Thursday, April 22, 2021

CCRA Newsletter

  Center City Residents' Association | 1900 Market St, FL 8, Philadelphia, PA 19103

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CCRA This Week: April 22, 2021
News And Updates
The System Worked, Part II

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 system worked.

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.

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CCRA Zoning Committee Meeting
Tuesday, April 27, 2021, 7PM
via Zoom

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."
COVID-19 Updates
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. 
Community Info and Events
Celebrate Earth Day
Philadelphia community leaders and activists plan to be busy on Earth Day 2021 — carrying out the vision that the green movement helped spark more than a half-century ago.

Celebrate with the rest of the city.
Tonight: A Free Virtual Book Discussion
To 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.

Organizers 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.
Schuylkill Banks Kayak Tours
SRDC 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
The 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. 
2020 General Election: Your Thoughts?
The Pennsylvania Special Committee on Election Integrity and Reform is actively seeking comment on all aspects of the Election. To participate:

  • If you voted by mail-in ballot, please take this survey: Mail-In.

  • If you voted in-person, please take this survey: In-Person.
The One Accent Most Actors Won’t Even Attempt

Take a guess. Take a WILD guess: Accentuated
Register to vote by May 3!
The Voter Registration Deadline in Pennsylvania is Monday, May 3 for the May Primary Election. Are you and everyone you know registered to vote at their current address?
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.

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)
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)
1900 Market St, Fl 8
Philadelphia, PA 19103

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