not only ruins good materials and damages equipment—it endangers
our recycling workers. And it only takes one bad bin to ruin a truckload
of good recycling."
Generational Wealth Series includes three financial empowerment events,
held weekly throughout February 2021. The goal is to empower Black men
with the tools and resources needed to obtain and maintain generational
You can watch the full recording of Part I, Wealth: Where the Real Money Resides on OBME's Facebook Page here.
Commerce Director Michael Rashid is being urged to have LGBTQ-owned
businesses recognized as minority-owned businesses. Such a designation
would qualify business owners for government contracts and
resources. Thus is the case in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and New
York City as well, but not yet Philadelphia.
Destroyed by Fire? Closed by Pandemic? Bridget Foy’s Got This
rising from the ashes, Bridget Foy’s beloved South Street restaurant
re-opened on Feb. 12 after being completely destroyed by a fire four
years ago. As for that pesky pandemic, to survive during construction,
the eatery ran a comfort-food pop-up under the original name of East
Philly Café. See you on the outdoor patio in Spring!
Dollars to Donuts: Federal Donuts to Close, Relocate, Re-open
an eatery closing NOT due to the Coronavirus. The Federal Donuts at
1624 Sansom is closing Feb. 24 because the parking garage to which it is
attached is being demolished. Good reason. Even better, it will re-open
within weeks to a temporary TBD location on Sansom, after which the
plan is to relocate to a permanent Rittenhouse location on Sansom. Whew!
The Phila. Water Dept. is conducting its yearly customer feedback survey. Itgives them an up-to-date look at how you feel about the water and services they provide. Plus, you can enter to win a $100 gift card.
SCORE Philadelphia's talented team of retired and semi-retired
volunteers committed to educating, mentoring, and supporting
Philadelphia's start-up, entrepreneur-based, and minority businesses.
SCORE Philadelphia, one of 330 chapters of SCORE National, has
experienced significant demand due to COVID-19. Help provide information
in starting a small business and assist existing businesses to pivot
their operations during this unprecedented time.