the world looks on in horror and distress at the pictures coming out of
Ukraine, the tenacity and courage of the Ukrainian people remain
something to behold.
Putin has clearly underestimated Ukraine’s resistance and resolve, and
may have overestimated the effectiveness of his own military as well.
Ukranians are suffering mightily. Please give serious consideration to
helping any way you can. A good place to start ishere.
Putin may yet prevail, and Volodymyr Zelensky’s future may well be that
of a martyr, but the Ukrainian people have shown the world what it
means to fight for freedom, and for that they richly deserve our help.
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. She will also detail new works created by
Mural Arts and discuss potential new partnerships. All members are
invited to hear the presentation. The meeting will be in person and on
zoom. The meeting location is at WeWork, 1900 Market St, 8th Floor. If
you would like to attend in person or via Zoom, please contact Travis Oliver. Mask-wearing is optional, but you must bring your proof of vaccination.
"Industrious Light: Baldwin Locomotive Works" at 20th near Hamilton
Sense in the City - Fear and Crime
next Sense in the City conversation is scheduled via Zoom for March 9th
at 12 noon, and it focuses on Fear and Street Crime. Questions for
discussion: 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?
It is free and open to all. For more info or to register, navigate here.
All Clear! City Ends its Indoor Mask Mandate
indoor mask requirement was lifted on Wednesday, at least for the time
being, after federal health officials suggested that people in locations
with metrics like Philly no longer need to wear masks. Click here to read the details of the good news.
officials have stated that if a new variation appears or Philadelphia
has another surge, requirements such as the mask requirement and proof
of vaccination to eat indoors may be reinstated.
Businesses can still impose COVID safeguards, such as requiring proof of vaccination or mask use.
School Days with Masks Optional?
like the School District is leaning toward making the mask mandate
optional, as of March 9. For updated information about the mandate and
to find out how to get more free Covid tests delivered to your home, go here.
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 feature Rittenhouse
stalwartBakeshop on 20th.
and news reports have shown us the agony of those thrust into sudden
refugee status as the Ukraine attempts to fend off the Russian bear.
Last month, we highlighted how to help Afghan refugees here in
Philadelphia. As we count our blessings, this month we ask you to
consider donating items or funds to help those struggling in or who have
fled the Ukraine. Click here for places to donate funds. Go here to pack up a box of necessities for Ukrainian families.
Women’s History Month: Keepin’ It Local
To state the obvious, there are countless ways to celebrate Women’s History Month. The events truly span the globe.
But why not closer to home? From museum exhibits to film screenings to special events, Philly is going all out.
on the heels of “Abbott Elementary”, ABC has ordered a pilot for a
drama series about a therapy practice in Philadelphia. As yet untitled,
the series would be written by Kay Oyegun (“This Is Us”) and would
follow five therapists who find creative ways to treat their patients
while dealing with their own personal issues.
either by choice or forced, continues to define the experiences of
thousands of people each year. We read the news, but the individual
stories behind the headlines often go untold. Penn Live (and virtually)
offers several films that delve into the individual stories, giving us
depth and meaning behind the headlines. Click here for titles, descriptions and dates.
Back on the Boards: Philly’s Live Theater
you’ve been holding off on a night at the theater your time might be
now, what with pandemic restrictions being lifted and a surfeit of
quality theater in town.
name but a few: the Tony-winning “Choir Boy”, Marsha Norman’s “’Night,
Mother” and yes, a Golden Girls Murder Mystery. For all that and more,
Exploring 18 Reasons to Read Ulysses
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield. Obviously, Tennyson explored 18 Reasons to Read Ulysses. Click here to follow in his footsteps to the Rosenbach Museum’s (on Delancey Place) Bloomsday Festival and its supporting events.
City Opts for ‘Hybrid’ Design for Washington Avenue
much study and a last-minute reversal, the City’s Office of
Transportation, Infrastructure and Sustainability (OTIS) has selected a
hybrid plan for the stretch of Washington Ave. running from Grays Ferry
Ave. to 4th Street.
to the plan, four blocks will remain at their current width of five
lanes, eight blocks will narrow to four lanes and ten blocks will narrow
to three lanes. Crossing distances will shrink from their current 50
feet to either 33 or 40 feet.
Construction could begin as early as this summer. Details here.
Whither Center City Retail?
full years into the era of remote work, is Center City retail
rebounding, or is it on the verge of collapse? The numbers are not
to the Center City District, foot traffic in Center City is down fully
38% from 2019. This is almost entirely due to workers going remote, a
trend which is clearly here to stay, and one which has been challenging
to much downtown retail. Anecdotally, a stroll down the 1700 block of
shopping mecca Walnut Street reveals quite a few currently unoccupied
the current status quo is here to stay is open to debate. Much
discussion and detail can be found in the online magazine Slatehere.
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.