midterms in the rear-view mirror, attention now rightly turns to the
Mayor’s race. Crime prevention is on the minds of most Center City
residents, along with a desire for true leadership.
A number of candidates have already announced, with no doubt several more to come.
a diverse bunch. We’ve got our choice of experienced politicians and
successful businesspeople; pragmatists and ideologues; evolutionary vs.
This is serious stuff this time around. Philly’s a great city, but it needs some work.
The hope here is that the campaigns are conducted accordingly, with much sober discussion and a notable lack of bomb-throwing.
This city deserves no less. It’s Game On, and may the best person win.
CCRA News and Events
Changes Ahead for Market Street
Between 20th & 23rd Streets
by traffic safety concerns and with substantial input and support from
CCRA, the City has announced that PennDOT will create a two-way,
parking-separated bike lane on the northbound side of Market Street
between 20th and 23rd Streets.
the past five years, there have been 72 crashes on these three blocks
with 46 people injured and five people seriously injured, city officials
said. Among those who were hurt, 60% were walking and 20% were biking.
There’s a lot to this; details start here.
Final Notice: CCRA Public Meeting Re: 2301 Walnut St
Monday, December 5, at 7 pm via Zoom
TheTrammell Crow Company
plans to construct a new mixed-use residential high-rise with retail at
the corner of 23rd and Walnut (the former site of RiteAid) and
continuing to 23rd and Sansom. The project is “by right” under the
Philadelphia zoning code, which means the property owner does not need a
variance from the City. However, the public will have input on the
project as part of the Philadelphia City Planning Civic Design Review
process. The architects for the project, BLT Architects, will present
the plans, renderings, space, program and project details in a brief
presentation. After the presentation there will be a Q&A session.
You can attend the meeting via Zoom. Local commentary on the project so far can be read here.
CCRA Zoning Committee Meeting
On Tuesday, November 22, CCRA held its monthly public zoning committee meeting. You can watch the meeting on our Youtube Channel or read the decisions here.
The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, January 24, at 7 pm. The meeting in December has been canceled.
Our Students Get An Artful Taste of History
membership dues help CCRA support extracurricular activities at Friere,
our local (21st and Chestnut) public charter high school. This month,
35 students attended The Royale, a play based on the life of the first
Black heavyweight boxing champion, Jack Johnson.
locally for your holiday shopping whenever possible, but if/when you’re
using Amazon, consider designating “Center City Residents’ Association”
as your choice for an eligible charity, as a small portion of your
purchase will be donated to CCRA from Amazon. You can learn more about
it and sign up here. Thanks for thinking of us! :)
CCRA MERCHANT PARTNER SPOTLIGHT
Merchant Partner program is a true Win-Win: It provides local
businesses with complimentary advertising and exposure while giving CCRA
members generous deals and discounts. This week we spotlight Merchant
Partner City Fitness.
Work it, Baby: Such a Deal at City Fitness
Your clothes will love you as will your pocketbook when you take advantage of the discounts offered by CCRA Merchant Partner City Fitness.
is very excited to announce that we are launching a Corporate Wellness
partnership with City Fitness, which was recently voted Best Gym in the
City, and it’s clear to see why,
They have the best of everything: the latest machines, exercise bikes, steam rooms, saunas, hydro-massage… you name it.
the discounted $34.99 bi-weekly rate includes all yoga and spin
classes, all amenities, access to all six locations, with no long-term
commitment: you can stop anytime.
Seem too good to be true? Yes, it does. But it’s true nonetheless. Details here.
Clean, Safe and Green
Our Leaves Lumped at the Dump? We’re Stumped!
say it ain’t so! But the way we read the city’s leaf collection plan is
enough to make us row-homers move into a high-rise. See if we
interpreted this correctly (and hopefully we didn’t), but…
you’re putting the leaves curbside, trash the idea of the big box brown
compostable leaf bag. They’re dumped like the plastic ones you use for
your garbage. Don’t waste your time or money on paper bags for curbside
a Center City tree hugger to do? Hit up Rittenhouse Hardware (be sure
to ask for your CCRA discount) for the compostable bags, fill ‘er up, do
aSat. drop off at Broad and Christian.
silver lining? Come spring, all city residents can get up to 30 gallons
of free compost, mulch, or other organic materials from the city’sRecycling Center.
Of course, no Center City pick-up location for that, either. Grrrr.
Tips for a Watershed-Friendly Lifestyle
cold weather approaches, don’t forget to drain and disconnect rain
barrels you are responsible for. Freezing and thawing can cause cracks
in your barrel! This is also a good time to clean out screens and the
tank to remove debris. You can find more from PSU Extension on rain barrel maintenancehere.
the weather outside turns frightful, keep these snow-shoveling tips in
mind: Shovel early and often; keep storm drains clear of ice, snow, and
debris; keep fire hydrants and utility access points clear of snow and
ice; and limit the use of de-icing products to the minimum amount
needed. VisitPhilly H2O blogfor more tips and graphics!
Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
New Calder Museum on the Parkway Heralded by Ritualistic Ceremony
Native American Indian ritualistic ceremony was held to pave the way
for the new Calder Museum at 21st and the Parkway. Members of the
Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape tribe blessed the land that was originally
occupied by their ancestors.
“Calder Gardens” will be built in 2023, pairing Alexander Calder’s
famous mobiles with natural landscaping. “Sandy” Calder was known for
his suspended mobile sculptures that gently sway to air currents. His
grandfather designed the William Penn statue atop City Hall and his
father designed the Swann Fountain in the middle of Logan
Square. Details here – check out amazing artist renderings!
Hit Up the Black Holiday Pop-up on 52nd Street
Always a shopping mecca, the 52nd St. corridor is even more so now, during the holidays, thanks to a holiday popup market.
by CCRA ally The Enterprise Center, the pop-up features products from
over 30 Black-owned small businesses. Like what? Like art, accessories
and apparel, much of it homemade by local artisans of color. Season your
PA Puts Its Money Where Its Mouth Is:
to many of us city dwellers, southwest Philly is a “drive over” zone on
the way to the airport. Over the last 20 or so years, and luckily for
us, many African immigrants, largely from Ghana, Ethiopia, Liberia,
Nigeria, and Sierra Leone, have made it a “stay over” zone and now call
it home. The benefits? A rebound from a “blighted'' neighborhood to a
“destination” location, offering new stores, foods, cultures and
lifestyles. The rewards? A $9M grant from the state to launch
newly designated neighborhood goes from S. 47th Street and Baltimore
Avenue to S. 74th Street and Lindbergh Boulevard, and will feature a
Woodland Avenue Commercial Corridor. Tax dollars creating more tax
dollars? Wow! Something is going right in Philly! Follow the action here.
Center City Economy Continues Post-Pandemic Rebound
the Sixers’ Joel Embiid on a good night, the Center City economy has
rebounded nicely of late. According to the latest report from the Center
City District, the area has seen two consecutive years of positive net
openings of restaurants and retailers.
Daily pedestrian foot traffic is now at 75% of pre-pandemic levels
80.5 storefronts are open, up from 54.5% in June 2020
Taxable retail sales are at 88% of nominal 2019 levels
a book nerd on your holiday shopping list? Or are YOU a book nerd?
Either/or, make it over to historic Trinity Memorial Church this Friday
or Saturday for the Philadelphia Rare Book Fair, where over 20 vendors
nationwide will be offering rare books, autographs and, of course,
ephemera. Admission? Free. Hours? 11-6 Fri,10-5 Sat. Location? 2212
Spruce. Details? Overleaf.
Christmas Village: Where to Start, How to Finish
Village is totally awesome, but can it be a little overwhelming? Uh,
yes. No worries; we’re here to help. Candles your thing? Check. 'Slow
fashion’ designer bags?Yes, pls. Torch-wielding glass artists? Why, of
course. And you know we’re just getting started. Drill down here, y’all.
Pagan Special – No Holiday Lights Light Show
a local Santa-free zone. OK, technically, this winter light show isn’t
in Center City. Actually, it isn’t even in Philly. You gotta cross the
bridge…the Trenton/Morrisville Bridge, to close-by Hamilton, NJ. And
look to the left while you’re crossing the bridge and see the famous
“What Trenton Makes….The World Takes” sign. Ah, the good old days. Keep
going a few more miles, and in what is an otherwise bleak landscape,
you’ll find a hidden treasure- the Grounds for Sculpture. It’s road-trip worthy.
by day, this nearby modern sculpture garden transforms into an
interactive lightshow at night, as your movements cause a ripple effect
that echoes across the artwork and then disappears. Patterns of light
are syncopated to original soundtracks. Check out this YouTube video. Our bet is you think it’s worth a drive up I-95 (after rush hour, that is….).
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.