You don’t need to be told how difficult
and devastating the pandemic has been to life in Center City, but a new
State of Center City 2021 report from the Center City District
(available here) puts some numbers to the trauma.
During the pandemic:
Center City pedestrian volume initially plummeted by 72%
The number of visitors to Dilworth Park fell from ten million to six million
120,100 jobs were lost in Mar-Apr 2020, representing 16% of city payroll jobs
10% of employees came into offices much of 2020
Leisure and hospitality employment initially dropped by 60% (43,300 jobs)
Sobering? Yes. Tragic? Yes.
But it’s undeniable that we’re
coming back. Capacities are at 100%, masks come off Friday. Center City
now has the look and feel of a great reanimation.
Comments, Pls: Public Meeting re Center City Zoning Changes
If you live or work between Spruce and JFK
from 20th St. to the River, you may be interested in attending the
Remapping Public Meeting at 6PM on June 24, 2021. CCRA's
Remapping Taskforce has been working with Philadelphia City Planning
Commission (PCPC) on proposed changes to zoning designations within this
area. The PCPC will present the proposed changes during the meeting and
request input from those in attendance. Members of CCRA's Remapping
Taskforce will be on hand to answer questions.
Following the meeting, the CCRA Remapping Taskforce will submit a final recommendation to the PCPC.
CCRA held its first in-person meeting
in 15 months, and the last meeting of the fiscal year on Tuesday, June
8. At this meeting our newly elected board members attended. A quorum
could not be reached due to attendance (thanks to Mother Nature and
technical difficulties). However we did have a discussion on many
upcoming projects and changes.
Afterwards, the board socialized with
the newly elected members as well as said goodbye to our outgoing
president Maggie Mund - who passed the baton to our new president
Richard Gross. To view the committee reports click below. Note, since we
didn't have a quorum, links to certain documents are not active, but
will be if approved.
As the city lifts all restrictions,
our Operations Manager Travis Oliver, who has been teleworking this
whole time, will begin to transition back to the office full time during
the month of June. The office will be back in business starting
Tuesday, July 6.
We would like to thank all of our members, friends, and neighbors, who were patient with us during these rough 15 months.
Clean, Safe, and Green
Find something in the neighborhood? Report it using the Philly311 Mobile App.
311 allows service requests (potholes, noise complaints, dangerous
conditions, etc.) to be submitted directly to the your local government,
where it will be instantly routed to the correct administrator in the
appropriate department. This means your service requests will be
responded to quickly and efficiently, and you'll be notified the moment
they are resolved!
Ready, Set, Ride! SEPTA has lifted Covid-related capacity restrictions as of June 1.
This as new cases continue to drop and
nearly 50% of Pennsylvania residents are fully vaccinated. Per CDC
guidelines, masks remain required. Details: SEPTA.
City Seeks Input on Chestnut & Walnut Repaving & Complete Streets Safety Project in West Philadelphia
As part of a repaving and improvement project set for 2022, the City today launched a survey to seek community
feedback on redesign options for Walnut Street from 22nd to 63rd Street
and Chestnut Street from 63rd Street to 34th Street.
The City’s Office of Transportation, Infrastructure and Sustainability (OTIS)
will be engaging the community through multiple mediums including an
online and a paper survey in English and Spanish, phone, text messages,
and email to residents and businesses along the six-mile corridor. OTIS
will also host outdoor public open houses on Thursday, June 17th, and
Tuesday, June 29th, at the Walnut Hill Community Playground and the
Laura Sims Skate House, respectively, where residents can learn more
about the project and provide feedback. Residents can find more
information about the project, surveys, and open houses on the project website on Phila.gov.
Museum of Illusions to Open in Philly Later This Year
In case the events of the past year or so
haven’t been mind-bending enough for you, there’s more to come later
this year when the Museum of Illusions opens at 4th
& Market Sts. A 5,000-square-foot facility, it will feature optical
illusion, holograms, stereograms and immersive experiences. Like the
year 2020, only fun. (Museum of Illusions)
Movies Outdoors, and on a Rooftop? Yep.
Wanna go back to the movies but not
quite so sure about doing so indoors? Cira Green has the solution in the
form of their “Sunset Social”, an outdoor rooftop eatery which features
food, drink and – during the summer – movies every other Wednesday.
Next up? “Guardians of the Galaxy”, June 16. Details here.
Women Over 50: Answers to Your Top Health Questions
June 23, 12:30 pm, join Penn Medicine experts for a webchat where they
will discuss ‘Women Over 50: Answers to Your Top Health Questions.’
Women’s Health at Penn is inspired by women, with programs based on
science and designed to meet each individual’s unique needs.