all the thrills and chills provided all season long by our baseball and
soccer teams, in the end sadly both came up a bit short. :( Please feel
free to mourn appropriately.
depending on your political persuasions you may or may not be in
mourning following Tuesday’s midterm elections. Again, mourn
in any event that’s all behind us now, and freed up are both the time
and the mental bandwidth for other pursuits, such as all the upcoming
Holiday festivities and, not least, our still-undefeated football team.
So be of good cheer and rejoice in the absence of unseemly campaign ads. (No mourning them.)
Season’s Greetings, Y’all!
CCRA News and Events
Greetings to 2101 Co-op!
1st is near, and with it comes your annual High-rise membership
renewal. Only this year we’ve made it waaay easy. How easy?
Both Renewals and New members from 2101 Co-op, can just go to the CCRA website,
hover over the “Membership Tab”, then click on “Join New Membership –
Resident App”. Scroll down to “Hi-Rise Member” and select. Click “Next”
and proceed from there to the Application process. That’s it! Do it
today before you forget!
Looking forward to our continued partnership and collective voice for better Center City living. Contact Travis Oliverhere if you have any questions.
Trinity Center Joins Building Friendships
in Fitler (BFF) Coalition
Friendships in Fitler (BFF), the newly formed collaborative of Fitler
Square civic groups, is delighted to welcome Trinity Center to its
ranks. CCRA initiated this invitation, as Trinity Center will add an
important and expansive indoor space for the entire Center City West
community to use all year long. While many of us are familiar with the
exquisite Trinity Memorial Church at 22nd and Spruce (a neighborhood landmark since the 1870s), the buildings at this corner are much more than a church.
Trinity Center for Urban Life,
a 501(c)(3), is home to a winter emergency shelter, a food pantry for
neighborhood households experiencing food insecurity, two voting
districts that conduct national, state, and local elections, a preschool
serving neighborhood families for more than 50 years, 12-step groups,
and much more. Details here.
The ‘New’ Washington Avenue: What’s the Deal?
doubt you’re familiar with the big makeover of major artery Washington
Ave., all the way from 2nd Street to Grays Ferry Avenue. While the re-do
was primarily for vehicular traffic, what about for bicycles? How’s
that going to pan out?
CCRA Board Member and intrepid bicyclist Ben Zuckerman hopped aboard his ride and gave the upgrade a spin. His report is here.
CCRA Public Meeting re: 2301 Walnut St
Monday, December 5 at 7 pm
plans to construct a new mixed use residential high-rise with retail at
the corner of 23rd and Walnut (the former site of RiteAid) and
continues to 23rd and Sansom. The project is “by right” under the
Philadelphia zoning code, which means the property owner does not need a
variance from the City. However, the public will have input on the
project as part of the Philadelphia City Planning Civic Design Review process.
to that public meeting, TrammellCrow Company would like to present the
project to the CCRA membership, neighbors and the Albert M. Greenfield
Elementary School community via Zoom. You
do not have to be a CCRA member to attend: the intent is to inform and
gather input from the neighborhood - so please, share this info and
spread the word. The architects for the project, BLT Architects, will
present the plans, renderings, space program, and project details in a
brief presentation. After the presentation there will be a Q&A
Support our Local Elementary School
has always believed that a quality elementary school is essential to
the desirability of Center City West as a place to live and raise a
family. Back in 1954, CCRA successfully pressured the Board of Education
to create a school for urban children. Today’s Greenfield Elementary
School is the end result of that. Read the historyhere. In
Pennsylvania's underfunded education system, the Home and School
Associations (HSAs) provide enrichment programs, teacher grants for
special projects and purchases, books, materials and assistance for
school libraries, and so much more.
And…our property values depend on being able to send neighborhood kids to a neighborhood school.
a group of HSA former and current board members have stepped up to
match all donations made in November up to a total of $14,000. If you
make a donation this month, your impact is doubled! Greenfield Home
& School Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and
donations are tax-deductible. They accept donations through PayPal and Venmo.
Until a long term solution to adequately fund our schools comes from Harrisburg, this is a great way to help the kids.
CCRA MERCHANT PARTNER SPOTLIGHT
Merchant Partner program is a true Win-Win: It provides businesses
with complimentary advertising and exposure while giving CCRA members
generous deals and discounts. This week we feature fave Rittenhouse
People in the Know go to Seafood Unlimited
all the great dining options in Center City it can be difficult to know
which to choose. But if you’re looking for great seafood, it’s a
no-brainer:Seafood Unlimited on S. 20th St.
over 45 years Seafood Unlimited has served both locals and
out-of-towners in their sleek, casual setting. Their fresh,
delivered-daily fare is from everywhere: we’re talking sea scallops,
jumbo shrimp, ahi tuna, branzino, crab cakes, lobsters and arctic
char. And do NOT forget to leave room for the home-made desserts: key
lime pie, chocolate mousse and carrot cake.
Judi Einhorn puts their philosophy this way: “Understand the
neighborhood and you’ll understand the product you need to
provide”. Well, they can check that box. And speaking of the neighborhood, CCRA members receive a complimentary tasting of their stellar homemade New England Chowder.
So the next time you get a hankering for something from under the sea, sail on over toSeafood Unlimited.
Clean, Safe and Green
Growing from the Root Wants Your Feedback
your chance – until Nov. 28 – to weigh in on Philadelphia’s first Urban
Agriculture Strategic Plan. After years of learning, listening, and
crafting, the Growing from the Root team
released a draft of a comprehensive plan that uplifts Philadelphia’s
rich history of urban farming and gardening into actionable projects.
plan builds on the history of agricultural practices rooted in African
American, immigrant, and refugee communities that have been nurtured
citywide by residents for generations. In the words of the city’s many
growers, “urban agriculture heals communities and gives them a path to
self-reliance and determination.”
Click here to download the draft plan and complete the survey here to weigh in on it.
Heart Your Park? Show It This Saturday
Saturday is the annual Love Your Park Fall Service Day, the day when
park friends across the city give their fave parks a ton of TLC in the
form of planting trees and flower bulbs, collecting leaves for compost, and preparing for the winter season. What’s better?
For a list of parks, venture here. For the FAQ, here.
Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
15 Simple Ways You Can Help Hungry
you know that pre-pandemic, roughly 1 in 5 Philadelphians— that’s
330,000 of us — lacked regular, reliable access to daily
meals? Especially children. And it’s only gotten worse! “What can I do?”
you ask. Actually, simple things like donating peanut butter and
sorting cans. Sometimes it’s the slightest gestures that make the
biggest difference. Here are 15 simple ways you can help NOW!
Bubbe and Zayde Lived Where?
good reasons, Philly is known as the “City of Neighborhoods”, many of
which were created by immigrants. Most change over time, but we often
“hear-tell” from our elders what life was like back in the day.
this tour by Hidden City, walk through the Jewish Quarter (2nd to 6th,
Spruce to Christian), learn what the Eastern European Jews experienced
when they moved from “theold
country”. See where they established the bathhouses, shuls, newspapers,
theaters and stores, including the still lively Fabric Row. On Sunday
(11/13), you can smear the schmaltz here.
Born to Run? Or Volunteer? Or Just Watch? Philly Marathon Coming Soon
you’re a brave runner, a noble volunteer or a mere spectator, the
Philadelphia Marathon is sprinting down the homestretch toward town. One of the most historic races in the nation, it is scheduled for November 18-20, 2022 and some 30,000 racers are expected. Feel the burn here.
“Eds and Meds” Trail Other Sectors
in Pandemic Recovery
showed no mercy in the damage caused to the economy, but now that we
are apparently in a post-Covid world, how have the various sectors of
the local economy fared?
surprisingly, a recent report from the Economy League of Greater
Philadelphia found that the education and health sectors haven’t
recovered well, and the reasons why remain unclear. Details on the
Friday Night at the Lights
Does anyone else feel the winter blues that comes with the end of daylight savings time? Yeah; Bummer, eh?
The Magic Garden at Night! Sure, you’ve probably been there during the
day, but now you can get dazzled by the beauty of the glittering
mosaicked labyrinth under the glow of colorful lights. Friday nights
only, through the end of the year. Explore both the outdoor sculpture
garden and the indoor galleries. Illuminate the start of your weekendhere.
Sublime Beethoven at the Kimmel
Friday Nov. 11 at 8 pm, immerse yourself in Beethoven at the
Kimmel. Belatedly celebrating the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth
(1770), Vox Amadeus Chorus and Orchestra performs the iconic 5th
Symphony and Missa Solemnis, which he considered his greatest
work. Details here.
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.