the days remain short, the air remains cold, and the Coronavirus has us
yet again in virtual lockdown with nothing but Zoom calls on the
is Netflix-and-Chill Territory. Help out our fine local eateries and
order tons of their killer takeout, tip generously and feel no guilt
whatsoever about bingeing on food, drink and streamed content.
Or, for those so inclined, this weekend the NFL offers no fewer than *six* win-or-go-home playoff games, one of which features our locals against some guy named Brady.
How do YOU define Justice? Or Equity? Diversity? Inclusion?
The meanings of those words aren’t quite as clear-cut as they might seem at first blush.
It’s all worthy of a good discussion (if not several), so why not join Hugh Taft-Morales from the Philadelphia Ethical Society as he guides us on a journey of personal reflections on our beliefs about JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion).
It’s a free, CCRA-sponsored five-part lunchtime Zoom series called “Sense in the City”, and the 1/19 discussion focuses on sharing public space in the city: streets, sidewalks, parks.
all begins next Wednesday, January 19 at noon. While technically it’s a
series, each discussion is considered “stand-alone”, so register for
the first and come back for more if, as we suspect, you like it. To
register and to read starting points for the discussion, please gohere.
Board Hears Proposal to Restore Rittenhouse Row Protections
CCRA Board heard a proposal Tuesday evening from Remapping Committee
co-chair Michael Schade regarding the effort to restore protections to
Rittenhouse Row lost in the 2012 zoning code. The proposal, a compromise
between community organizations, building trades, and Councilpersons,
addresses zoning revisions, frontage maximums, and setbacks/height
limits. Details of the proposal can be found here. The presentation can be seen here.
CCRA Approves Letter of Support to Rename Taney Street
Following a presentation by Ben Keys, on behalf of the Rename Taney Street Coalition,
the CCRA Board on Tuesday unanimously approved a letter of support for
the renaming of Taney Street to "LeCount Street" in honor of educator,
orator and activist Caroline LeCount. Ben Keys’ presentation can be seen
here. Rename Taney St. website can be foundhere.
Bikes-on-Sidewalks Issue Addressed w/ Three-Prong Plan
in an ideal world we could eliminate all adult bike-riding from the
sidewalks, enforcement issues have led us to tackle the biggest
offenders first: the delivery cyclists. A three-pronged approach to the
illegal and dangerous practice of delivery bikes riding on Center City
sidewalks has been jointly developed by the CCRA, the Center City
District (CCD), and the Bicycle Coalition. The approach is as follows:
Work with the food delivery companies to educate the delivery persons.
Work with the companies that rent e-bikes to delivery persons to educate the delivery persons.
an event, with free food, for delivery persons to educate them.
(Friends of Rittenhouse Square is willing to support such an event in
Hopefully, the carrot will be more successful than the stick, given the array of issues.
Streetlight(s) Out? Call 311 or E-Mail Us
in November the Inquirer ran a piece on the, uh, “challenges” the City
is having with broken streetlights. (That unflattering piece ishere.)
observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King Holiday, no trash or recycling
will be collected on Monday, January 17. The City will resume
collection on Tuesday, January 18.
observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King Holiday, CCRA is closed on
Monday, January 17. The office will reopen on Tuesday, January 18.
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 hardware
store extraordinaireRittenhouse Hardware.
Rittenhouse Hardware is Your Go-To Happy Place
late Sunday afternoon, you’ve been working on that house project all
weekend long and now you realize you’re flat out of ten-penny nails.
Who ya gonna call? Where ya gonna go?
impersonal, confusing big-box store? NOOO. CCRA Merchant Partner
Rittenhouse Hardware has your back. Truly local at 20th & Pine,
they have been saving the bacon of the DIY crowd for over 15 years.
They truly get it: they carry everything, are way knowledgeable, and
happy to help.
And….. CCRA members get a 5% discount on all in-store purchases. (CCRA Membership card must be presented.)
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.
Annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Tribute Concert
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.
Free Virtual Event: "Conversations of King: Give Us the Ballot"
1957, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave one of his most remarkable
speeches, "Give Us the Ballot." 65 years later, Washington D.C.
continues to be the backdrop for the fight for voting rights.
WHYY and NewCORE on MLK Day 2022 as we reflect on Dr. King’s 1957
speech and explore how it connects to today’s fight for ballot access
for all. Register here.
fortunately, we are not as prone to drought as other areas of the
country, there are still plenty of reasons to practice the wise use of
water (uh, your water bill, for one). Drexel’s Academy of Natural
Sciences provides a how-to here.
Bummer, Dude: Wonderland Head Shop to Close Its Doors
All but abandoning us in our time of need (of weed), the venerable head shop Wonderland at 2037 Walnut St will be closing its doors for good in February.
in by the one-two punch of the Covid pandemic and the June 2020
rioting, the 47-year-old establishment will be discounting
smoking-related merchandise 50% to 75% on most items from now until
Philly’s biotech scene continues to generate interest (and investment)
vaccine manufacturer Moderna is investing $80 million in Philly-based
Carisma Therapeutics, which develops medical treatments based on the
“killer” white blood cells that fight disease. (Detailshere.)
the same time, Bristol Myers Squibb has announced a $150M collaboration
with Philly-based Century Therapeutics to develop as many as four stem
cell programs targeting leukemia and solid tumors. Detailshere.
No Bread: What Happened?
This time a week ago the Lost Bread Café at 2218 Walnut was rockin’. Now, it’s no longer rollin’. What? Philly Eater has the details.
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.