First there was the invasion of the ATV’s and the dirt bikes.
Then there were the shootings that left three people dead.
And now Jim’s Steaks goes up in flames.
South Street isn’t just any Philadelphia avenue.
It’s special, it’s historic, and it needs our help.
So: Patronize, Patronize, Patronize. Show the Love.
It deserves no less.
CCRA News and Events
Two Wins for the Neighborhood
are pleased to report the very positive reception from the Civic Design
Review process on two major new projects in Center City West. (The
process and the projects were described in a special edition ofCCRA This Week.)
Life Sciences building proposed by Breakthrough Properties at 2300
Market, which preserves two historic buildings and has a handsome
overbuild, was unanimously approved on Tuesday, August 2. Among the
reactions from the members of the CDR was enthusiastic support for
CCRA’s ongoing effort to engage Center City developers in constructive
negotiations resulting in favorable Community Benefits Agreements
covering a wide range of topics of interest to the neighbors and the
broader community. We were able to agree on an exciting new design for
the project, an enhanced green environment and a pedestrian-friendly
approach which goes far in reanimating that block of Market Street,
together with quantifiable minority hiring and employment goals.
few minutes following that presentation, the residential project at
Broad and Lombard, proposed by the Goldenberg Group, was also
well-received by the CDR members. The new tower is handsome and sleek
and fits well adjacent to the historic property which is part of the
project and is being left undisturbed but is incorporated into the
overall scheme. A similar CBA is expected to be presented to the CCRA
Executive Committee for its approval next Tuesday. Kudos to all CCRA
members who worked on these projects…your efforts result in ongoing
dividends to the community as post-pandemic growth ramps up in Center
Public Zoning Committee Meeting
CCRA held its monthly zoning committee meeting on Tuesday, July 26. If you would like to watch the meeting, visit ourYouTubechannel. If you would like to review the report, click here. The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug 23, 7pm, via Zoom.
CCRA MERCHANT PARTNER SPOTLIGHT
12th St. Catering Joins CCRA!
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 new
Merchant Partner 12th Street Catering.
We are excited to introduce our new merchant partner!
over four decades, the 12th Street Catering team has created beautiful
events for Philadelphians in places ranging from private homes to
landmark venues, for groups ranging in size from ten to thousands.
a full-service event, they can manage every detail on the table
— they’ll create a menu just for you, and they’ll provide delicious
food, professional service and stunning décor. All you’ll need to do is
manage your guest list. Or for something less formal, try their
delivered catering services — breakfast, lunch, or dinner meals that are
fantastic for both business and social gatherings.
right now, they have a special one-time offer for CCRA members. With
proof of CCRA membership, take 10% off the price of a delivered catering
order for 20 or more guests (one time per customer). Or if you’re
planning a full-service event for 50 or more guests, they’ll include a
complimentary hors d’oeuvre.
Learn more at about 12th St. Catering here. Or call 215.386.8595!
Clean, Safe and Green
Be Fruitful and Multiply
Pennsylvania Horticultural Society is offering a class in how to
propagate plants ~ way more fun and cheaper than a trip to Lowes.
Go with a neighbor and you can even trade cuttings. CalledPropagation Station, you'll learn all
the tricks to properly propagate indoor plants and the best way to cut
various types of plants. You’ll go home with four new cuttings to help
turn your home into a verdant jungle. Or, be neighborly and give one to
your friends, if you can part with one of your newbies.
Tuesday night the Ninth District of the Philadelphia Police Department
celebrated National Night Out on Rittenhouse Square. A good crowd turned
out to speak with Ninth District Police Captain Colleen Billups and the
many other Police Officers who were present. Refreshments were served!
Night Out is a nationwide event that occurs annually on the first
Tuesday in August. It is a community-building program that is intended
to enhance the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement. CCRA
is proud to have been a co-sponsor of the event.
Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
First Friday at The Barnes with Omar’s Hat Live Jam and "Blackalachia"
musical collective is a Philly based group of musicians who started on
the corner of 45th and Locust, when a group of musicians gathered in a
place called Meskerem to spark a jam that’s never stopped since. Check
out their jam here to see if it’s your jam.
Plus, catch a screening of Blackalachia, an
immersive film by Ghanaian-American singer-songwriter Moses Sumney
Ghanaian, presented in partnership with BlackStar Film Festival. The
film will be followed by a conversation with the filmmaker. TGIF (August
age comes wisdom, but coping with the natural losses that accompany
aging is a separate skill. Not only must we learn to live with the grief
of losing loved ones, but also our own diminishing capacities. Enter
the Ralson Center, local specialists in the quality of life in aging.
In this free Zoom presentation, sponsored by the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging, participants
will learn the difference between finite loss and living losses, come
to understand the universal feeling of grief and loss in aging, and
discover ways to find support to help cope with age-related losses.
Learn more here.
Cav’s on Sansom Street? That Would be an Affirmative
Bar fans take note. Cavanaugh’s is now closed, but its wings and
burgers will shortly be available at its new location: 1921 Sansom
new 4,000 sq. ft. space will be spread out on two levels, have two
bars, 22 big-screen HD televisions and an 11-by-6-foot media wall for
And yes, there’ll be a dictionary of craft beers at the new joint. Check here for background info, and here to find out opening day at the new digs.
Marvel-ous Comic Heroes on the Big Screen
at Dilworth Park on a warm summer night while watching free blockbuster
films on the big screen. This Friday (August 5; 8:15 pm), Pictures in
the Park presents Spider-Man: No Way Home. Munch on popcorn, candy and
other snacks at the Air Grille beer garden, plus beer, wine and
cocktails for adults 21 and older. BYO chairs and blankets. To find out
about other movies in the series, check out our Center City District
Glossier Comes to The Row
secret to looking natural while wearing make-up? Ask Glossier, of
course! The Insta-famous makeup and skincare brand, known for its dewy
looks, is moving into its first Philly location, at Rittenhouse Row’s
1716 Walnut Street. Seems like they’re interested in meeting some actual
(vs digital) customers, so be one of the first to sample their wares.
To get the skinny, Philly Mag has the backstory here.
“Let’s Get Ready to…..”; Philadelphia Hosts Wrestling's Biggest Event in 2024
Get ready for 1st class entertainment, as WrestleMania lands at Lincoln Field in
April, 2024. The City is expecting over 80,000 visitors for
WrestleMania 40. Stay tuned for featured entertainers and wrestlers. But:
is anything about WrestleMania even real? Yes. It is more real than
Hollywood movies and TV shows. However, it is scripted and fake like
them at the same time. Confused? Don’t worry, get a full explanationhere.
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.