It’s not your imagination: bicyclists are more prevalent on the sidewalk of late, and at greater speeds. The results, predictable: painful injuries and terrifying near-misses.
on this. We are actively seeking anecdotes from pedestrians who have
experienced such dangerous and reckless bike behavior, our idea being
that CCRA provides these stories to our elected leaders as ammo to get
the problem resolved.
On Tuesday, Nov. 23, CCRA held its monthly public zoning committee meeting. The meeting is available on ourYouTube Channel.
The next zoning committee is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 28, at 7 pm. via Zoom.
Tour of Furness buildings
CCRA’s Historic Preservation Committee is the eyes and ears for
preservation-related news in Center City. We follow properties in our
community that are up for historic designation at the Philadelphia
Historic Commission and propose that significant properties within the
CCRA’s boundaries be historically designated by the Historic Commission
as well. Center City is a rich source of architecturally important and
unique buildings which describe the story of Philadelphia’s urban
history. One architect who made an impact on architecture in
Philadelphia and the United States was Frank Furness. Enjoy a
self-guided walking tour created by the Preservation Alliance for
Greater Philadelphia of some of Furness’ buildings located right here in Center City!
Rest in Peace, George Brodie
CCRA President, George R. Brodie Jr., 80, died peacefully at his home
in Eagles Mere, Pa., on Fri., Nov. 12, 2021, after valiantly fighting a
lengthy and debilitating illness. Son of the late George Rogers Brodie
and Frances Peter Brodie, he was born Nov. 21, 1940, and raised in Penn
Valley, Montgomery Co., Pa. George attended Episcopal Academy and
settled in center city Philadelphia in his 20s where he still maintains a
home. You can read the rest of his obituary here.
Are you looking to volunteer?
these organizations are looking for volunteers. Although some were from
Thanksgiving, they could use some help throughout the holiday season.
If you have the time and would like to lend them a hand, check out the list.
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 Center City classical music program,Astral Artists.
The Kids Are All Right at Astral Artists
It’s not every city that has the good fortune to have an outfit likeAstral Artistsin
its backyard. A non-profit intensive mentoring program, for 30 years
Astral has specialized in developing the early careers of talented young
classical musicians. Distinguished alumni include guitarist Jason
Vieaux, bass-baritone Eric Owens, pianist Simone Dinnerstein and the
string trio Time for Three.
good news for locals is the “Astral in Concert” series, its public
programming arm that introduces Philadelphians to some of the most
extraordinary young musicians anywhere. How great it is to get to know
future stars “when”.
For CCRA members it gets even better: a $10 discount on any performance (currently virtual). Please use promo code “CCRA”.
Clean, Safe, and Green
Traffic Heads-Up for Saturday, Dec. 4
all-new VISIT PHILADELPHIA® Holiday Parade will take place on Saturday,
Dec. 4th. The parade will kick off at 5:00 p.m. at 2nd & Market
Sts. and will proceed up Market St., ending at City Hall.
The following streets will be closed from 4 p.m. to the conclusion of the parade on Saturday, December 4:
Market St. from Front St. to City Hall
Numbered streets between Chestnut & Race Sts. from 2nd St. to City Hall
City Hall area from S. Broad St. to E. Market St.
S. Broad St. (eastside) from Chestnut St. to City Hall
N. Broad St. from JFK Blvd. to Vine St.
JFK Blvd. from Juniper St. to 15th St.
Parking restrictions will also be in effect in the parade areas.
The Rebound is Real: Center City Foot Traffic Nears Normal
last year’s non-year, foot traffic in Center City has rebounded nicely.
This past October, the number of regional shoppers, tourists, and
visitors in Center City was 87% of normal. And the long Thanksgiving
weekend saw 104,000 visitors to Dilworth Park for holiday
Philly Holiday Experience Kicks off Today and Keeps Rolling
a pandemic pause, the Philly Holiday Experience is back in a new and
improved form. It all kicks off with an in-person tree lighting at 7 pm
on Thursday, Dec. 2 on the Northside of City Hall. Then it really gets
going at 5pm Saturday with the first Visit Philadelphia Holiday Parade
starting at 2nd and Market Streets. There is much, much more, of course.
Details of which can be foundhere.
Boathouse Row Festival of Lights
Boathouse Row’s annual multicultural holiday light display is back as the Philly icon glows in Hanukkah colors through next Monday. Two great spots for soaking up the lights: Fairmount Water Works or the platform above the Fairmount Fish Ladder on the Schuylkill River Trail just off Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.
Hanukkah Dreidel Giveaway in Franklin Square, 200 N. 6th St., Saturday, December 4, 6 pm.
the game before the game: how many Philly references can you spot in
the new mural hanging in the Pepsi Plaza at Lincoln Financial Field?
by local illustrator Hawk Krall, the creation is a mega-banner
chock-full of Philadelphia people, places, and things. Not to spoil it,
but more detailshere.
Reflections: Art Exhibit at Ageless Gardens (neighborhood artists)
are invited to Reflections, an exhibition of works by the Naudain
Street artists, at Ageless Gardens, 2503 Naudain Street, on Saturday,
December 4, and Sunday, December 5 from 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm. In
compliance with the CDC requirements, they ask that you please come
Merchant Partners "Deals and Discounts" Program
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.