you believe sports is a metaphor for life or that life is a metaphor
for sports, either way it’s undeniable that ballgames can be a welcome
summer respite from the everyday.
To that end:
·The Phillies ripped off nine straight wins and suddenly find themselves respectably over .500
·The Eagles have added A.J. Brown and Hassan Reddick and now look contender-ish
·Adam Sandler’s new hoop movie “Hustle” is a delight, and Philly-centric to the extreme
·New Flyers’ coach John Tortorella figures not to be dull
·FIFA has awarded our town the World Cup in 2026
Not bad, eh? See you at the Sports Bar!
CCRA News and Events
Playtime in the City
Guest Writer: Marian Robinson
City is a lot more than soaring brick and glass buildings, crowded
sidewalks and closeted space. Smack in the shadow of Philadelphia’s
City Hall, a web of colorful balloons welcomes roller skaters to a large
rink. Others take a walk through a bed of water that rhythmically
erupts with a shower of spray. Still others simply hang out on an
inviting grassy area and sit back and enjoy a cup of coffee.
In observance of the Independence Day holiday, CCRA is closed on Monday, July 4. The office reopens on Tuesday, July 5.
In addition, no trash will be collected on Monday, July 4. Collection resumes on Tuesday, July 5.
Between Furness and Bacon, there was….Cret?
Never heard of him? Don’t fret the Cret. If you’re a Philly architectonic, read CCRA’s Bill West’s blog
about the who, what, where and when of the design iterations of
Rittenhouse Square. And then take a ramble through the park and have a
new appreciation for Cret’s Beaux-Arts influence.
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 hardware
store extraordinaireRittenhouse Hardware.
Rittenhouse Hardware is Your Go-To Happy Place
late Sunday afternoon, you’ve been working on that house project all
weekend long and now you realize you’re flat out of ten-penny nails. Who
ya gonna call? Where ya gonna go?
impersonal, confusing big-box store? NOOO. CCRA Merchant Partner
Rittenhouse Hardware has your back. Truly local at 20th & Pine, they
have been saving the bacon of the DIY crowd for over 15 years. They
truly get it: they carry everything, are way knowledgeable and happy to
And….. CCRA members get a 5% discount on all in-store purchases. (CCRA Membership card must be presented.)
City West faces growing environmental challenges. Climate change makes
the weather warmer and wetter. More frequent storms overwhelm sewer and
stormwater management systems. Additionally, Center City has the highest
rate of air pollution caused by automobile traffic. This is why the
Green Committee was created. What can you do? Get involved! If you have
the time, volunteer. Visit the site here for more information.
Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Pride GUIDE: Philly LGBTQ
Pride month may be ending soon, but LGBTQ life here in town goes 24/7/365.
There are places to explore and things to do. Such as? Find the facts here.
Blackstar Film Festival Begins
Second Decade This Summer
The Blackstar Film Festival kicks off its second decade in August, highlighting and celebrating Black,
Brown and Indigenous voices in filmmaking and media arts. New this
year is a collection of short films from Philly-based filmmakers, made
possible through the Philadelphia Filmmaker Lab. Enjoyable in-person
and online; details here.
Community News and Events
GO-O-O-O-O-AL! Philly Scores 2026 World Cup
Are you ready for some futbol?
Well, you’d better be, because in 2026 the World Cup is coming to town.
Last week FIFA announced that Philadelphia will be one of 16 host cities for the 2026 World Cup.
fans are nothing if not entertaining. It will be Party On, to put it
mildly... Plus, from the Philadelphia Business Journal: "The
local matches in 2026 are expected to draw roughly 500,000 visitors who
will generate a direct spend of $262 million and an overall economic
impact of $460 million to the region. Roughly 3,500 jobs will be created
as a result of the sporting event."
And not for nothing, but the year 2026 also happens to be the 250th Anniversary of 1776. All things considered, you wanna be here.
Block Party! Wawa Welcomes, at UArts
means block parties, and Wawa Welcome America has a big one lined up
for this Saturday at the Kimmel Cultural Campus on the Avenue of the
Arts. There’s every imaginable type of art, food and drink, a 120-foot
slide and yes, a 300-foot zip line across Broad St. (We dare you.) Details partyin’ here.
Parkway Reimagined: You Got Thoughts,
They Got a Survey
You’re probably aware that a makeover of the Ben Franklin Parkway is in the works. If not, read all about it here.
what you may not know is that input from the public is being actively
sought in the form of an online survey, which you are encouraged to
complete and which may be found here.
Catch the fireworks in 2 locations in the city
This Independence holiday, you have the opportunity to watch fireworks show at two locations in the city. Details here.
July 2, 9:00 PM - Pershing’s Own Concert and Waterfront Fireworks at Penn’s Landing
July 4, 9:45 PM - Welcome America Fireworks Spectacular at Eakins Oval in Logan Square.
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.