Well, that was fun, wasn’t it? That last mask mandate? Even CNN+ lasted longer.
potshots aside, it raises serious questions, like: How can this
happen? How can the only major US city to reinstate a mask mandate
summarily rescind it 72 hours later? What does that say about the
decision-making process? And how credibly will future proclamations
from the Health Dept. be received?
Come on, City. This is serious stuff. After two years of a pandemic we’re in no mood.
We deserve better. Much better.
Members - Celebrate Yourselves!
of Center City West have carried on the tradition of their forebearers
in supporting our community-based volunteer neighborhood association.
Founded to preserve Rittenhouse Square, our members have dedicated years
of service and treasure striving to preserve the “feel” of living in a
mélange of low rises, high rises, parks, schools, shops and restaurants.
How have they done it? They speak up to insist buildings fit the
neighborhood; they generously contribute to keep the sidewalks clean;
they speak truth to power in choosing their representatives to City
Hall; they grow food at the community garden to share with those who are
food insecure; they shop and eat locally to ensure the survival of
local mom-and-pop businesses.
celebrate our neighborhood at CCRA’s 75th Anniversary Celebration of
Center City Living, tipping your hat as you dine, drink and sway to the
music of the jazz greats. Then claim your reward - a chique swag bag
filled with neighborhood goodies. We are almost sold out, so buy your
Wednesday, June 1, right here in the neighborhood (of course!). Details here.
CCRA News and Events
CCRA V.P. to Help Review Police Dept.
CCRA is excited to report that Richard Speizman, Executive Vice President of CCRA has been appointed to the Controller's Community Advisory and Accountability Council.
The Council is tasked to support the Controller Office’s review of the
Philadelphia Police Department. Rick was chosen, along with other
community leaders, religious leaders, and residents.
the Police Department serves a vital role in the City and it also
receives a great deal of funding from the City's taxpayers, it makes
sense to ensure that the Department's human and financial resources are
being used as effectively as possible. Rick looks forward to working
with his fellow Community Council members and the Controller's Office on
this important task.
addition to his role at CCRA, Rick serves on other boards, and, prior
to retiring, was a partner in a "Big Four" accounting firm. We know he
will be an asset to the Council and our neighborhood.
Meet the Candidates for Our State House Seat
Center City Residents Association (CCRA) and the South of South
Neighborhood Association (SOSNA) will be hosting a public forum,
spotlighting the candidates running for the 182nd state house district,
which includes most of CCRA’s catchment.
will be your chance to hear from the candidates and have them answer
questions that you submit! The public forum will occur:
The next zoning meeting is scheduled for, Tuesday May 24, at 7pm, via Zoom.
22 Planters for 2022!
you notice that our neighborhood is a little greener? Last Saturday
the CCRA Green Tree Tenders and 22 area volunteers planted 15 new street
trees, among them two kinds of oaks, honey locusts and a Kentucky
coffeetree. Because many of the holes in our canopy front rental
properties, we are especially grateful to AMC Delancey, Solo Realty and
PMC Property Group whose properties account for ten of the new trees.
Be sure to check out the five new trees on the 2000 block of South
Street in front of Liberty View Apartments!
Green volunteers donned safety vests with a new CCRA Green logo. A big
shout-out to Katie Kaulbach, whose Central High School club, “Design
Inspired by Sustainability and Climate Change,” developed the logo.
for completion in August 2022, the Laurel Rittenhouse is one of the
most anticipated projects in Philadelphia. With its facade nearly
complete and two historic buildings preserved within its design, the
Laurel demonstrates the successful collaboration between its developer
(Southern Land) and CCRA on behalf of the neighborhood. Countless
meetings resulted in changing a facade more appropriate to Miami Beach
to a stellar beacon that will include affordable veterans’ housing and
street-level retail for all to enjoy. Readhereto find out why the neighbors burst into applause at the conclusion of the design presentation.
If you’re a construction junkie, readhereto follow the nuts and bolts of the structure.
The Laurel Rittenhouse in the Philadelphia skyline from the Walt Whitman Bridge. Photo by Thomas Koloski.
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 spotlight Center
City framer extraordinaireUrsula Hobson Fine Art Framing.
Get Your Art to Ursula Hobson
you’ve got this beautiful, to-die-for painting/drawing/etching that
demands proper framing. Are you man or woman enough to handle it on
so, bully for you. But if you’re like the rest of us, you’ll need to
reach out to a pro, and there’s no one more pro about framing than
knowledge of art and framing is unsurpassed, be it material, color,
finish or design. Likewise her technique. Pardon the pun, but she
totally nails it. And she’s a true aesthetic as well; she knows what
looks both appropriate and great.
So whether it’s an original, a print or something else, you owe it to the artwork to take it toUrsula Hobson Fine Art Framing. And this: CCRA Members receive a 10% Frequent Framer discount. (P.S. Call for appointment.)
Clean, Safe and Green
Ethical Society Climate Justice Roundtable
Ethical Culture Leader Hugh Taft-Morales for a brief presentation and
informal discussion on climate justice in Philadelphia. How can we
simultaneously battle climate change and raise the standard of living
for the most impoverished areas of our city? (In-person at 1906
Rittenhouse and onZoom.)
Monday, May 2, 5:30 PM
Run the Rivers
Schuylkill River isn’t the only river to run, bike or walk in Philly.
Folks, the Delaware River Trail Dedication just might tempt us to cross
over Broad Street to Center City East! If you want to be part of the
trail’s inauguration on Friday night, jog over to here.
When’s the Next Bus Coming?
Glad You Asked!
other day I was walking by the bus shelter at 18th and Chestnut and my
eye was caught by something I hadn't seen before. There on the panel
with the big electronic ad, just above the ad, there was… a bus arrival
clock. (Sometimes called a countdown clock.)
things have been around for a while - I remember seeing them in Paris
more than a decade ago - but seeing one in Philly was a very pleasant
turns out that the arrival clock at 18th and Chestnut is not alone. The
ever-reliable Billy Penn website tells me that Philly is getting sixty
of them - and that's just for starters.
Philadelphia Police Department has hired Leslie Marant, its first
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion officer. Ms. Marant is a former chief of
staff for Universal education company as well as the former chief
counsel to the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission. Details here.
Jacqueline Romero Nominated for PA Eastern District US Attorney
Biden has nominated Jacqueline Romero to be the new US Attorney
Overseeing the Eastern District of PA. Currently the Eastern District
U.S. Attorney, if confirmed, Ms. Romero would be the first woman of
color to ever hold the post.
The Pew Charitable Trust recently released a study of the City two years into the pandemic.
Among the highlights:
·Over 300,000 Covid cases, over 5,000 deaths since March 2020
·Unemployment dropped back to its pre-pandemic rate of 5.8%
·2021 population dropped 1.7%, reversing increases since 2007
Full study analysis and the study itself can be found here.
Family Fun at Penn Arts
Sunday May 1, pack up the kiddies, the sunscreen and your inner child
and wander over the bridge to the Penn Live Arts Philadelphia Childrens’
Festival. Gather ‘round to see Kalabante, described as “traditional
African music and dance meet modern circus”; watch Amazing Max the
magician, and listen to a concert by the beloved local music duo Lolly
& YoYo. Take your playmate here.
Celebrate Markward Rec Center Reopening
Friends of Schuylkill River Park presents the Spring Opener at Markward Playground. Philly favorite Mister John's music will be leading kids and adults in a sing-along celebration. Then, PHL Good Music LIL’ JAWNS
will share the feel good melodies, infectious rhythms, and meaningful
messages within Black American Music in an interactive experience for
the whole family. Check out the new Markward Community Plan and the
reopened Rec Center! Free event open to the public. Details 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.