“Area hopes rise that worst of surge is over”, reads today’s Inquirer. “Omicron is in Retreat”, according to yesterday’s NYT.
like balm to a populace aching for normalcy, and the data supports it,
but what does it even mean? What, if anything, does that change
day-to-day? And how do we even know?
great work by the medical and science communities notwithstanding, the
coronavirus remains a most elusive, unpredictable, and diabolical foe.
so again we are left with no choice but to weigh the known risks,
respect differences of opinion, and proceed with prudence.
And no, it’s not your imagination. It isgetting old.
CCRA News and Events
JEDI Launches Inaugural Discussion
CCRA’s Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion initiative (aka JEDI) kicked off Wednesday, January 19 with Sense in the City,
a discussion on Public Spaces and Thoroughfares. Hugh Taft- Morales of
the Philadelphia Ethical Society introduced the concept with a history
of public spaces in the United States, pointing out that not everyone
was welcome in public parks or on mass transit in the past. He cited the
work of Elijah Anderson, who wrote about “Cosmopolitan Canopies”,
public spaces where diverse peoples come together, and for the most part
practice “getting along.” Dr. Anderson said that Rittenhouse Square and
the Reading Terminal were examples of “cosmopolitan canopies” in
Hugh’s brief presentation, the break-out groups and final wrap-up were
highly engaged discussions. Everyone present valued the diversity in
Rittenhouse Square while recognizing that some behaviors can be
annoying. We also recognized that the issue of “feeling safe” in spaces
that are filled with diverse people and activities can still be
were some technical difficulties that have now been corrected. Please
join us for future discussions, whose topics include:
few weeks ago, we reported on the new historical designation of the
Love Building at 1523 Chestnut Street. One of our members, Dilek
Karabucak, Executive Director of the Geographical Society of Philadelphia, sent in the info about Eliza Cecilia Beaux
(1865-1942) and her artistic ties to our neighborhood, as well as
Philadelphia’s Geographical Society. Give this lady some love, or Philly
style “sisterly affection”! Click here to learn more about Ms. Beaux.
Auto Alert: Watch Your Ride’s Back
There are some bad actors out there, and lately, they’ve been targeting both cars and car parts.
Philadelphia, there have been 90 carjackings reported in the first half
of January. There were 750 in all of 2021. That 750 total is nearly
double that of the year 2020. Details and the city’s response here.
spiking very high is theft of catalytic converters, which contain
precious metals and which can be sawed off and stolen within minutes,
often in broad daylight. In the year 2020 fewer than 1,000 converters
were reported stolen. In 2021 the number jumped 330%, to 3,300.
Details and prevention suggestions here.
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 the
Rittenhouse framing emporiumFrameworks Studio.
Frameworks Studio Brings the Art of Framing
at 21st & Walnut Sts. is not just another framing house. How so?
Well, for one, the framers are artists themselves, complete with Fine
Arts degrees. For another, there is an active on-site gallery that
offers seasonal exhibitions featuring the works of local artists.
finally, as a CCRA Merchant Partner, FrameWorks offers CCRA members 10%
off on all framing. So do please stop by at 21st & Walnut and say
hello to FrameWorks!
Are you using the Merchant Partner 'Deals and Discounts' Program?
We would like to hear from our members! Please take this very brief surveyand let us know your thoughts, so that we may improve on this popular membership benefit program. Thanks much!
Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Support Philly’s Black-Owned Restaurants
better time than the week of MLK Day to celebrate, enjoy and support
Philadelphia’s Black-owned restaurants? Dive bar, BBQ, bakeries,
sandwich shop, Southern American…
the city, there are 75,000 storm drains collecting rain and melted
snow. Many people don’t realize that those in our neighborhood lead
directly to the Schuylkill and Delaware Rivers.
Green is spreading the word by working with the Philadelphia Water
Department and the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary to mark the
storm drains in our neighborhood. Help keep our watershed healthy!
Pick up litter so it doesn’t wash into drains and end up in our streams.
Put dog waste in the trash, not in the street or down a storm drain.
the use of toxic substances. Substitute natural products for mothballs,
drain openers, oven cleaners, and insect sprays.
Choose water-based paints and wash brushes in your sink with water.
Reuse and recycle paint thinner. It’s hazardous. Don’t pour it down the drain or in a storm drain.
year five garden plots (four 10X10 and one 10X15) in the Schuylkill
River Park Community Garden (25th and Spruce St) are awarded to
non-members of the Center City Residents’ Association (CCRA) for a
one-season term. Click here for details.
The day is almost here, Kindergarten Registration for the 2022-2023 school year begins on Tuesday, January 18! Registration for Greenfield will be online only (no in-person registrations).
Remember to have the following ready:
Proof of student's age
Proof of address*
*Greenfield has specific Proof of Addresses (this differs from the SDP):
Either a PECO or PGW bill AND a Driver's License/State Non-Driving ID at the address
regret to inform you that both the Philadelphia area and the nation as a
whole are experiencing a significant shortage in the blood
supply. While the details can be found here, please go here to
donate, being mindful of the fact that you’ll need to book ahead
because fewer appointments are available due to the worker shortage.
Closed Book: Joseph Fox Bookstore to Cease Operations Jan. 29
Street book haven Joseph Fox Bookstore has announced that it will close
its doors for good effective January 29. Launched in 1951, the shop at
1724 Sansom has provided booklovers the polar opposite of a big-box
store. The epilogue can be found here.
Best of the Old & New: Giant Heirloom Market
an up-to-the-moment supermarket and combine it with a classic
Beaux-Arts luxury department store building, and what do you get?
get the new Giant Heirloom Market, located within what formerly housed
the grand Strawbridge and Clothier luxury store at 8th and Markets
You can use your imagination as to what that’s like, or you can read (and see) all about it here.
Penn Museum Showcases Style and Adornment
The Penn Museum, 3260 South Street, is "showcasing 2,500 years of style and adornment through approximately 250 remarkable objects, The Stories We Wear
reveals how clothing and accessories offer powerful expressions of
identity—examining the purpose and meaning behind what we wear. Discover
a spectacular array of attire, jewelry, uniforms, regalia, and
On view till June 12.
Open Tuesday–Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and first Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Closed Mondays and major holidays.
Mask, proof of vax, and ID required. Timed tickets.
Nominees Wanted for Mayor’s Day of Service Award
someone worthy of thanks and praise? The Mayor’s Office is looking for a
few good people for its Mayor’s Day of Service Recognition Award to
honor those who made a positive impact in their community. Read all
about it 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.