found us returning to air travel last week, and we can reliably report
that flying can now be described as ‘normal with masks’.
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
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.
At the CCRA Board meeting Tuesday April 13, 2021, the Board passed several resolutions. These resolutions include:
approving revised bylaws for recommendation to the general membership at the Annual Meeting in May 2021
the Director of Commerce to have Mayor Kenney and Commissioner Outlaw
engage with Center City merchants in an effort to restore vitality to
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
the executive committee to finalize a letter requesting data on the
ATVs to Commissioner Outlaw and Managing Director Alexander.
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.
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:
Visit our special COVID-19 page on our website for more news and info.
Safe, Clean, and Green
CCRA to Police: Let Us Help
summer’s protests, the Center City Residents' Association was integral
in providing up-to-the-minute status updates from the police to our
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.
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
Renters - Are you a renter willing to care for a new tree in front of your home or business? Reach out to Susan Kahn - Susan.firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
note, only current Greenfield families are eligible for raffle prizes
but all are invited to participate in the scavenger hunt to support
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.
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.