much great has come from the pandemic, but one bright spot has been the
birth of Streeteries. A quick, simple and effective solution, they kept
restaurants afloat and residents sane.
that was then. Now, looking ahead…. Not so simple. It is, as they say,
complicated. Steeteries represent a new and different type creature,
created on the fly with aspects both unanticipated and unaddressed, too
numerous of which to speak to in this space.
As always, it’s best to be informed. Start with Inga Saffron’s column from last Sunday’s Inky (available, albeit paywalled, here).
Then, on Thu., Nov. 4 at 5:30 pm WHYY is presenting a virtual panel
discussion about the future of street dining. To register, go here.
that, next Tuesday morning 11/9 the Philadelphia City Council will have
a hearing on both Allan Domb’s bill to make Streeteries permanent and
Darrell Clarke’s bill to extend the temporary authorization for six
also next Tuesday, CCRA’s Board will hear personally from Councilmember
Domb, our architectural consultant Tim Kerner and others on the issue
as well as receive public comment. The meeting will be live and
in-person at 7 pm at Brandywine Bex at Commerce Square at 2087 Market
St. Plenty of opportunity to listen, learn and weigh in. CCRA members
are most welcome to attend. Please contact Managing Director Travis Oliver to inform him. Proof of vaccination is required.
‘til then, bon al fresco apetit.
CCRA News and Events
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 Center City delivery service The Rounds.
Making The Rounds Work For You
Bothered by the amount of the simple, sheer physical waste in your life? Who isn’t? Well, local startup The Rounds is working to do something about it.
called Mlkmn, The Rounds is in fact built on the “milkman” model in
that it delivers products to the customer’s door in reusable packaging
(think milk bottles). Then, when the user is done, it retrieves the
packaging, rinses, and repeats.
idea being to lower the amount of waste from individual, disposable
orders, The Rounds delivers everyday essentials like oats, toilet paper,
paper products, and cleaning products.
In short, it’s green, it’s sustainable, and it’s cheaper.
Intrigued? Thought so. For more info and to get started, please visit The Rounds.
And know this: Use the code CCRATHEROUNDS in the promo field at signup and your monthly membership will be free for as long as you are a CCRA member.
Clean, Safe, and Green
Local Legislative Updates
Two recent bills, both introduced by Councilman Mark Squilla:
210866: Allow for innovative use of loading zone and metered parking spaces
210870: Prohibit loud noises from motor vehicles and authorize an automated system for detecting violations
Richard J. Watson Exhibit at African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP)
Richard J. Watson is an artist, civil rights activist, and mentor who for nearly 40 years has been an icon at the African
American Museum in Philadelphia. Now the AAMP artist-in-residence has
an exhibit of his own at AAMP, entitled “ Portals+Revelations: Richard
J. Watson Beyond Realities”.
from now through March 6, the in-person exhibit offers a variety of his
art created over three decades: both rural landscapes and mixed media draw on memories of family.
Much more about this remarkable artist can be found here.
2021 Philly Bike Expo wheels into town this weekend, specifically at
the Convention Center this Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 6 and 7. There are
exhibits, there are seminars, and there is more merch than you can throw
a torque wrench at. All the details are here.
Victory Declared at 1776 on the Parkway
Victory Brewing Co. has launched a 14,000 square-foot brewpub at the
noteworthy address of 1776 Ben Franklin Parkway. Formerly (and since
1990) the home of a TGI Friday’s, the space has seen a bottom-to-top
redo and features two indoor levels and a roof deck, totaling 330 seats
overall. There’s also a scratch menu, gift shop, and a whole lotta beer
and hard cider. Details here.
Trinity Memorial Church needs donations to help with Free Food Bag Program
Memorial Church at 22nd & Spruce Street is distributing two free
bags of groceries per household to anyone who is having food insecurity.
No questions asked; advance reservations required. This food
distribution program is accessible to neighborhood residents who do not
have cars, and it has been a lifeline to seniors, families, children,
and laid-off and unemployed workers. Groceries are distributed in the
afternoon on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month. For people
who are unable to pick up at Trinity due to a disability or illness,
volunteers will try to deliver. Trinity gets donated groceries from a
hub in Northeast Philadelphia. Financial donations are needed to purchase supplemental food such as eggs and fresh produce and to pay for drivers.
Museum of the American Revolution Offers Free Admission for Veterans,
Active Military, and Blue Star Families During Veterans Day Weekend,
Thursday, Nov. 11 through Sunday, November 14. More info here.
Go Out for Thanksgiving Dinner? Why Not?
course, you want a delicious Thanksgiving dinner with family and
friends, but maybe this time around you don’t want all the fuss and all
the cleanup? Maybe outsource the food prep, or maybe even go out to
dinner? OK. But how? Where?
worries! Irene Levy Baker’s City Pulse piece has you covered, as in it
she details all the options, the number of which will likely surprise
you. You can dive in here.
No Emergency: New ER at Penn Med
much work and $1.6 billion later, Penn Med’s 17-story Pavilion opened
its new emergency department this past Saturday. One of the largest
hospital projects in the U.S., it will house HUP’s cardiology, oncology,
neurology, and neurosurgery units along with 504 patient rooms and 47
operating rooms. For the many details re the facility, gohere.
The Rothman Orthopaedics Ice Rink returns to Dilworth Park
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.