Back in early January we noted in
this space that within hours of the Jan. 6 Capitol riots the results of
the 2020 election were certified into law. Our conclusion then: The
So too, it appears, with the Derek
Chauvin trial, where by all indications the accused was given a fair
trial, and with it the opportunity to defend himself before a jury of
his peers. The jury heard both sides, the jury deliberated, and the jury
spoke. Again, the system worked.
Reasonable people can disagree about
various aspects of the system, but twice already this year the system
has done its job amidst considerable storm and stress. That’s worth
noting, if not celebrating.
It’s also a reminder to the rest of
us to remain involved as we inch our way toward a more perfect Union in
this experiment in democracy. Local elections are just around the
corner, and our elected leaders need us to keep them responsive,
responsible and accountable.
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."
Visit our special COVID-19 page on our website for more news and info.
Safe, Clean, and Green
Join the Philadelphia City Nature Challenge!
Between April 30 and May 3, 2021, Philadelphia and its adjacent counties will
join over 200 other cities in the world to find plants and animals in
their regions. To participate, download the iNaturalist app (or visit
the website) and start documenting wildlife. You can also visit the project page to see the latest observations as they come in.
celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month, the Free Library of Philadelphia and
the Philadelphia Jazz Project will host a virtual discussion of the
book, Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of An American
Original written by Robin D.G. Kelley.
of the event, Benjamin Remsen of the Free Library of
Philadelphia and Homer Jackson of the Philadelphia Jazz Project will
take audience members on an expedition through this fascinating book and
the music of this American original: Thelonious Monk.
and Hidden River Outfitters are partnering to provide professionally
guided kayak tours of the tidal river. Kayak tour participants leave
from the Walnut Street Dock and paddle up to the Fairmount Water Works
and back to the Walnut Street Dock. Tours include equipment rental,
instructions on how to paddle and safely operate the kayak, and a little
over an hour out on the water. Kayak tours are scheduled for select
Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays June through September. The full
schedule and ticket prices can be viewed here.
Ritz at The Bourse: The Sequel
It looked like fade-to-black for good
in January 2020 when the 5-theater film arthouse Ritz at the Bourse
closed its doors after a 30-year run. But cavalry to the rescue, as the
Philadelphia Film Society has announced plans to re-open the Bourse as
the PFS Bourse Theater in June of this year.
Some details: 5 theaters, some $750,000 in
renovations, 4K laser projector, Dolby 7.1 in all five theaters. More
details in the PFS press release: PFS Bourse.
Bike trail update: Work begins on 7 new protected lanes
city is making progress on several bike paths. Paving is complete on a
new portion of the Delaware River Trail, between Tasker and Washington
in South Philly. On American Street, where the city's first raised lane
had started crumbling due to parking, the PPA is issuing tickets.