CCRA’s Annual Meeting was held the evening of September 29 at the Freire School on Chestnut Street.
speaker Rep. Amen Brown demonstrated his understanding of how
quality-of-life issues affect the entire city when he spoke about his
work on ghost guns and on mandating stiff penalties and incarceration
for individuals with multiple weapons possession charges.
President Rick Gross announced the launching of a cultural initiative
with the Freire School that will, among other things, sponsor field
trips for students to theaters, museums and other Philadelphia
also announced that CCRA is committed to working with the Enterprise
Fund Capital Corporation to raise $1,000,000 to fund a program to
provide below-market capital, otherwise unavailable, for
Black/Brown/Women-owned businesses to locate in Center City West.
Additionally, seven members (four incumbents) were elected to the CCRA Board. You can view their bios here.
CCRA News and Events
CCRA Board of Directors Meeting
Tuesday, October 11, 7 pm
BEX Meeting Facility, 2005 Market Street
This meeting is open to CCRA members. If you would like to attend, please contact Travis Oliver here. For more information click here.
In observance of Indigenous Peoples’ Day, no trash will be collected on Monday, October 10.
Collection will resume on Tuesday, October 11.
Building Friendships in Fitler
with other people not only feels great, it's also important for our
physical, mental, and emotional health. Research shows that there is a
growing trend toward isolation and loneliness in the United States. This
was the case prior to the pandemic, and social distancing over the past
two years has only served to exacerbate the problem. Philadelphia is no
light of this, a few civic groups in Fitler Square are joining together
to tackle this challenge at a local level. Through our community
meetings, conversations, and a recent survey, we know that people in the
area desire greater connection with their neighbors. So, we are
piloting an initiative that will include events and innovative programs
intended to help neighbors form stronger bonds and create greater
community cohesion. We heard your ideas in our community survey and will
be rolling out some new opportunities to connect with others in the
neighborhood soon! If you want to get involved or have ideas, email us here.
is a partnership between the Center City Residents Association, Friends
of Schuylkill River Park, Fitler Square Neighborhood Association and
Friends of Fitler Square.
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 our
newest Merchant Partner, none other than thePhiladelphia Orchestra!
Arrangement for Orchestra: The Philadelphia Orchestra is Now a CCRA Merchant Partner!
Strike up the Band!
We are most excited to announce that the Philadelphia Orchestra – yes, THE Philadelphia Orchestra – is the newest CCRA Merchant Partner! (Let that sink in.)
it’s not just the Orchestra; it’s also events on the Kimmel Cultural
Campus, for which CCRA members are entitled to a discount. As both the
Orchestra and the Kimmel need no introduction, all you need to know is
in the details below.
For the Orchestra, it’s a 15% discount with a Promo code of POCCRA. Click here for tickets.
For the Kimmel Cultural Campus, it’s a 10% discount with a Promo code of CCRAKCC. Click here for tickets.
Please note that all available concerts are included in their respective links.
See you there!
Clean, Safe and Green
Crimestoppers: Center City District Ups the Ante
with an increase in both pedestrian sidewalk traffic and violent crime,
the Center City District (CCD) is expanding its team of unarmed,
uniformed safety ambassadors known as Community Service Representatives
(CSRs). CSRs are foot patrols equipped with two-way radios who serve as
“eyes and ears” on the street for the police.
At the same time, the bicycle safety patrol launched and funded by CCD is also expanding.
in September, CCD increased these uniformed bike patrols, which operate
seven days per week in two shifts, to more than 45 positions. For more,
Reserve a Loading Zone? Now You Can
Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to reserve a loading-zone parking space while loading or unloading your car? Impossible, you say.
come October 17 you’ll be able to do just that via the Pebble Driver
app when 21 zones on Walnut, Chestnut, and Sansom Streets will become
eligible to be reserved for up to $3 per hour.
All the details (including a map) are parked here.
Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day This Monday
Although Columbus Day is still the name of Monday’s official federal holiday, last year Mayor Kenney via Executive Order
changed it to Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Philadelphia. Instead of a parade on Monday, come out and experience traditional and contemporary indigenous art, music, dance, and food.
it all at Shackamaxon, also known as Penn Treaty Park, which is within
the ancestral territory of the Lenni Lenape peoples. It’s a
family-friendly event with unique vendors, presenters, dancers, and
artists showcasing and selling their work!
Bring a blanket or chairs. Small suggested donations requested. RSVP here. For performance details, go here.
Sometimes It Takes More Than A Village
With so many new refugees entering our city, this Book Talk could not be better timed.
by The Latvian Society of Philadelphia in association with the German
Society of Pennsylvania, listen to the fascinating survival story of
Latvian author Dr. Maruta Lietiņš-Ray (Professor Emerita, University of
Virginia) speak about her childhood memories from the World War II era,
life in the post-war Displaced Persons camp, and her new beginning in
the United States. Dr. Lietiņš-Ray will discuss how even through
challenging times, with circumstances often dark and foreboding, people
displayed a miraculous resiliency and the will to alter their life’s
path. Maybe there’s still hope for the American dream?
Find out in her book, Refugee Girl, A Memoir and her book talk here.
Spice Up your Life - Demystifying The African Diaspora
cook together and explore the foods of the African Diaspora. Hosted by
the Culinary Literacy Center at the Free Library, dig into some new
flavors and tastes and
get introduced to cooking with palm oil, ancient African grains and
spices, and stewing techniques. Educator and Chef Joy Parham of Urban
Country Culinary Concepts will give us the down low on some new
ingredients and recipes we can add to our weekly repertoire.
Center City Business Association and the Fitler Club Business
Networking Club for an in-person Happy Hour Breakfast at the Fitler Club
the morning of October 11. You’ll make connections and find resources
that will help develop your business.
all part of the Center City Business Association’s ongoing signature
series of seminars and panel discussions, which CCRA members can attend
for a reduced rate (Promo code CCRA).
exciting to talk with artists while they’re actually creating their
art! And all for a worthy cause! Right now, you can march down to LOVE
Park’s lawn for Mural Arts’ “To The Polls” exhibit, which features six
freestanding murals that inspire passersby to vote. This project is part
of October’s Mural Arts’ Month.
As the “To The Polls”
project curator says, “The artists could do these murals probably in
four days. But sometimes it takes them 10 days because they’re having so
many conversations with people walking by. Art has a really powerful
way of making people feel things. And I think that it’s human nature
that we act when we feel.”
go to LOVE Park now, ask questions, take photos of the art-making
process, and spread the word to vote. They’re painting right up to
Is Jazz Jammin’ Your Jam?
can’t think of a better way for local jazz fans to spend every second
Thursday (i.e., next week) than at the geographically desirable World
Cafe Live. Listen to their house band, The
Ironman Trio, play a few tunes and then invite a rotating lineup of
players to the stage. Instrumentalists and vocalists are welcome to sign
up and “sit in” throughout the evening.
Free admission, but you can guarantee a good seat with dinner reservations. Get your groove onhere.
This weekend at Arthaus
12–5 (Saturday and Sunday) the public is invited to tour Philadelphia’s
new skyscraper from top to bottom. CCRA was instrumental in guiding
the “powers that be” at Dranoff Properties, helping them create a new
tower that fits into the fabric of the neighborhood. Among other
changes, the builder agreed to make the Lombard Street facade more
pedestrian-friendly at the street level.
What will you see? Pretty amazing panoramic city views from the 42nd floor, a decorated penthouse by interior designer Jimmy DeLaurentis,
five other decorated residences, and two full floors of indoor and
outdoor resort amenities that will impress. Move to Broad and
Get Looped and Spooked
used to last a night, maybe two (if you count the old Mischief Night).
And… if we really liked it, we’d tag along with our kids as they
trick-or-treated. And maybe a costume party on the weekend.
But no more! Eastern State Penitentiary’s Halloween Nights
is an immersive experience featuring five thrilling haunted houses —
plus historic tours, themed bars, live entertainment, and more — all
inside the massive, abandoned complex of Eastern State Penitentiary.
Get ready for sinister scares, enchanting entertainment, and
unforgettable moments in a truly one-of-a-kind setting. Open through
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.