CCRA Creates Task Force Dedicated to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
In light of the events of the past
year or so – the pandemic, George Floyd, rioting – the Board of the
Center City Residents’ Association has launched a Diversity, Equity and
Inclusion Task Force.
We recognize that our Center City
West neighborhood is not an island, that the problems that befall our
beloved city wash up on our Schuylkill Banks: poverty, crime,
panhandling, lack of local affordable housing, people who work full time
yet still live in poverty.
It’s all about thinking globally and
acting locally to make a great difference. We’ve got some ideas, and
would love to know yours. To do so, contact our Operations Manager
Travis Oliver with your ideas at firstname.lastname@example.org.
--Maggie Mund, Past President and Co-Chair
--Barbara Halpern, Vice President, Community Relations and Co-Chair
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Office Closure - Summer Break Part 1
CCRA is closed from Monday, July 26
to Friday, July 30. The office will reopen on Monday, August, 2. All
messages and emails left will be returned when the office reopens.
Since the office is closed, there will be no CCRA This Week.
Merchant Partner of the Week
Every week we spotlight a member of the
CCRA Merchant Partner ‘Deals & Discounts’ Program, which helps local
Mom and Pop businesses get back on their post-pandemic feet by
providing complimentary valuable advertising and by encouraging support
from our highly-engaged membership. This week we feature the Rittenhouse
‘Branzino’ is Italian for… Delicious.
Located in the heart of Rittenhouse on 17th below
Locust, CCRA Merchant Partner Branzino offers sumptuous modern Italian
cuisine in an expansive Center City townhouse that features a lovely
private garden on the outdoor garden patio. The BYOB’s food is flavorful
and exquisitely presented by the warm and accommodating staff. And, as a
CCRA Merchant Partner, Branzino offers 10% off for both indoor and
outdoor garden dining and pickup for orders directly telephoned into the
restaurant. (Note: The discount does not apply to third-party delivery
services.) 10% off and a BYOB? What are you waiting for?
Clean, Safe, and Green
Help Keep Our Sidewalks Beautiful: 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 your
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.
over a decade now, the “More Park, Less Way” initiative has focused on a
vision for a more walkable, accessible and inclusive Ben Franklin
Parkway. Now, three separate design firms have submitted proposals that,
while different, aim to make the space more pedestrian-friendly and
diverse. (Think “cosmopolitan canopy”.)
Shared rides with Uber and Lyft went
the way of the dodo bird during the pandemic, but now they’re making
like a phoenix, as Lyft has announced the return of shared rides,
starting first here in Philadelphia.
Riders will have three shared ride options, which will be tiered by wait time and have upfront pricing assigned to each.
Uber, for its part, says it has no immediate plans to reinstate shared rides.
Bring Your Appreciation of History (And Your Appetite) to the Philly Food Tour
Everybody knows about Philly’s fave
sandwiches, and scrapple, and soft pretzels, and so on, but what’s the
story behind the story? What’s the history, and how exactly are these
delicacies made? And how about the Reading Terminal Market?
For the answers to all this and more you should head for the Philly Food Tour, which departs from the Market info desk at 12th and Market at 10am every Wednesday and Saturday.
Broad Street Run is Back, and Registration is Now Open
Chased away by the pandemic last year, the
Broad Street Run is back, with the starter’s gun (and the race) set to
start at 8 a.m. the morning of October 10. Runners can’t wait for the
race, but they don’t have to wait to register, which can be done here. And don’t forget: Volunteers needed!
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.