After the hottest, humidest, miserablest summer in recent (any?) memory, autumn arrived en masse last weekend and promptly kicked that long hot summer straight to the curb.
The days these days? Warm.
The nights? Cool.
The air? Delicious! You could slurp it with a spoon.
And the sunlight? OMG.
We were fortunate to have dinner al fresco
along Rittenhouse Sq. early Friday evening, and around about dessert,
the last of the pre-sunset sunlight bathed the street in breathtaking
golden glory. It was beyond beauty. Even our Marin County-living guest
had to admit she was impressed.
So…our Rx? Forget the summer, the floods, the tornadoes, all of it.
Go out, get out, and Drink. It. In.
CCRA News and Events
CCRA Zoning Committee Meeting
Tuesday, September 28, CCRA held its public zoning committee meeting.
There were four items on the agenda, including the "Bankroll" Project
located at 19th and Chestnut St.
The renderings of the Bankroll project will be on our website shortly.
CCRA Survey Gives Thumbs-Up to Loading Zone Idea
one needs to be reminded of the parking difficulties in Center City,
especially on weekdays when most deliveries are made and parking space
is at a premium.
suggestion for increasing access to the CCRA area during the day is to
create one, maybe two loading zone spaces per block. The loading zones
would be in operation during the day, then revert to regular spaces in
conducted a survey regarding this notion, and 83% of respondents
replied affirmatively to the idea. Survey details and results can be
its part, CCRA will reach out to the City’s Office of Transportation
and Infrastructure (OTIS) and recommend that a loading zone pilot be
part of the enforcement pilot.
Some sample comments from the survey:
“Unfortunately, people will probably just park in the loading zones… but worth a try!”
“Please don’t create loading zones at the expense of accessible parking spots.”
major unexpected side-effect of the pandemic has been the proliferation
of outdoor dining. These so-called “streeteries” have proved very
popular, but the temporary ordinance permitting them expires at the end
of the year 2021. With an eye toward making them permanent,
Councilmember Allan Domb has introduced legislation that will do just
that: make them permanent. Domb looks to get the bill through committee
and up for a full vote soon. The bill would then need to be signed by
Mayor Kenney. While CCRA members are generally supportive of outdoor
dining, should you have any concerns please let us know by emailing
CCRA Managing Director Travis Oliver at firstname.lastname@example.org. Details on the bill can be found here.
Parc Restaurant, Rittenhouse Sq.
The Development Committee is looking for new members
CCRA Development Committee is looking for a few CCRA members to join us
in planning a couple of big events this fiscal year. We’re looking for
fun, energetic, go-getters that know how to “throw a party.” Our first
meeting is Monday, October 4, at 10 am. If you’re interested, let Travis Oliver know and he will send you the link to the zoom meeting.
Further update from the Schuylkill River Park Community Garden
the aftermath of Hurricane Ida, the garden as well as the surrounding
area was flooded by the Schuylkill River that overflowed its banks. It
was not a sewage pipe that backed up into the garden, as reported.
Rather, the flood and possible contamination happened because our
section of the City is served by an outdated combined stormwater and
sewage system. Upriver from our neighborhood, this system was
overwhelmed by the volume of stormwater which caused sewage to spill
into the river. To determine what remedial steps should be taken, the
garden steering committee is consulting with experts from the City, the
Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, and Penn State Extension. The garden
season was cut short, but gardeners had already donated over 700 pounds
of produce to City Harvest before the flood.
Giving Circles Panel Discussion to be Held Oct. 7
know that CCRA members give generously to charity. If you'd like to
engage in local philanthropy through a Giving Circle -- which collects
dollars from a group of people and gives the donors a say in where the
funds go to better the community -- check out this free program on Oct. 7
at 2 pm to learn more about some Philadelphia-area Giving Circles.
circles are a growing movement in philanthropy across the country and
one of the most significant ways people participate in charitable
this panel discussion, presented by the Cosmopolitan Club of
Philadelphia, three leaders from Philadelphia area giving circles will
share their perspectives on the power of collective giving.
To register, go here. To learn more about the Cosmopolitan Club of Philadelphia Giving Circle, go here.
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 providing complimentary valuable advertising
and exposure by encouraging support from CCRA’s highly-engaged (and
growing) membership. This week we feature Rittenhouse's go-to Nature’s Gallery Florist.
Nature’s Gallery’s Got Your Flower Power Right Here
Philadelphia is not typically known as the Flower Capital of the Universe, but you’d never know it by Nature’s Gallery Florist
at 2124 Walnut. This remarkable florist offers fresh and imported
flowers, elegant orchids, succulent plants, and much, much more.
Tell them what you want, and they’ll make it happen.
Not sure what you want? No worries. Avail yourself of their considerable expertise.
They do weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs, graduations, and much, much more. One couple decide to elope and needed flowers fast. Done!
Result? A very satisfied couple.
So next time it’s Flower Time, see the good folks at Nature’s Gallery. And don’t forget: CCRA members receive a 5% discount.
To comply with the single-use plastic bag ban going
into effect Oct. 1, stores throughout the City will be transitioning to
reusable bags. To make it easier on customers, Wawa is launching a
“Skip the Bag for Good” initiative whereby starting TOMORROW, Oct. 1 the
store will be giving away 1,000 of the reusable bags (with purchase,
while supplies last). Details here.
too many uncertainties and unknowns due to the pandemic, the
Pennsylvania Horticultural Society has announced that the Philadelphia
Flower Show will once again be held outdoors at FDR Park. Entitled “In
Full Bloom”, the Show will run from June 11 through 19 and will
spotlight the healing and therapeutic qualities of flowers and
gardening. For all the details, dig here
Gone for Good: One Liberty Observation Deck
Ugh, another unfortunate victim of the Covid-19
pandemic: The One Liberty Observation Deck, a favorite of locals and
tourists alike for its 57th-floor birds-eye views of the City
since its opening in November 2015. Citing a drastic decrease in
day-trippers, group tour bookings, and overseas tourists, One Liberty
has announced that the Observation Deck will be closed for good. For
more, go here.
Would you 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.