Devastating. Tragic. Horrific. Words, of course, fail.
But the pain is great, the pain is deep, and the heartbreak seems unendurable.
In time we trust we will receive answers to the many questions now swirling our minds.
But for now may the grieving begin, with healing to follow.
For those so inclined, your prayers are welcome.
CCRA News and Events
CCRA Board Meeting
next board meeting is on Tuesday, January 11, at 7 pm, via Zoom. The
meeting is open to our active members. The beginning of the meeting has
two presentations: the renaming of Taney Street and Skyplane
Ordinances. If you would like to attend, contact Managing Director
Travis Oliver, and he will send you the link to the meeting.
"Sense in the City:" A lunchtime Wednesday virtual discussion series with the Center City Residents Association, led by Hugh Taft- Morales, Philadelphia Ethical Society
Wednesdays, 12 noon–1:30 PM; 1/19, 2/9, 2/23, 3/9, and 3/23
can citizens nurture constructive dialogue that respects everyone and
helps make our society more equitable and inclusive? How can we live
more meaningful, engaged, and responsible lives? Join Hugh Taft-Morales,
Leader of the Philadelphia Ethical Society, for a series of guided conversations about community, differences, and justice.
will offer a humanist perspective about some ethical and personal
challenges we confront, followed by whole-group and small-group
conversations. Come share what inner resources, spiritual traditions,
and behavioral habits help you live more fully and fairly when
navigating life in Philadelphia.
January 19, 12:00noon-1:30 PM
Public Spaces and Thoroughfares
an increasingly privatized world, how can public spaces become
welcoming and inclusive oases open to people of all backgrounds and
identities? Why are what sociology Prof. Elijah Anderson calls
“cosmopolitan canopies” so important? How can thoughtful urban design
and lighting improve our town squares? How do pedestrians, bicycles, and
cars navigate our shared thoroughfares? Register here.
Other dates and topics:
February 9 - Equity, Public Schools and Democracy
February 23 - Homelessness and Humanity
March 9 – Fear and Street Crime
March 23 - Climate Justice and Economic Justice
CCRA MERCHANT PARTNER SPOTLIGHT
Merchant Partner program is a true Win-Win: It provides smaller local
businesses with complementary advertising and exposure while giving CCRA
members generous deals and discounts. This week we spotlight
Rittenhouse culinary legend Di Bruno Bros.
what would Center City do without Di Bruno’s, anyway? Scary thought,
right? Ponder if you will all the stellar dinner parties that would have
been subpar minus the killer cuisine of Di Bruno’s. A culinary pioneer
for 80 years, Merchant Partner Di Bruno’s is a full-fledged,
You name it, they have it: meat, seafood, wine, beer, produce, chef-prepared meals, homemade desserts, and oh, that cheese cave!
has consistently saved the bacon of party-givers in more ways than one,
and now you can save – 10%! – by becoming a member of CCRA.
Welcome to Penn Center House!
a New Year, and with it comes your January annual High-Rise membership
renewal. Or: Join for the first time! Either way, you win, and this
year we’ve made it waaay easy. How easy?
scroll down, select “Hi-Rise Member”, click “Next” and proceed from
there to the Application process. That’s it! Do it today before you
Looking forward to our continued PCH partnership and collective voice for better Center City living. Contact Travis Oliver if you have any questions.
Historic House in the Hood
CCRA’s Historic Preservation Task Force has successfully nominated the
Love Building at 1523 Chestnut Street to the City of Philadelphia’s
Register of Historic Places! This building played an important role in
the pioneering efforts of the Red Rose Girls, three avant-garde female
artists who paved the way for women to work in American Illustration in
the 1890s. The Love Building is one the last surviving buildings from
the time when this section of Chestnut Street was the center of
Philadelphia's fine arts work at the turn of the century with art
galleries and studios, including that of Cecilia Beaux. Next time you
walk down Chestnut Street, keep an eye out for this landmark for women
and LGBTQ heritage in Philadelphia. To learn more about the Love
Building, read the Saturday Evening Post’s articlehere and the CCRA’s nominationhere.
Clean, Safe, and Green
Taking Trash Into Your Own Hands (Well, Not Literally)
the City has a trash-collection problem that it’s aware of and working
on, but that doesn’t mean that you have to wait for a solution to come
from City Hall. There are things you can do yourself; 21 such things,
in fact. Like what? Like here.
Destination Dead End?
2000 block of Latimer is a muddle street in the process of raising its
game. It's a dead-end that can only be entered from 21st Street. Check
out the makeover
discovered by our “Streets Maven” Bill West. It’s a perfect walking
destination for the Winter/Covid blues. And viewing Belgium Blocks may
be the closest thing to foreign travel right now.
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice
Be a Part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
are countless ways to celebrate the legacy of Dr. King on Jan. 17, one
of which would be to take part in the Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther
King Day of Service, the largest King Day event in the nation.
Volunteer opportunities abound and can be checked out here.
“Way Home” Program Provides Aid for Homeless in LGBTQ Community
partners SELF, Inc. and the William Way LGBT Center jointly manage a
rapid rehousing program called “Way Home” that caters specifically for
it pays a portion of rent for one year for 40 Philadelphians who have
been experiencing homelessness. Providing such short-term assistance
for a private apartment is now considered a standard, effective and
low-cost solution. Details here.
R.I.P., Visit Phila President and LGBTQ Tourism Pioneer Jeff Guaracino
Visit Philadelphia President
and CEO Jeff Guaracino, a pioneer in LGBTQ tourism, died at age 48 on
Dec. 28 after a long battle with cancer. A native Philadelphian with a
passionate love for his hometown, he had become internationally known as
an advocate for LGBTQ tourism. More details may be found here.
Colleen Billups was just promoted to the rank of Captain and assigned
here to the 9th Police District. She is a 17-year veteran of the
Department working many Districts and Units including Center City Police
District (660 Chestnut) as a Sergeant. She grew up not far from the 9th
in Northern Liberties and attended Hallahan High School.
Food and Personal Items Collection
City Institute Library, 1905 Locust, is a drop-off location for the
Bebashi Transition to Hope and Sunday Love Project Food Drive. The
library will be collecting high-priority food and personal care items
(see the list in the photo) in January. Drop off items Mondays through
Thursdays, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Fridays 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Philadelphia Orchestra presents the Annual Martin Luther King, Jr.,
Tribute Concert in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing
Arts, January 17. Free tickets are availablehere.
It’s On: “Cone Rangers” vs. “Savesies”
knew this was inevitable: A vigilante-style backlash against the
(illegal) practice of reserving a parking space via placement of an
orange cone or lawn chair or underemployed relative. And of course,
there’s a word for the practice: it’s a “Savesie”. And it’s nothing new.
now, a subreddit-inspired militia dubbing itself the “Cone Rangers” has
anointed itself the cavalry in this epic struggle. "Not so fast,
Junior," say the Philadelphia Police, (wisely) advising the avengers
against taking the law into their own righteous hands in this particular
contretemps. Good Luck with that in South Philly, in other words. The story behind the storm can be found here.
It’s Back! Center City Restaurant Week
it indoor seating, outdoor seating or take-out, or delivery on the
couch seating, from Jan. 9 through 21 participating Center City
restaurants are offering multi-course prix-fixe lunches for $25 and
dinners for $40. Don’t let reasonable pandemic fears prevent you from
supporting your favorite local eateries. Take-out and delivery are
Mangia! Best New Restaurants in Philly
Not even a two-year pandemic can squelch the Philly foodie scene.
If anything, it’s gotten more innovative and diverse. Much to explore, and you can start here. Don’t forget your vax card!
Streamable: Best TV Shows of 2021
Winter having arrived and COVID still with us, it’s comforting to know
that the year 2021 was another great year for the telly. The staff of The Beat magazine was kind enough to share their choices for the 15 best shows of the year, and their picks can be found here.
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.