wasn’t all that long ago – three months ago, in fact – that the
prospect of entering a cold and dark pandemic winter filled us with
existential dread. How on earth are we gonna get through this???
tragically, not everyone did. However – ICYMI – Spring arrived in the
early a.m. this past Saturday. (We happened to be awake at 5:37 that
morning and happily toasted its arrival. Vodka & OJ, if you must
And so: Warm weather is here. Roll that around in your head for a bit.
Warm. Weather. Is. Here.
Green grass, fresh air, flowers in bloom.
Warm, sunny days. Long, cool nights.
For months on end.
And nothing – not even a Coronavirus – can stop it.
On Tuesday, March 23, we held our zoning committee meeting. There were 4 properties on the agenda. To view the report, click here. If you'd like to watch the meeting, click below to go to our YouTube Channel.
the weather gets warmer, people are getting vaccinated, outdoor dining
is on the rise, and Rittenhouse Square becomes lively again, we want to
know from our residents/businesses/passersby whether you like nighttime
activities in and around the Square.
Music? Play readings? Social gatherings? Noise levels? When should it be quiet time?
Feel free to email Operations Manager Travis Oliver with the subject: Rittenhouse Sq.
has recently rolled out a brand-new membership opportunity for
residents in high-rise buildings in the CCRA catchment area. We hope
this initiative will provide our existing 1200+ membership base a
broader and more diverse voice in Center City West which will help
strengthen our ability to leverage change. This partnership is
facilitated by the building’s property management group, board of
directors, or building manager. Check out page 5 of the Spring edition
of the Center City Quarterly for more information.
CCRA has partnered with the Schuylkill River Development Corporation
to keep the Banks Trail and greenery well maintained. Consistent with
COVID restrictions, only small groups will be working outdoors and with
masks at a time (20 or less). The first of many “workdays” for us is
listed below for Philly Spring Cleanup Day. If that’s full, we’ll be
announcing other opportunities to get your hands dirty throughout the
Saturday, April 10, from 9am to 1pm
14th Annual Philly Spring Cleanup on Schuylkill Banks
us on the Center City segment of Schuylkill Banks for a morning of
trail beautification projects, including leaf collection, mulching,
light pruning, and trash pickup. Meet up location is on the trail under the Walnut Street Bridge. Gloves, tools, and water will be provided.
the Judge Accountability Table (JAT) for the two-day virtual Judge the
Judges: Judicial Candidates Forum on March 30th and 31st from 6PM to
8PM. This year, there are 8 vacancies in the Court of Common Pleas and 3
in the Municipal Court up for election. As people with a stake in
electing candidates that believe in real justice, safety, and dignity,
we deserve to have a say in who sits on the bench.
Reversing Trend: List of Bars/Restaurants That are Opening, not Closing
are no doubt as tired of reading about bar and restaurant closings as
we are in reporting them. Well, thanks to vaccines and warmer weather,
more than a few eating and drinking establishments are beginning to
Far too many to list right here, thankfully. You can read all about it here.
Marathon, Not a Sprint: Marathon Grill Reopens
most Center City eateries, in 2020 Marathon Grill was hit by a one-two
punch: first the pandemic, then the riots. Closed for ten months, the
diner at 16th & Sansom has now re-opened in what will hopefully be a
harbinger of a Center City comeback. Learn More: Marathon Grill
better than delicious pizza? Delicious pizza that gives back to the
community. That’s what Down North Pizza is all about. It weds tasty
comfort food with the goal of reducing recidivism in Black communities.
Located on Lehigh Ave. in Strawberry Mansion, it offers Detroit-style
square pies, wings, salads, fries, shakes... We could go on, but it
would make us way too hungry.
Studio Tours (POST), sponsored by the Center for Emerging Visual
Artists, invites you to attend free virtual tours on four Wednesday
evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., including 200 artists at 30 studio
spaces. Each of the 4 evenings features artists in different parts of
Philadelphia. Center City West is included in the West section on
Wednesday, April 14. (Other areas: Northwest on April 7, Northeast on
April 21, and South including Center City East on April 28.) Tours are
free; registration is required. For information about dates and
locations, visit here. To register for free tickets, click below.