Remarkably enough, we now find ourselves in the thick of the 2021 holiday season. (Really? Yes, really.)
there was one thing that the pandemic taught many of us, it was to
perform a long-overdue re-think on what’s really important and then
hopefully to act on it, to put it into practice.
And so, what better time than now, as things will soon begin to wind down and we’ll be spending time with friends and family.
And maybe, just maybe, tune out and turn off the endless chatter from social media and alerts to your phone.
perhaps ponder the deeper things, like one’s mortality, the true
concept of justice, and who the Eagles quarterback should be.
CCRA News and Events
We Asked; You Answered
Thanks to all our readers for submitting responses to our request for sidewalk bicycling incidents.
received more than 30 replies! As a result, we already have identified
other local groups who can help us make our city sidewalks safer. Santa
says safe local sidewalk shopping to all.
Greetings to William Penn House!
soon to be a New Year, and with it comes your January annual High-rise
membership renewal. Only this year we’ve made it waaay easy. How easy?
On the CCRA website, go to “Membership”, then “Join New Membership – Resident App”. Then scroll down to “Hi-Rise Member”. Select that, click “Next” and proceed from there to the Application process. That’s it! Do it today before you forget!
Looking forward to our continued WPH partnership and collective voice for better Center City living. Contact Travis Oliver if you have any questions.
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 providing complimentary valuable advertising
and exposure by encouraging support from CCRA’s highly-engaged (and
growing) membership. This week we feature the destination Indian
Get Your Indian Cuisine On at Veda
there are plenty of choices when it comes to Indian food in Philly, but
there’s really only one smart choice, and that would beVeda at 1920 Chestnut Street.
upscale eatery with a modern vibe (and a large bar), Veda has a wide
and tantalizing menu that will satisfy vegans, carnivores and everything
Indian dishes and clever new creations, numerous shareable plates, all
presented beautifully. Never to be overlooked are the dessert and
The service is gracious and friendly, and lest we forget: Happy Hours run from 5pm to 7pm, seven days a week.
So you really can’t go wrong at Veda, especially if you’re a CCRA member, as CCRA folks receive a 10% discount.
Clean, Safe, and Green
Our Clean, Safe, and Green Appeal has begun!
part of your year-end giving, please consider making a tax-deductible
contribution to CCRA's Clean, Safe, and Green Campaign so that we can
continue to carry out our Sidewalk Cleaning and other programs for
Clean, Safe, and Green Program is one of CCRA's most important
neighborhood beautification efforts. We contract with the Center City
District for $29,000 a year to come through our area on trash day and
pick up litter that remains on the sidewalks after Streets Department
crews have taken garbage and recycling. We also keep the neighborhood
green by planting trees for those who would like one.
is extraordinarily proud of the Clean, Safe, and Green Program because
it makes our neighborhood a better place to live and work. However, we
cannot afford to maintain this effort without the generous support of
friends like you.
for your support of CCRA and season's greetings to you and your
family. Click the " Donate Now " link below to contribute today to
by Fitler Square Neighbors Association, our community has been going
through the process of changing the name for Taney Street. The rename
effort moved closer to fruition recently when over 600 residents voted
to rename the street after 19th-Century education and equality activist
Caroline LeCount, widely considered as “Philadelphia’s Rosa
Parks”. Caroline LeCount was a teacher for 50 years who pushed for the
rights of Black students and teachers and who fought to have a law
repealed that prohibited Blacks from riding streetcars.
CCRA has been an active partner in advancing the name change, and now you can, too.
In your own voice, please write a letter (include your full name and street address) that can be emailed or sent as a PDF to: email@example.com. For more on Ms. LeCount, gohere.
Restoration Begins on Marian Anderson House Museum
to funding from various sources, restoration work has begun on the
Marian Anderson House Museum that saw significant flood damage in 2020
when both the basement and first floor of the South Philly Martin St.
rowhome (where the famed opera singer and activist lived) were flooded,
causing much damage to both the building and much of its historical
Full restoration is not expected until the middle of 2023. Detailshere.
Vote Here for Social Innovation Awards
It’s a fast-paced world we live in, but where’s it going, and who’s driving? Social Innovators, that’s who.
2022 Greater Philadelphia Social Innovations Awards celebrates Greater
Philadelphia Social Innovators. Driven by the belief that the potential
for good ideas to inspire more good ideas cannot be underestimated, the
theme of the Awards this year is “Achieving a More Just Society”.
To find out more and to help choose this year’s Award-winners, please gohere.
there is no doubt that Center City is returning to normal, where we
exactly are now is not an easy picture to describe, which is where the
Center City District (CCD) comes in with its Winter 2021 Newsletter,
which is chock-full of salient data points, such as:
Citywide employment remains 69,000 short of pre-pandemic levels
Pedestrian traffic in October 2021 was 75% of that of January 2020
84,000 workers remain absent from Center City each day
than $19 million in state grants has been awarded for redevelopment
projects in Center City, state Rep. Brian Sims announced this
week. Recipients included the Broad Street Ministry, Curtis
Revitalization, and the Drexel Medical Campus. A full report can be
Enjoy Mid-Day, Mid-Week Advent Organ Meditations at Holy Trinity
can use a time-out as we power our way through the holiday hustle, and
what better way than to relax in a beautiful church while listening to
equally beautiful music.
church in question is Holy Trinity -- right on the Square -- and the
music of the moment is “Advent Organ Meditations”, as led by Trinity’s
new music director Donald Meineke.
every Wednesday, from 12:15- 12:45pm, right smack dab in the middle of
the week, from now through Christmas, as Trinity continues to reopen its
doors with wide-open hearts.
Find that Perfect, Unique Gift at Fleisher’s “Handmade”
shopping got you painted in a corner? Fear not, as Fleisher Art’s
annual creative market can save the day. Called “Handmade”, it offers
over 20 vendors providing distinct and affordable holiday gifts, all in
Fleisher’s historic sanctuary at 719 Catherine St. The date? Sat., Dec.
11. The time? 11a-4p. The details? Here.
Hit Up the Liberty Flea Market for Vintage and Artisan Merch 12/18 & 12/19
Dec. 18 and 19 are the dates, 10a to 5p is the time and the Bok Boy’s Gym at 1901 S.9th is the place for one of the top Vintage
and Artisan vendors in the Philadelphia area. We’re talking antiques,
home decor, furniture, vintage clothing, hand-made artisan goods and
yes, some truly superb food! Admission is $5, 12 and under free; proof
of vax required. The whole story can be foundhere.
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.