Upcoming City of Philadelphia Ballot Questions: A Closer Look at Question 4
Question 4 on the ballot for the November 2, 2021 election involves the Philadelphia
Housing Trust Fund. The Housing Trust Fund supports affordable housing
and other programs benefiting low income, disabled and homeless people.
It is funded through a variety of sources, including recordation fees
and non-mandatory annual appropriations from the City.
will be asked to answer the following question: “Shall The Philadelphia
Home Rule Charter be amended to provide for a mandatory annual
appropriation for the Housing Trust Fund?”
the ballot measure is approved, the City would be required to set aside
0.5% of the City’s General Fund Appropriations for the Housing Trust
Fund. Had this provision been in place for the current fiscal year, it
would have resulted in approximately $25 million in general fund
appropriations for the Housing Trust Fund.
The Nov. 2 election
may be right around the corner, but it’s not too late to get up to speed
about whom the candidates are and what the issues are. There’s the
Philla DA race, there’s judgeships, and there’s a number of ballot
questions as well, all detailed here.
CCRA News and Events
CCRA Zoning Committee Canceled
There are no properties to review this month. The next zoning committee meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, November 23, 7pm.
CCRA Proposes Pilot Program for Loading Zone Concept
a letter to the City’s Office of Transportation, Infrastructure and
Sustainability (aka OTIS), CCRA President Rick Gross proposed a pilot
version of the loading zone concept that has been discussed as a
possible solution to parking problems in bike and bus lanes.
loading zone concept would create one or two loading zone spaces per
affected block. These loading zone spaces would revert to normal parking
spaces at day’s end. Affected blocks in the CCRA proposal would likely
be Pine and Spruce from Broad to 22d.
OTIS has received the proposal and is in the process of reviewing it.
CCRA's Meet & Greet
night, for the first time in 2 years, CCRA members gathered together at
the Dwight D Hotel’s charming outdoor garden for a happy hour Meet
& Greet. Members, board members, and our staff member Travis Oliver
were thrilled to finally meet in person. CCRA President Rick Gross spoke
briefly - welcoming the crowd and telling the members that exciting
things are happening this year.
you to Vittoria Schultz, owner of the Dwight D Hotel, and her
hardworking staff for making this post-COVID-19 event such a success.
you’re a man (or if there’s a man in your life), there’s really only
one place to go when it comes to shoes, and that would beBlue Sole Shoesat 18th & Chestnut.
But be not misled: this isn’t merely a shoe store; au contraire,
this is a premier men’s boutique that harkens back to 2007. And so
we’re talking not only fashion-forward shoes here but also stylin’
belts, socks, bags, accessories and yes, gift cards, all delivered with
top-notch customer service.
It’s a tough call as to which is more attractive: theirwebsite or the store itself, so why not browse both?
Oh, and this: CCRA members receive 10% off regularly-priced merchandise.
Clean, Safe, and Green
Tree Tenders come home to CCRA
area tree planters have returned home to CCRA! CCRA welcomes the
Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Tree Tender group as part of its
newly-formed standing committee, “CCRA Green.” Exciting news, but this
is not the first time CCRA has supported neighborhood tree planting
efforts. Many of the mature trees we enjoy today in Center City West
were planted by an avid CCRA group that called themselves the Center
City Greening Project. From 1992 to 2000, the group mapped the
neighborhood trees and their condition and planted hundreds more. The
Greening Project evolved into a Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Tree
Tender group and found a home with the Friends of Schuylkill River Park
(FSRP). After many happy years at FSRP, the Tree Tenders are joining the
greening taskforce which has its sights set beyond tree planting and
care to include environmental concerns such as stormwater
management. CCRA Green Tree Tenders will plant 13 street trees on
November 20 and are soliciting applications for free street trees to be
planted in April (apply here). Volunteers are very welcome to join these greening efforts.
- Susan Kahn, Leader, CCRA Green Tree Tenders
Prepare for Spring Now with Free Bulbs from PHS
Yes, it’s cold and
getting colder, but that doesn’t mean you can’t prep for Spring by
taking advantage of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Spring Bulb
Giveaway offer of free tulip and daffodil bulbs. The date? Oct.
27. Details? Here.
Love Your Park? Here’s Your Chance to Show It
Mark the Nov. 13 space on your calendar, as that’s the date of the Fall Service Day sponsored by the Park Friends Network
group to collect leaves for compost, plant trees and flower bulbs and
generally just clean up after a busy summer season. Volunteer
registration is now open; details here.
Headquartered right in our neighborhood- at Peirce College—Beyond Literacy (BeLit) is gearing up to compete in this year’s Philanthropitch Philadelphia.
mission is to expand opportunities and improve lives by unleashing the
power of literacy through free, high-quality education. They help adult
students get their GED (high school equivalency); they help immigrants
learn English as a Second Language. They place adult learners in
Community College level learning environments. All programs are through
grants, volunteers, supporters and sponsors. Want to help them win the
most prestigious Philanthropy prize in Philadelphia? Learn more here.
Ed Bronstein garage sale benefiting charity
Oct. 24 is the Phila Open Studio Tour (West section). Center City
artist Ed Bronstein will have his annual garage sale, showing oil,
acrylic, and pastel paintings, as well as ink drawings. All work will be
one half of the normal retail price. Purchasers can write checks for
all work payable to Philabundance or TreePhilly, both 501(c)3 charitable
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.