On the one hand: a seeming lull in Covid, plus it’s now Spring in all its glory.
On the other hand: Ukraine, in all its horror.
How to process? How to proceed?
According to many psychologists, it’s not an either/or binary choice. Rather, it’s most healthy handled via compartmentalizing.
while yes, Ukraine is horrific right now, the pain and misery
undeniable, at the same time life is to be lived, meaning that at times
like this it’s critical to cultivate moments of joy and fulfillment
while remaining aware of the pain and suffering.
So whatever your thing is, do it. Do several. Find the joy, find the spontaneity, find the escape.
It’s a wonderful time to be in Center City. Go Explore.
George Productions is returning to Center City West from March 28 to
March 30 to film scenes for the 4th season of “Servant”. They will be
filming on the 2100 block of Spruce St. If you live on this block, you
will need to remove your car by March 27. Other tangential blocks may be
affected, as well. For more information, click here.
A Message to our Household, Patron, Angel, and Legend Members
have begun to add separate membership accounts to your primary
membership profile so that your other household members can receive
their own cards. You can check to see if you included your household
members (up to 4) by logging into your account. If you are unsure if you
included your additional members, or have further questions, please
notify Managing Director Travis Oliver and he will assist you. As a reminder, each additional member must live in the household of the primary member.
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 fave
Rittenhouse eaterySeafood Unlimited.
People in the Know go to Seafood Unlimited
all the great dining options in Center City it can be difficult to know
which to choose. But if you’re looking for great seafood, it’s a
no-brainer:Seafood Unlimited on S. 20th St.
over 45 years Seafood Unlimited has served both locals and
out-of-towners in their sleek, casual setting. Their fresh,
delivered-daily fare is from everywhere: we’re talking sea scallops,
jumbo shrimp, ahi tuna, branzino, crab cakes, lobsters and arctic
char. And do NOT forget to leave room for the home-made desserts: key
lime pie, chocolate mousse and carrot cake.
Judi Einhorn puts their philosophy this way: “Understand the
neighborhood and you’ll understand the product you need to
provide”. Well, they can check that box. And speaking of the
neighborhood, CCRA members receive a complimentary tasting of their
So the next time you get a hankering for something from under the sea, sail on over toSeafood Unlimited.
Clean, Safe and Green
Guiltless Bagels, Pizza and Beer? Where? Right Here!
How can you help get new backboards and rims?
bagels, pizza and beer at Spread Bagelry, Cozette Pizza and Workhorse
SRT (2401 Walnut Street) on April 1st. A portion of all proceeds that
day will go to support new backboards and rims in the Schuylkill River
Friends of Schuylkill River Park are working to raise money in the
month of March for much needed basketball court rim and backboard
repairs. Contribute to the cause via PayPal or by mailing checks to: FSRP, P.0. Box 30246, 2037 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103. For info on FSRP, travel here.
CCRA Leads Voter Registration Drive at Local School
Friday, March 25, 2022, CCRA volunteers will be registering eligible
students, faculty and staff at Freire Charter School to vote.
Registering to vote is a vital step in the process of democracy--the
only thing more important is actually VOTING. In order to vote in the
May 17, 2022 primary, voters must be registered by May 2, 2022.
voter registration drive is being conducted under the banner of CCRA's
JEDI (justice, equity, diversity and inclusion) committee. This is the
first activity undertaken with Freire Charter School. Planned future
activities include Writing Lab support, Chess Club Coaching, and
Supplementing the Economics/American Government curriculum.
Charter School, located at 2027 Chestnut Street, has been in CCRA's
neighborhood since 2003. Freire Charter School offers a rigorous
college-prep education focused on social justice, self-actualization and
academic excellence. Since their opening, they have developed a strong
track record of academic achievement with a student body consisting of
almost 100% black and brown teenagers from West, North and Southwest
Philadelphia, most from single-parent households.
· Freire High School’s graduating class of 2021 earned an average of over $50,000 per student in scholarships and financial aid offers for college.
· 83% of the Freire High School Class of 2021 were accepted to college.
· 92% of college-attending Freire Schools graduates persist to their second year of college, compared to just 73% nationwide
Through our involvement, CCRA hopes to help these students achieve even more.
Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
The Celebrations Continue for Women’s History Month
Philly’s a great place to observe Women’s History Month.
There’s Harriet Tubman’s journey, there’s Women’s Artistic Networks and yes, there’s the Badass Women’s History Tour. Details here.
Letters to the Editor
occasion, This Week receives letters from our readers complaining about
an article we published, City Hall antics, the quality of life in
city, and more. After due consideration, we have decided to publish the
below letter, as it raises important issues about current public
matters that may potentially affect the quality of life in Center
City. This letter does not represent the opinion of CCRA. Please follow
the links provided to evaluate the facts and form your own
opinions. CCRA encourages all readers to send in letters to the
editor. CCRA reserves the right to publish any letter we receive, or not
publish it. If we edit it, we will contact you for permission to
publish the edited version prior to publication. Any published letter
represents the opinion of the writer and not the opinion of CCRA.
A Letter to the Editor about the New Streeteries Law and Regs
I read it, the law sets the maximum streetery width at 6 feet from the
curbstone a standard that many existing streeteries cannot meet. The
new law allows streeteries only where there are parking spots, but not
in traffic or bike lanes (unless the entire street is shut). All
streetery structures must conform to the building code, but also be
removable within 48 hours. Streeteries must have crash-proof barriers
around them, e.g., jersey barriers. The number of streetery seats is
limited to the number of inside seats.
regulations – all 17 pages of them – are especially challenging to
smaller streeteries. The $200 annual fee is upped with an additional
annual fee of $2,200 (regardless of operation size). The operator must
have $1,000,000 insurance policy covering it and the City
and must post a $60,000 bond to cover the City if it has to remove a
streetery. The operator must obtain approval from the Art Commission
for their streetery. Streeteries must not be within 20 feet of a cross
walk. Manholes and catch basins get 5 feet clearance (even if the
manhole is in a traffic lane). Propane heaters are banned. Electric
cables must be run underground, not overhead. The regs define a
crash-proof barrier as a water-filled jersey barrier, 18 inches thick,
three feet high and six feet long.
new law legalizes two top tables in the gutter flanked with bright
orange jersey barriers. This is not what we’ve had over the past two
years. I fear everything we’re used to now — from Ambrosia and Cotoletta
to Parc to Bonners Pub — may not be in compliance with the new law.
The apparent public sentiment, though, is for extending an urban amenity
that we’ve enjoyed for the past two years now that the City is getting
its groove back. But there may be good reasons that public sentiment is
wrong. If our elected representatives want to end streeteries now that
their original justification – the covid pandemic – is subsiding,
that’s a policy choice they can make and answer for. A law making
streeteries impossible as a practical matter is not a law legalizing
Charles Goodwin, Past President, CCRA
Community News and Events
Jazz for Squares. Rittenhouse Squares.
jazz is your jam – or even if it isn’t – you’re gonna wanna hoof it to
the Square at 4pm on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays starting May 20,
as Drew Nugent and the Midnight Society will be performing memorable
tunes from the songbook of classic jazz with a specific focus on the
Philadelphia style of the 1920s and 30s.
Kenyatta Johnson’s federal bribery trial began this week. Johnson
stands accused of two counts of wire fraud relating to alleged real
estate dealings. Details here.
Pony Up: Polo Comes to Fairmount Park
here’s a first: polo matches in Fairmount Park. On Sept. 24, the first
inaugural Philadelphia Polo Classic will take place. Not only that, but
it’s organized by Work to Ride, an organization that introduces
under-resourced kids to horseback riding and equestrian sports. Details here.
Bounceback: Center City Retail Recovering
The one-two punch of Covid and rioting laid the Center City retail economy low:
34.3 of Center City District stores were shuttered in June of 2020.
Now, nearly two years later? 2.4%.
That’s the results of a recent study by the Center City District. Details here.
Bro’s and Brews: Barstool Sports Arrives on Sansom St.
It’s Game On at 1213 Sansom St., a/k/a the home of the new Barstool Sports sports bar.
popular with college students, Barstool Sports is providing a venue for
game-watching and virtual gambling. Quaff the details here.
Is This a Love Knot…..Or Not?
you hop on the bridge to Jersey, check out the new Weaver’s Knot: Sheet
Bend Sculpture, commissioned by the City and the Delaware River
Waterfront Corporation, now being installed near the Ben Franklin
Bridge. Situated between the Cherry Street Pier and the Race Street
Pier, the sculpture is designed as a tribute to historic uses of the
waterfront for both the textile industry and sailing vessels. Find the
loose ends here..
Travel Down the Silk Road Without Leaving Town
Wednesday, March 30th from 6:30-9 PM, you’re invited to a panel
discussion about both the old and modern Silk Road. One of our local
professors of International Business at Drexel will be part of the
panel. Hear stories of trade, tea, coca, tobacco, cotton, whisky, and of
course, Marco Polo (1254–1324) and learn how people from that culture
have affected city life in Philadelphia. Following the panel discussion,
share conversation, refreshments, and listen to live jazz.
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.