Friday, June 18, 2021

CCRA Newsletter

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

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CCRA This Week: June 17, 2021
News And Updates
Wanted: Safe Streets

Concerned as we are about the threats to both public safety and quality of life posed by ATV’s and dirt bikes, we attended the Town Hall last Wednesday as run by the Queen Village Neighbors Association.

We went in not knowing what to expect, and were pleasantly surprised. What we saw was a serious adult discussion about a serious problem to which there is unfortunately no simple nor convenient solution. (The Town Hall is viewable here.)

The requisite authorities have been made well aware of the public’s distaste for what all agree is dangerous and disruptive behavior, and are making good-faith efforts to ameliorate it. The following day, a bill was passed by City Council that creates a uniform category whereby police can treat ATV’s and dirt bikes identically and are therefore subject to confiscation. (As of last week, there have been 247 ATV confiscations this year.)

We support the group’s call for the public to report these violations via the Tip Line (215-686-TIPS), or by calling 911 or visiting

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Reminder: CCRA Remapping Committee Presents
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 Public Zoning Committee Meeting
Tuesday, June 22, 2021, 7pm
via Zoom

CCRA’s Enhanced Merchant Partners Program Targets Local Mom & Pops
To help local Mom and Pop businesses get back on their post-pandemic feet, CCRA’s Merchant Partners Program provides complimentary valuable advertising and exposure by encouraging support from CCRA’s highly-engaged (and growing) membership. Truly a win-win scenario, Merchant Partners benefits local businesses and residents alike.
Office Closure

In observance of the Juneteenth holiday, CCRA is closed on Friday, June 19. We will open on Monday, June 21.
Clean, Safe, and Green
Clean Sidewalks are Beautiful, but Not Free: Please Donate
Center City is one of the cleanest neighborhoods in the City, and it’s no accident, nor is it free. CCRA has a contract with the Center City District to clean local sidewalks after weekly trash collection. This effort is not covered by membership, which is where you come in. You are encouraged to donate your fair share to CCRA’s Clean, Safe & Green program, and you can do so here.
Travel Responsibly

As the city recovers from COVID-19, safety guidelines have evolved at attractions, restaurants, shops and hotels. Mask-wearing and advance tickets or reservations remain recommended or necessary at many spots, and masking remains a requirement for partially vaccinated and unvaccinated people. Your best bet: Check online or call ahead. 
Community Info and Events
Recognizing Juneteenth
Join the Mayor’s Office of Public Engagement and the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Arts Culture and the Creative Economy as they celebrate Juneteenth this weekend. Juneteenth, short for June Nineteenth, marks the true end of slavery across the United States. This was the date in 1865 when Black Americans in Galveston, Texas, finally received the news of their liberation, two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation. Earlier this week the U.S. Senate unanimously passed a bill making Juneteenth a federal holiday. (ReJUNEvenation)
Some Local Juneteenth Events
Now Appearing at Reading Terminal: Filipino Cuisine
You can cross “Filipino” off the (small) list of cuisines not found at Reading Terminal Market, as later this month Filipino fusion eatery Tambayan makes its debut. Among its offerings are ube, a purple yam native to the country, and longanisa, a Filipino sausage. (Tambayan)
Rothman Roller Rink
The Rothman Roller Rink offers daily outdoor roller skating at Dilworth Park. Hour-long sessions are available Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 8:45 p.m. and on Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11:15 p.m. Admission is $8 for children 10 and younger, and $10 for adults; roller skate rental is $5. Mondays and Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. is Matinee Skate, when admission is $5 off for guests of all ages. Rink patrons are encouraged to book all sessions in advance. The Rothman Roller Rink season will come to an end on July 11. So, during the last chance to roller skate, July 1 to 11, all skaters at the Rothman Roller Rink will receive a complimentary admission to skate at the Rothman Orthopaedics Ice Rink.
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.

Photo Lounge, 1909 Chestnut St (267-322-6651)
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
Mlkmn, - Use code CCRAMlkmn to receive free membership
Nature's Gallery Florist, 2124 Walnut St (215-563-5554)
1900 Market St, Fl 8
Philadelphia, PA 19103

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