Thatcher is famously credited with saying “Consensus is the absence of
leadership.” While there is certainly much to recommend in that
sentiment, sometimes absence of leadership is just that.
brings us to Mayor Kenney, who earlier this week now famously said,
“I’ll be happy when I’m not here, when I’m not Mayor and can enjoy some
yes. Having an MIA Mayor certainly goes far in explaining the lack of
responsiveness from City Hall that we at CCRA have decried for years.
Is it time for Hizzoner to check out physically as well as mentally? As in: Resigning?
would arguably be leadership – addition by subtraction – and would
likely provide the added benefit of being met with consensus.
CCRA Started HOW???
back in 1947 there was this inspired notion of converting Rittenhouse
Square into an underground parking garage. You read that right: they
wanted to pave Paradise and put up a parking lot. So what happened?
Watch our mini-moviehere about the Birth of CCRA.
CCRA News and Events
Save the Dates: Fitler Square Concerts
CCRA is sponsoring two Concerts in Fitler Square on two Thursday evenings this summer, July 21 (6 - 8 PM) and August 18 (6:30 - 8:30 PM).
These events are hosted by Friends of Fitler Square Parkand will feature two local bands. On July 21, come out and hear KARAMA, followed by Lewis Brothers Bluegrass Band on August 18.
our 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!
Public Meeting on Broad and Lombard Development
part of the City's Civic Design Review process, CCRA will be hosting a
Zoom meeting to discuss a proposed development at the intersection of
Broad and Lombard Streets. The development team will make a presentation
and answer questions.
The meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 13, 2022 at 6:00 PM EDT. The Zoom link is here.
Attention Neighbors: Be Courteous Where you Leave your Dog’s Poop
curbing your dog, please do not leave the dog bag on top of any
recycling that is waiting to be collected. The City will not collect the
bin if they see it. Please dispose of it properly in the garbage.
CCRA Zoning Committee Meeting
On Tuesday, June 28, CCRA held its monthly meeting.
To view the meeting, visit our YouTube channel here.
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 the
Rittenhouse framing emporiumFrameworks Studio.
Well, for one, the framers are artists themselves, complete with Fine Arts degrees.
For another, there is an active on-site gallery which offers seasonal exhibitions featuring the works of local artists.
And finally, as a CCRA Merchant Partner, FrameWorks offers CCRA members 10% off on all framing.
So please stop by at 21st & Walnut and say hello to FrameWorks!
Clean, Safe and Green
Council Bill Aims to Up the City’s Tree Cover
to increase the City’s tree cover got a boost last week when City
Council approved a bill that would charge developers a fee for trees
they remove which they do not replace. Sponsored by Councilwoman
Katherine Gilmore Richardson, the bill
existing requirements for preserving and planting trees, the idea being
to increase the City’s tree cover from its current 20% to 30% within 30
years. Details can be found here.
the Hidden River on a fun and educational riverboat tour while seeing
spectacular views of Philadelphia. Learn about the past, present, and
future of the tidal Schuylkill River and its impact on Philadelphia on a
one-hour Secrets of the Schuylkill tour -- tickets are $25/adult and
$15/child age 12 and under. Pricing does not include taxes or fees.
Tours run on select Thursdays and Sundays through September. Get the
Cool! Brew and Pop Up Snow Shower
snow shower seems like just the ticket right now. Seriously. At the
Rothman Rink this Saturday, roll on over and find Santa on skates, and
even take a break to snap some photos with kids. Fun crafts,
holiday-inspired snacks and a pop-up snow shower. Details here.
One Love, Many Beers at “Reggae by the River”
The Back-to-Work thing got you down? No Worries!
Hey Mon, join the fun when the East
Falls popup Beer Garden presents "Reggae by the River" every third
Thursday where they show their "Inner Luv" with music, food trucks and
fret if you’re not escaping the city for the shore this weekend. Let
the neighbors be off! All the easier for you to get the bargains at Flea Philly. The action comes to Race Street Pierthis Saturday, July 8, bringing purveyors of antiques, collectibles, vintage jewelry & clothing, glassware, art work, and so much more.
Perfect in so many ways: reusing stuff, finding something funky, and supporting local vendors.
And….clouds predicted for the shore.
35th Annual Cycle the Ben Franklin Bridge to the Shore
Schuylkill River Trail getting a bit boring by now? Up one side; down
the other. Falls Bridge in between? On Sunday, July 24th, switch
bridges! Start your bike ride at the Ben Franklin and don’t stop until
you see ocean. Shorter options also available. This iconic ride only
happens once a year, so start training now, and register here if you’re up to the challenge.
Foodie Alert: A Guide to Local Farmers’ Markets
Just because we live in a big city doesn’t mean we don’t have access to bountiful farmers’ markets. Au contraire;
there are more than you likely know. To break it all down for you is
“10+ Farmers Markets In & Around Philly”, courtesy Irene Levy Baker,
author of “100 Things To Do In Philadelphia” and “Unique Eats &
Eateries of Philadelphia”. You can dig in here.
Music from the Tips of Their Fingers
with renowned professors and concert pianists who’ve traveled from
across the country to join Ching-Yun Hu for this year's PYPA Piano
Festival, taking place right off Rittenhouse Square, at theAcademy of Vocal Arts. If you’ve never been in this architectural gem, you gotta go for that alone!
Hu, a renowned concert pianist, founded the Academy to help young Philadelphia artists achieve their dreams of becoming professional pianists. The
festival is organized by Philadelphia’s Young Pianists Academy (PYPA)
and it runs from 7/30-8/7. Choose among nine world-class concerts, 125
hours of master classes, seven lectures and open forums, and the
Philadelphia International Piano Competition, For tickets and info,
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.