This week saw the passing of Pop Art pioneer Claes Oldenburg at age 93.
the uninitiated, Oldenburg transformed everyday foods (think ice cream)
and objects (toothpaste) into soft or supersize sculptures, and in the
process influenced both Modern Art and sculpture.
of course, he is known for his 45-foot clothespin near City Hall. No
one who knows Philadelphia doesn’t know the clothespin or, by extension,
Claes Oldenburg, a true Pop Art giant.
Whoops: Printer Error Regarding Your Appeal Letter
It has come to our attention that some of you may have received our Clean, Safe and Green appeal letter with a different outside address due to an error by our printer.
you received one, we sincerely apologize for the confusion. Please
consider donating to our Clean, Safe, and Green efforts by visiting ourwebsite.
CCRA News and Events
Tonight! Concert in Fitler Square
CCRA is sponsoring two Concerts in Fitler Square on two Thursday evenings this summer, on July 21 and August 18.
These events are hosted by Friends of Fitler Square Parkand will feature two local bands. On July 21, (6-8 pm) come out and hear KARAMA, followed by Lewis Brothers Bluegrass Band on August 18.
Follow their Facebook page for details. It’s all part of making
Center City West a better place to live, work and play! This is a collaboration of two of your favorite local nonprofits.
See you there!
CCRA Zoning Committee Meeting
Tuesday, July 26, 7PM
This meeting will be held via Zoom.
be advised that this Zoom meeting will be recorded for future public
viewing. By attending this Zoom meeting, you hereby automatically
consent to being recorded during the meeting, and hereby automatically
consent to the Center City Residents’ Association use of your image and
voice recording for all purposes.
you do not consent to being recorded during this Zoom meeting, please
voice your concern to the host at the beginning of the meeting or do not
join the meeting.
Rollin’ On the (Schuylkill) River with Riverboat Tours
Think you know the Schuylkill? Ha! Bet you don’t!
Let newest CCRA Merchant PartnerSchuylkill Banks Riverboat Tourssettle the bet via one of their fun and educational riverboat tours featuring spectacular views of Philadelphia.
Learn about the past, present, and future of the tidal Schuylkill River and its impact on Philadelphia.
Tours run on select Thursdays and Sundays from May through September.
Private charters are available depending on the operator's schedule.
CCRA members receive 10% off a riverboat tour of the tidal Schuylkill by calling 215-309-5523.
Clean, Safe and Green
spite of a concerted effort by our friends at the Bike Coalition, the
PA Senate Committee amended its Parking Protected Bike Lane bill to
exclude municipalities like Philadelphia. Why? Read here for the details. To find your State Senator, look here.
Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
It’s Official: Black Doctors Row is City’s First Black Historical District
this month the Philadelphia Historical Commission voted unanimously to
designate Christian Street/Black Doctor’s Row as Philly’s first Black
Historical District effective immediately.
proposed historic district spans a six-block stretch of Christian
Street, running from the first street addresses west of South Broad
Street (1412 Christian St. on the south side, and 1419 Christian St. on
the north side) to 20th Street.
Saturday, July 30 from 3-5pm, head over to the Philadelphia Water Works
to hear jazz musicians and social change artists Keisha Hutchins
Hirlinger & Doug Hirlinger Group explore the effects of water: joy,
life, death, sorrow, resilience and love. Between the 30-minute musical
sets, Chef Valerie Erwin of Geechee Girl Rice Cafe will be open, with
food prepared by young, local entrepreneurs of color.
free, multi-faceted installation at the Philadelphia Water Works by the
Philadelphia Jazz Project, called Pool, investigates the role of
segregated public pools in the United States with the goal of a deeper
understanding of the connection between water, social justice and public
health. The exhibit includes rarely-seen archival film footage and
photographs that explore the history and contemporary implications of
segregated swimming in America. Concerts are on select Saturdays. Float here for details.
Community News and Events
Not a Typo: $24M for Airport Bathrooms
part of the 2021 Infrastructure law, 24 Million dollars has been
awarded for upgrades to the bathrooms at Philadelphia Airport, the idea
being to “enhance the guest experience”, according to Philadelphia Division of Aviation Interim CEO Keith Brune.
To get an idea of what $24M buys bathroom-wise, enter here.
Welsh Week Coming to Philly Aug. 27 – Sept. 4
Did you know: 16 signers of the Declaration of Independence were descendants of Wales?
Did you know that Welsh town names include Bala Cynwyd, Bryn Mawr, Lower Gwynedd Township and Tredyffrin Township?
that singers Tom Jones, Shirley Bassey and Bryn Terfel are all Welsh?
That’s just the beginning, as you’ll see when Welsh Week comes to Philly
beginning Aug. 27. Sample the fare here.
Got the Itch for Niche? Book, That Is?
Try these Indie Stores
it’s the summer, but maybe you’re done with beach reads and are looking
for something a little different, a little more discrete. The good news
is that our area is flush with independent bookstores that pretty much
cater to all tastes.
unique and iconic in Philadelphia, Isaiah Zagar has been creating
one-of-a-kind outdoor mosaic works of art on local buildings for
installations are made from pottery shards, broken bottles, jagged
mirror pieces, found objects and a dazzling variety of other components
which, while possibly confusing when first viewed, contain fascinating
images, clever messages, and just plain mind-boggling patterns.
The Magic Garden, his three-story building and garden in the 1000 block of South Street, is a draw for people from all over.
no longer plentiful as before, there still are a few 24-hour diners on
the scene for those occasions when…. well, you know. The tradition lives
Art in the Park
the heat spell passes, take a walk over to Eakins Oval to enjoy some
experimental mural artwork by four up-and-coming Philly muralists.
Sponsored by Streets Dept. Walls, WaWa Welcome America and Mural Arts
Philadelphia, these mini-murals will be on display 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.
Astral Artists - Use promo code "CCRA" to receive a $10 flat rate on all tickets to their virtual concerts.