City won’t long forget the pictures and videos of the Schuylkill River
flooded wall-to-wall nor of the Vine Street Expressway resembling a
reservoir. While the waters have thankfully receded, the pain left in
their wake largely remains.
For those who lost property, power or more, you have our deepest condolences.
has been informed that a new tenant will be moving into the former Boyd
Theater and The Gap on Chestnut Street. The plan is for a Stephen Starr
restaurant and a sports bar and video parlor. This is a new use which
Center City has not seen before so Rick Gross, CCRA President, has
appointed a Stakeholders’ Group of nearby buildings to negotiate issues
of noise, congestion, signage, security and liquor licensing. The group
will propose a binding Memorandum of Understanding (similar to a
Community Benefits Agreement for new buildings) which will be presented
to the CCRA Board for approval in due course. There will be an
opportunity for public input.Watch this space for further information.
Belgian Block, Trolley Tracks and Hex-head Screw Spikes (?)
wonder what exactly is under the city streets? You might be surprised. A
recent installation of a new water main in Center City provides a peek,
with CCRA streets guru Bill West as your guide. Dig deep here.
ICYMI: CCQ Fall 2021 Edition
The Center City Quarterly is out!
Many thanks to Editor
Nancy Colman and to all who were involved in putting together this
edition. Click on the picture to view CCQ.
Merchant Partner of the Week
week we spotlight a member of the CCRA Merchant Partner ‘Deals &
Discount’ Program, which helps local Mom and Pop businesses get back on
their post-pandemic feet by
complimentary valuable advertising and exposure by encouraging support
from CCRA’s highly-engaged (and growing) membership. This week we
feature William Schwartz Distinctive Jewelry.
New Merchant Partner
CCRA is both proud and delighted to introduce our newest Merchant Partner, William Schwartz Distinctive Jewelryat
1831 Chestnut St. Anything but a big-box chain store, William Schwartz
is truly distinctive in that they offer an unusually wide selection of
both unique and custom pieces, and their personal, on-site repairs are
done right the first time with very quick turnaround. (If you
disbelieve, check out the raves on Yelp.) So what could be better, you
ask? They offer a 10% discount to CCRA members.
So do please stop by at 1831Chestnut
and say hello to Russell at the newest member of the CCRA Merchant
Partner family: William Schwartz Distinctive Jewelry!
Clean, Safe, and Green
Schuylkill River Park Community Garden flooded by Ida
Areas of Center City
left underwater in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida include the Schuylkill
River Park community garden. While gardening activities had been
winding down prior to the storm, the river dumped several feet of water
and a thick layer of silt on end-of-season produce. The garden steering
committee has directed gardeners to dispose of all affected produce and
is busy gathering information about possible soil contamination and
remediation. Organizations offering guidance include Penn State
Extension Services, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and
Philadelphia Parks and Recreation. The goal is to restore the soil so
that gardeners can be confident in its safety next season. Once
procedures are in place, several cleanup sessions will be scheduled.
Previous CCRA This Week
9th District Crime Report
17th District Crime Reports
Center City Quarterly
Community News and Events
A Photo-First: The Phila 20/20 Photo Festival
your calendars for the month of September, as the monthlong,
first-of-its-kind 20/20 Photo Festival has arrived. With the theme
“History Informs the Contemporary”, the 20/20 takes place both in-person
and online and brings together work of both emerging and established
photographers with exhibits, workshops, artist talks, even a community
darkroom gathering. Get the picture here and here.
Zoning Variance Gives Painted Bride Mural Life
The City’s Zoning
Board of Adjustment has approved a zoning variance that allows Old City
developer Atrium Design Group to build a 70-unit modernist apartment
dwelling atop the former Painted Bride Art Center in exchange for
preserving an Isaiah Zagar mosaic mural on the façade of the one-story
building. The variance would allow Atrium to exceed the normal 65-foot
height limit by about 20 feet.
Classical and Trinity Center for Urban Life Present: Our American
Experiences: a 9/11 20th Anniversary Remembrance Festival for 2021
September 11, 8:30 a.m. to 5pm - come and go as you please. FREE,
donate what you wish. Many events will take place at Trinity Memorial
Church, 22nd and Spruce Streets. For more information, please contact Susan Weinman.
September 26 – the
first Sunday of Autumn – will find a Scavenger Hunt on the Avenue of the
Arts, where participants will search for and locate landmarks, from
Dilworth Park to the Clef Club. Yes, there will be prizes, and everyone
gets a hat! And: you won’t have to worry about missing the Eagles game
that Sunday because they’re playing Monday Night that week (against
Dallas, speaking of scavengers).
Tickets are live for Old Pine Community Center’s "Cheese & Wine at Old Pine" fundraising event!
event will take place on Friday, September 24th, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in
the Old Pine Street Church graveyard. Enjoy a glass of wine, a personal
cheese board provided by From Marjorie, and fun activities (like a
historic graveyard tour!). Celebrate this milestone with OPCC's friends
and neighbors while learning about our upcoming programs and plans.