Thursday, March 4, 2021

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Weekly E-Newsletter - March 4, 2021
News And Updates

Closer To It?

Vaccines flooding the zone, schools set to re-open, fans at Sixers, Phillies, and Flyers games…. We’re getting there.

Still masked-up, still social-distancing, but we can begin to ponder the ‘next normal.’ Can I shop? Can I fly? Visit Grandma?

And this: Just because the kids are finally OUT OF THE HOUSE and back at school, does that mean that *I* still can’t work from home (alone!)?

Can’t see why not.

Hmm…. Maybe I can get used to this.
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CCRA Board Meeting

We are holding our monthly board meeting on Tuesday, March 9, at 6 pm via zoom. Our members are invited to attend. If you would like to attend, please email Operations Manager Travis Oliver and he will send you the zoom link a day before the meeting.
CCRA Renews Merchant Partner Discount with Di Bruno Bros.
We are happy to announce that CCRA has renewed the Di Bruno Bros. discount at their Rittenhouse 18th and Chestnut Street location. CCRA members will continue to receive 10% off their purchases! In addition, once their restaurant Alimentari reopens, members will receive a 10% discount there as well. Just show your CCRA membership card - paper or an electronic copy of your card is accepted. Thank you Di Bruno’s for continuing to be part of our CCRA Family! 
Airbnb News

CCRA's Executive Committee voted to support the proposed City Council Bill 2100181, requiring further licensing and transparency of ownership/management contact information of short-term rental properties (namely AirBnbs). We did this after hearing from many members who wrote to urge CCRA to support this bill. 
Wanted: New Zoning Committee Members
The Zoning Committee is now seeking applications to join this active group. Meetings are once a month, and active participation is required. Community engagement is a must; knowledge of the zoning code can be learned on the job. You must be a CCRA Member.

If interested, please send your bio/resume to Operations Manager Travis Oliver - with the subject line "Zoning Committee."
Survey Alert: 23rd Street Pilot Safety Project
CCRA's Streets Committee and SOSNA's Vision Zero Committee are proposing a safety plan for traffic calming and bicycling infrastructure on 23rd Street. The plan's goal is to better accommodate Schuylkill Trail users during the Spring shutdown of the trail at Walnut Street. Also, we have heard from many concerned residents of 23rd Street that speeding is a major issue. Overall, Philadelphia's traffic volumes have decreased, but speeding and reckless driving have increased during the COVID-19 pandemic.
You Live Here. Tell Us About It.
Chances are you didn’t wind up living in Center City by accident. You’re here for a reason. And one big reason is the historic neighborhoods, which are stellar but which can always get better. Got an opinion on the subject? Of course, you do; you’re a Philadelphian. And you know what you can do with that opinion? Take a survey of your thoughts, courtesy of the CCRA Historic Preservation Committee. You can thank us later.
Wanted Now: Board Member Candidates
CCRA 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 Pledge and List of Committees.

Interested 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:, 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.)
COVID-19 Updates
Community Info and Events
Celebrate Women’s History Month With the ‘Fresh Air’ Archives
Looking for a way to observe and celebrate Women’s History Month during March? You won’t do much better than with a deep dive into NPR’s “Fresh Air” archives. Terry Gross’ popular NPR show features a special collection this month, called “She Leads: Trailblazers of the Past, Present, and Future,” which features 20 separate interviews spanning four decades. The “Fresh Air” archives can be found here. A feature article about the archives can be found here.
Toni Morrison, Author
Women's History Month: Barbara Gittings Residence Historic Marker 21st & Locust St.
Barbara Gittings (1932–2007) was a Gay Pioneer and the mother of the LGBT civil rights movement. In the 1960s she resided in Philadelphia with her partner, Kay Lahusen. During that time, Gittings was the editor of the first lesbian publication. With fellow activist Frank Kameny, Gittings helped organize the first public demonstrations for gay and lesbian equality.
Barbara Gittings, Activist
Women Changing the City, Wed 3/10, 9am
Women Changing the City is a series of noteworthy panels featuring accomplished women from the business community. These discussions reveal the expertise, inner strength, vision, and imagination that fueled their successes and influenced positive change. Events include time for Q&A and plenty of networking. Local businesswomen are changing the city. Hear their personal stories of leadership, challenge, and triumph.
As city home prices jump, fears of property tax sticker shock
Home prices in Philly are up 13% overall since last year, according to an annual Drexel study. The change varies greatly depending on section: Center City/Fairmount rose 4%, while West/Southwest Philadelphia spiked 22%. Some industry observers told NBC10 they see signs of a bubble. Meanwhile, the city has postponed property tax assessments until 2022, the Inquirer reports, which means that when they happen, homeowners living in areas that have appreciated could see huge increases in their bills.
Sign the Petition
Are you enjoying the open space on MLK Drive? If so, add your name to the Bicycle Coalition's letter to Mayor Kenney about MLK Drive. Fight to keep this space open for bikers and all Philadelphians to enjoy. By supporting this letter, you know how important these changes are to make our city safer and more friendly to bikers and everyone who wants to enjoy our green spaces, especially in the time of the pandemic. Your support can go one step further by becoming a member of the Bicycle Coalition today.
City Issues Call for Neighborhood Activists
Every neighborhood has residents who want to become more involved but aren’t sure how. Citizens Planning Institute (CPI) helps them take that next step.

CPI is accepting applications through March 19 online.
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.

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)
Liberty Pet Vets, 265 S. 20th St (888-458-8587
Mlkmn, - Use code CCRAMlkmn receive free membership
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)
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