Much to be said about all of this, obvi, but here’s one take.
We’re still functioning.
Stuff is getting done.
People are living their lives.
Babies are being born.
Elections are happening.
For all the sturm und drang, the people of the United States – and the United States itself – have both proved remarkably resilient.
Resilience: Now THAT is a virtue worth signaling.
CCRA News and Events
A New Eds and Meds Building for Philly
Tuesday, May 10th, CCRA hosted Tishman Speyer and Breakthrough
Properties for a public presentation of the new development at 2300
Market Street. Intended as a science and biotechnology center, the
building spans the entire block of 2300 Market Street while maintaining
and restoring the original façades. CCRA had previously negotiated and
signed a Community Benefits Agreement for a separate intended project at
the same location. Due to the changing nature of the projects, CCRA
agreed to vacate the original Community Benefits Agreement while
negotiating a new similar agreement. The new Community Benefits
Agreement will be posted on our website as soon as it is available. The
full presentation can be viewed on CCRA’s YouTube page.
JEDI Task Force Neighborhood Outreach - Help Wanted!
JEDI Task Force (Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion) submitted
its report to the Board, setting out its accomplishments to date as well
as its goals for the future.
One major initiative -- a Zoom-based series with Hugh Taft-Morales of the Philadelphia Ethical Society called Sense in the City
– offered members an opportunity to discuss different aspects of
community as well as biases in treatment that we all encounter. The
four topics included: 1) Public Spaces and Thoroughfares; 2) Equity,
Public Schools and Democracy; 3) Homelessness and Humanity; and 4) Fear
and Street Crime.
initiatives and future plans include working closely with Freire Public
School, especially providing mentorships and volunteers to supplement
educational opportunities. The task force is also discussing initiating a
member-based Participatory Private Equity Social Capital Fund to help
minority businesses establish themselves in our neighborhood.
· Is it important that Center City West be an enjoyable and safe place for you and your family to live and work?
· Would you like to meet interesting and fun neighbors?
Then think about joining the CCRA Board!
is looking to fill several Board seats for our fiscal year beginning
July 1, 2022. Board members generally serve a term of 3 years. The
Board is a working Board. We are seeking CCRA members who have a
passion for living in “CCRAville;” are interested in issues of quality
of life and community service; and are committed to active Board
participation. Successful candidates must serve on at least one
committee and agree to fulfill the responsibilities set forth in our
Board Pledge, which includes devoting at least four hours per month on
CCRA activities, not including time spent attending, and preparing for,
monthly Board meetings. Click for fullBoard Pledge and List of Committees.
members are encouraged to forward a statement of interest that includes
a summary of qualifications, as well as a resume or bio, by Tuesday.,
May 31 to: email@example.com,
with "Board Candidate" in the subject line. (We also welcome your
suggestion of any individual who resides in CCRAville who you believe
would be an asset to the Board. Be sure to include their email address
and/or phone number.)
Zoning Committee Looking for New Members
Do you care about how our neighborhood develops? The CCRA Zoning Committee is recruiting new members. Responsibilities include:
attending one meeting a month and a sincere interest in how Center City
develops. If interested, please send your name, email, and resume to CCRA by May 16.
75th Anniversary Sold Out!!
to all our members, sponsors and friends for supporting CCRA’s 75th
Anniversary Celebration on June 1, 2022. Sadly, space is very limited,
and we are now “officially” sold out for both events (the Prelude and
the Celebration). However, oftentimes some ticket holders are unable to
attend and we may have last minute availability.
If you haven’t purchased your tickets yet, you can jump onto the wait list by emailing CCRA
with your name, which event you are interested in attending, how many
tickets you need and your phone number. We’ll be in touch should
tickets become available. First come, first served.
Shopping at Di Bruno's Bros.?
Bring Your Membership Card!
the pandemic, Merchant Partner Rittenhouse Di Bruno's Bros. kindly
relaxed their rule with regard to showing your membership card.
Starting June 1, all CCRA members will need to show their membership
card - whether it's your physical or electronic card - in order to
receive the 10% discount in their store and their restaurant,
Alimentari, located on the 2nd floor.
your membership is active, your membership card is readily available on
the CCRA website. Just log into your account and you will see your
card. If you need your card physically mailed to you, please let Managing Director, Travis Oliverknow.
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 classical music programAstral Artists.
The Kids Are All Right at Astral Artists
It’s not every city that has the good fortune to have an outfit likeAstral Artists
in its backyard. A non-profit intensive mentoring program, for 30 years
Astral has specialized in developing the early careers of talented
young classical musicians. Distinguished alumni include guitarist Jason
Vieaux, bass-baritone Eric Owens, pianist Simone Dinnerstein and the
string trio Time for Three.
good news for locals is the “Astral in Concert” series, its public
programming arm that introduces Philadelphians to some of the most
extraordinary young musicians anywhere.
How great it is to get to know future stars “when”.
For CCRA members it gets even better: a $10 discount on any performance (currently virtual). Please use promo code “CCRA”.
Clean, Safe and Green
Tending to Our Tree Canopy
year, CCRA’s Green Task Force became the Green Committee, a standing
CCRA committee. A number of its initiatives address the challenges of
stormwater management and decreasing tree canopy in our catchment area.
1. Increasing our neighborhood's tree canopy by partnering with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS).
Tenders: This year the neighborhood PHS Tender group (previously known
as the Friends of Schuylkill River Park Tree Tenders) found a new home
in CCRA. Now known as the CCRA Green Tree Tenders, the group solicits
applications for biannual plantings of free street trees and has
organized a pruning club to prune young trees. Donations made to the
group are held in a restricted fund to be used for street tree planting
Pit survey:We conducted a comprehensive survey of all potential tree
planting sites in the residential portion of our neighborhood. It
resulted in two sets of letters to property owners soliciting
applications for street trees. In the fall, 110 letters led to
applications for 19 trees, 15 of which were approved, including 10 in
front of rental properties. The spring mailing of 100 letters has
resulted in applications for 13 trees thus far. We need to continue to
identify opportunities for tree planting to increase our tree canopy
from its present level of 12 percent to an ideal of 30 percent.
property owner engagement: We engaged large property owners within the
CCRA footprint to persuade them to plant street trees and/or adopt
better stormwater management practices.
have had conversations with Parkway Corporation, Allan Domb Real Estate
and PECO. So far, the most fruitful was with the Allan Domb Group,
which has applied for four trees at two of its properties for the fall
planting and is examining the remainder of its properties for additional
opportunities.We continue to work with PECO to identify stormwater
management/street tree opportunities at its headquarters on Market
Tired of asking the kids: What do you want to do this summer? And getting I don’t know as the response? Ask no more! There’s now an online guide to2022 Philadelphia Summer Camps. What type? You name it: Art, Sports, Academic, Residential, Specialty.
Now….how about your vacation?
Cross with More Confidence
walked by the crosswalk on 20th by St. Patricks, and the black plastic
shrouds have been removed from the now unveiled actuator buttons.
Pushing one of them - the lights lit.
We all can cross a little more confidently now (trust but verify?).
Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Dig the African Vibe? Then head to ODUNDE!
June 12 marks Odunde, the largest African-American street festival held
in the country, covering 15 city blocks and featuring two stages of
live entertainment. Its eclectic mix of vendors, entertainment, music,
food, jewelry and African art are highlighted by a colorful procession
from 23rd and South Street Sts. to the Schuylkill River, where an
offering of fruit and flowers is made. Check out the festivities here.
quite the same, in this sorta post pandemic city. But slowly, keystones
of life are returning. Including Philly Pride….except, it’s different!
Call it “reimagined”.
The newly-formed PHL Pride Collective released plans for Philly’s new Pride
this week.“PHL Pride 50: Our Community, Our Joy” which will kick off on
Friday, June 3. This year’s events will honor Pride’s roots in activism
over the past 50 years: On Sunday, June 5th, there will be a march, not
a parade; no floats, cars, fees of entry, or registration to join is
needed. Come one, come all. For details, march here.
PHL Pride Collective volunteers. (Courtesy of PHL Pride Collective)
Panel Discussion - The Asian/Pacific Islander Experience in Philadelphia
you love to sit, walk through, chill out on a blanket in Rittenhouse
Square, aka Center City’s communal backyard? Although it’s free to use,
it does cost beaucoup bucks to maintain. And here’s an invitation to a
party that will help pay for your lounging rights.
a festive outdoor June 16 garden dinner party featuring a mix of
gourmet dining, drinks, dancing, and entertainment. To learn more, mix
and mingle here.
Soon, Come June: SIPS Wednesdays are Back!
Pass the word, pass the hors d’oeuvres: June 1 marks the return of SIPS Wednesdays!
that means: for the first time since Covid, participating locations
will offer $6 cocktails, $5 wine and $4 beer every Wednesday from 4:30 -
7 p.m. through August 31.
this: in addition to standard SIPS specials, select boutiques, spas and
local shops will participate in SIPS Style, a weekly discount program
that will offer 25% off select items and services on Wednesdays
throughout the season.
To view a list of participating bars and restaurants, click here.
Strike Up the Band to Celebrate a Grammy!
may recall that last month the Philadelphia Orchestra won a Grammy
Award for its recording of Florence Price’s First and Third Symphonies.
celebrate both the extraordinary work of Florence Price and the
Orchestra’s first-ever Grammy win, on both May 11 and May 18 the
Orchestra is offering a free online encore performance of Price’s
powerful Symphony No. 3 on the Digital Stage.
95 years old and better than ever? The 95th Annual Rittenhouse Square
Fine Art Show. Arriving via trucks to tents, the show moves in here
from June 3 through June 5.
back to 1928, the Fine Arts Show was founded by artists and is run by a
committee of artists today. It’s the oldest outdoor art show in the
country. And it’s around your corner. Check out the details here.
What’s the Line on 21st St About? Donuts, Of Course!
we shunning our love of Federal Donuts? Replacing them with Japanese
glutinous rice? From the line outside Mochi Ring Donuts, say it ain’t
What is the difference between a mochi donut and a regular donut?
donuts are made with all-purpose flour, which makes a denser dough.
Mochi donuts are made with tapioca starch or glutinous rice flour, which
yields a much softer and stretchy dough.
What’s ever in them, judging from the line outside, they must be delicious! Whet your taste buds here.
Don’t be Square, Go to the SOSNA Triangle!
not sure if the SOSNA Triangle is Isosceles or Scalene, but what we do
know is that it will be the site of the yearly Plazapalooza this
Saturday, and also the site of weekly live local music every Thursday
evening throughout the summer.
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.