Thursday, April 15, 2021

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CCRA This Week: April 15, 2021
News And Updates
Get Out

Circumstances found us returning to air travel last week, and we can reliably report that flying can now be described as ‘normal with masks’.

All were masked up, social distancing happened when it could (neither while in line to board nor while seated on the plane), and the food and drink served was minimal (tiny bag of pretzels, small bottle of water, sanitary wipe). And this: All four flights were 100% full. Did we feel ‘safe’? As fully vaccinated, yes (but will still get tested upon return).

But beyond the particulars it was simply great to Get Away, to be somewhere completely other. Yes, we love Center City life, but damn did it ever feel good to ‘escape’ for awhile. After a year of lockdown the benefit of a simple getaway cannot be overestimated, nor can the improved perspective it brings.

If there was ever a time for the fully vaccinated to get out of Dodge, it is now. Bon Voyage.

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CCRA Board of Directors Meeting Discussion

At the CCRA Board meeting Tuesday April 13, 2021, the Board passed several resolutions. These resolutions include:

  1. approving revised bylaws for recommendation to the general membership at the Annual Meeting in May 2021
  2. encouraging the Director of Commerce to have Mayor Kenney and Commissioner Outlaw engage with Center City merchants in an effort to restore vitality to our community,
  3. supporting the proposed two way bicycle lane on the south side of Market Street between 20th and 23rd Streets, pending further consultation with relevant City agencies
  4.  authorizing the executive committee to finalize a letter requesting data on the ATVs to Commissioner Outlaw and Managing Director Alexander.

Executive Vice President Rick Gross also reported on the results of a visioning exercise conducted at the March board meeting, during which board members imagined ways CCRA could further fulfill our mission in transformative ways. Several projects were identified under the general categories of "Clean and Green--the Environment", "Neighborhood Diversity, Equity and Inclusion" and "Facilitating Community Giving", which will be explored over the summer. By September, we hope to have a more vigorous program related to these themes to pursue.
T.V. Crew Filming in the Neighborhood
Uncle George Productions, LLC will be filming scenes for the television show SERVANT in the Fitler Square neighborhood on Tuesday, April 20th through Thursday, April 22nd. Please note that Fitler Square Park will be closed to the public on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, April 20th, 2021
  • Wednesday, April 21st, 2021
  • Thursday, April 22nd, 2021
COVID-19 Updates
Safe, Clean, and Green
CCRA to Police: Let Us Help
During last summer’s protests, the Center City Residents' Association was integral in providing up-to-the-minute status updates from the police to our members.

In advance of possible reaction following the Derrick Chauvin trial – regardless of the verdict – CCRA President Maggie Mund has reached out to the police via a letter to Commissioner Outlaw in which she again volunteers our role as information liaison between the police and our members.
Philly Tree Plan
The upcoming Philly Tree Plan has a new engagement hub. Fill out the survey, enter the photo challenge, tell your tree story!
Free street trees available for fall 2021
Property owners - Help grow our neighborhood canopy, and get your free street tree! The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society is accepting applications until May 10 for the fall 2021 planting. Submit your application here.

Renters - Are you a renter willing to care for a new tree in front of your home or business? Reach out to Susan Kahn -
Community Info and Events
Greenfield Gives Back
Greenfield Gives Back kicks off Friday, April 16 and ends on Wednesday, April 28. Look for families participating in a scavenger hunt throughout the neighborhood where each mission is to support a local restaurant or business. The more missions a family completes, the more prizes they are eligible for. On Friday, 4/30, they are hosting a virtual Spring Party to include a Talent Show and the prizes for the scavenger hunt. 

Please note, only current Greenfield families are eligible for raffle prizes but all are invited to participate in the scavenger hunt to support local businesses.

Questions? Please contact Caitlin Brown at
Streets Seem Crowded? It’s Because They Are
It’s not your imagination that the streets of Center City seem more crowded. In the first week of April the Center City District numbered 103,300 people walking the streets. That’s about 14,000 per day, and higher than any week last year including pre-pandemic months. The happy details can be found here.
They’re Ba-a-a-a-ck! Lanternflies, that is.
Because two outta three ain’t bad, Spring brings daffodils, warm sun and…. Lanternflies. Yup, the Plague has returned. Drexel’s Academy of Natural Sciences has all the delightful details.
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.

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 to 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)
Seafood Unlimited, 270 S. 20th St (215-732-3663) (NOW REOPEN)
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.
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