Thursday, June 10, 2021

CCRA Newsletter

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

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CCRA This Week: June 10, 2021
News And Updates
Crawling From the Wreckage

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.

Won’t you please join us and help make it happen?

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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.

The proposed zoning changes are viewable here.

Zoom link for the meeting can be found here.
CCRA Board of Directors Meeting
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.
CCRA Reopens Its Office
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.
Philly 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!
COVID-19 Updates
Since the city will lift its restrictions, this will be the last post regarding COVID-19. If there are any updates, please check the news blog on our website.
Community Info and Events
SEPTA: “We’re ready when you’re ready.”
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
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
On 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.
CCRA Merchant Partner "Deals and Discounts" Program

Please support our local merchants and save money too. These local merchants will provide a deal or discount to any member who shows a current CCRA membership card and personal identification.

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)
Branzino Italian BYOB, 261 S. 17th St (215-790-0103)
Di Bruno Bros., 1730 Chestnut St. (215-665-9220)
Dom's Shoe Repair, 203 S. 20th St (215-972-0098)
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
1900 Market St, Fl 8
Philadelphia, PA 19103

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