We don’t know where Presidents' Day Monday found you,
but it found us along the banks of the Schuylkill Trail,
where we headed for a mid-afternoon stroll and a sit.
oh, how glorious. Being a holiday, the folks were out in force. Not a
cloud in the robins-egg blue of a sky, and to feel the warm sun on our
face through the cool crisp air was truly heaven-sent.
So thanks for the Spring tease, Higher Power.
It’ll do until the real thing comes along, and we can take it from there.
CCRA News and Events
A New Mural for Center City West?
Golden, Executive Director of Mural Arts Philadelphia, will be joining
us at the March 8th CCRA Board meeting (7 pm) to discuss a possible new
project in the neighborhood.
will also detail new works created by Mural Arts and discuss potential
new partnerships. Please check next week’s edition for the meeting’s
in-person location and/or Zoom details. All members are invited to hear the presentation.
"Industrious Light: Baldwin Locomotive Works" at 20th near Hamilton
Sense in the City - Homelessness and Humanity
Feb 23, CCRA sponsored a virtual community conversation, hosted by Hugh
Taft-Morales of the Philadelphia Ethical Society, on the subject of
Homelessness and Humanity. The event was well attended by members, as
well many professionals from the front lines of assisting the
“unhoused”. The takeaway: the issue is complicated and frustrating, but
much can be done on a personal as well as a participatory level, to give
help to those unhoused people we “meet” on the street.
of the key questions was whether one should give money or other items
directly to people on the street. For the answer, and to hear a
recording of the program, click here.
next Sense in the City conversation is scheduled via Zoom for March 9th
at 12 noon, and it focuses on Fear and Street Crime. Last
summer Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw released a new crime
prevention and violence reduction plan focusing on gun violence. District
Attorney Larry Krasner emphasized the two-pronged challenge regarding
such efforts: "The most important thing that we can do is build
community at the same time as we are also focusing on law enforcement.
If you shoot people, you need to be in jail.” In our City of Brotherly
and Sisterly Love, consistently ranking above the national averages for
violent crime, how do we strike the right balance between building up
safer neighborhoods and cracking down on crime? What should the average
citizen do? How are different groups in Philadelphia impacted by guns
and drugs? What are some constructive individual and cooperative
responses to this challenge? The conversation is free and open to all. To register, navigate here.
CCRA Zoning Committee Meets
The CCRA Zoning Committee met the evening of Tuesday, Feb.22
issue on Spruce St was not opposed, while two issues on Delancey St
were postponed for future consideration. Video of the meeting here.
No Changes to Center City West’s Congressional Districts
Legislative Review team has carefully reviewed the new U.S.
Congressional Map approved this week by the Pennsylvania Supreme
Court. After careful review, it has determined that House Districts in
Center City West will remain intact, with no significant changes in our
catchment area. For details on the new map, explore here.
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!
CCRA MERCHANT PARTNER SPOTLIGHT
Merchant Partner program is a true Win-Win: It provides smaller local
businesses with complimentary advertising and exposure while giving CCRA
members generous deals and discounts. This week we spotlightDom’s Shoe Repair.
Dom’s Shoe Repair: A Shoe-In
have a beloved pair of shoes you wore to death and which pained you to
toss? Or a pair of boots to die for that simply went the way of all
flesh? Or sandals, too? We’ve all been there. It’s painful.
The next time that happens, though, you need to get that footwear toDom’s Shoe Repair
at 203 S.20th St. The man may not quite be a miracle worker, but he’s
close. Stories abound of how he’s taken lost causes and restored them to
their former glory.
And no, it’s not just about the shoes (nor boots, nor sandals).
has been known to resuscitate handbags in dire straits, plus there are
even urban legends about him making watchbands good as new. All of which
is done with Honesty, Humor and Hospitality.
Need more? How about a 10% discount to CCRA members?
(FYI: The discount may not be combined with other sales or discount programs.)
Clean, Safe and Green
Down the Drain? NO!
to say, but too many people treat storm drains as trash cans, causing
litter, pet waste and God-knows-what-else to go directly to our
What to do?
Storm drain markers are a big help, and you can volunteer to place markers in areas where they’re needed near you. Details here.
Need Help Going Solar? Solarize Philly Has Your Back
Residents interested in going solar would do well to ping Solarize Philly,
citywide program launched by the Philadelphia Energy Authority (PEA).
The program looks to make the process of installing solar as easy and
as possible while also supporting solar training. Details here.
Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Tony-Award-Winner “Choir Boy” Comes to Phila
Boy”, the Tony-winning play about a group of boys approaching adulthood
in a prestigious all-Black boys’ prep school – one of whom is gay – is
making its local debut at Philadelphia Theater Company. Opening night
was Feb. 23; details can be found here.
Hoping for a Life more Sweeter?
Picture….warm weather, outdoor events and……concerts! See Grammy Award-
winning R&B singer/songwriter Leon Bridges in his Boundless Tour,
presented by WXPN on August 13th at The Mann. Since his shows usually
sell out fast, get your tickets ASAP here. If you want to know why, click here to sample something Sweeter..
Community News and Events
Haitian Carnival and NOLA Mardi Gras Coming to Town
If it’s grandeur and pageantry you like, then save the date of March 20, as that’s when “Kanavan Ball” lands at the Fillmore.
presentation of WXPN, Kanavan Ball provides non-stop music and dance
amidst festive Haitian-themed décor, food and drink. And oh yes: it’s
for all ages, and it’s FREE (with advance registration).
New Southwest Native Art Exhibit at The Barnes Foundation
you think of the Barnes, you may think of impressionist,
post-impressionist, and modern paintings, but did you know that Native
American art is also an important part of our permanent collection?
Wind, Breath: Southwest Native Art in Community features approximately
100 works, including objects that Dr. Albert C. Barnes collected in New
Mexico in the 1930s and works by contemporary Native American artists.
The exhibition—co-curated by Lucy Fowler Williams, associate
curator-in-charge and Jeremy A. Sabloff Senior Keeper of American
Collections at the Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology,
Philadelphia, and Tony Chavarria (Santa Clara Pueblo), curator of
ethnology at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, Santa Fe—highlights
meaningful connections to the places, life forces, and relationships
that nurture individual and community health and well-being. Uncover the
histories and ideas that Dr. Barnes and other non-Native visitors to
the Southwest in the early 20th century were likely unaware of—histories
and ideas that influenced the lives of Native peoples and continue to
inform the living tradition of Native arts in America.
view at the Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Phila.
PA 19130 Tickets 215-278-7000 Closing date: May 15, 2022. For more
photos and details, click here.
A Fest for Kids and their Families
for kids, aged 9-14, and their families, this first ever Kid Lit event
features author readings, workshops, rare book displays and, of course,
books for your youngin’. It’s on March 12; it’s downtown, and it focuses
on books celebrating community and diversity. For details, READ here.
WashPo Interviews Police Commissioner Outlaw
Post criminal justice reporter Tom Jackman spoke with Police
Commissioner Outlaw about the City’s all-time high rate of homicides in
2021, her plans to reduce gun violence and how to strengthen community
now you’ve likely heard that the Sixers exorcized Ben Simmons by
trading him more or less for James Harden. But for the uninitiated,
who’s James Harden?
first there’s The Beard. Then there’s the fact that he’s a future
Hall-of-Famer with a killer step-back three. He’s such a fashionista
that he’s on the board of Saks. He’s such a momma’s boy that his mother
attends 90% of his games. And – like Ben Simmons – he once dated a
Next Sixer game isn’t until Friday night, but you can read all about The Beard here and now.
Say Grace for Revitalization of Rittenhouse Row
Corie Moscow, Executive Director of Rittenhouse Row, has announced the opening of a new Philadelphia wedding dress showroom, Grace Loves Lace, on the 1700 block of Chestnut Street.
Founded by Australia's Megan Ziems, it has the distinction of designing “the world’s most pinned wedding dress”.
If you’re looking for something unique, shop here.
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.