Serious Question: Is there a better place to be during the Holidays than in the City?
around: Decorations everywhere. Restaurants, rocking. Stores, jamming.
On the sidewalks: stylish singles, stylish couples, the beautiful young
people home from college and, of course, the sweet wee grandchildren.
The air may be brisk and cold, but not so much that you can’t feel the
warmth of the sun on your face. How lucky are we.
So don’t miss out on this. Go out, get out, be of good cheer and greet your fellow urbanites. Drink it in, and eat it up.
CCRA News and Events
Last Call to Gift CCRA!
get left out! We’ve seen a tremendous response to our offer for members
to gift family and friends a full year of CCRA membership. But the
deadline is tomorrow, Friday, Dec. 9, so if you haven’t done so already,
the time to act is now! Email hereto gift a membership!
Members Cordially Invited to Attend
December’s Board Meeting
Members are most welcome to attend the final Board meeting of the year this coming Tuesday at 7:15 pm. Please RSVP to Travisfor location details.
addition to conducting Board business we will be joined by 9th District
Captain Chris Bradshaw and 9th District Community Relations Officer
Jessie O’Shea, who will discuss the PPD’s plans for crime prevention in
and around the neighborhood.
It promises to be both a social and educational evening. Won’t you please join us?
'Tis the Season' – for Gifting Appreciated Securities
hasn't been a good year in the markets. Looking at your brokerage
statements has probably been unfun. But if you have been investing for
more than a minute, you'll likely find that many of your investments
have appreciated in value since you acquired them.
- if you're thinking of making charitable contributions around now,
think about gifting some of your appreciated securities. You'll get double income tax benefits - you can deduct the fair market value of the gifted securities and avoid the capital gains tax you would pay if you sold the securities.
City Residents Association, a section 501(c)(3) organization, would be
grateful for any gifts of stocks, bonds, mutual funds or ETFs. We'll put
them to good use improving our neighborhood.
Please talk to your tax advisor and contact usif you would like more information.
No Brighter Light than a Child’s Smile
are brighter this week in Fitler Square. Why? The Friends of Fitler
Square Park hosted its annual Tree Lighting and Santa Visit. This year,
our new local collaborative, BFF (Building Friends in Fitler) added Xmas
caroling to the festivities. End result? Smiles, of course. Music,
Dance, Hot cider for the “grownups”; hot chocolate for the
young’uns. Did we mention perfect weather?
joined with neighbors, strolling the streets, caroling with the TMC
Singers and then watched sensational outdoor ballet from our local young
women and listened to the tunes of the Bohemian Singers in the Square.
change-o - here comes Santa Claus...tree lights…and fond memories. May
all your Christmases be….wh…NO! bright! Thanks, Jerry Amari, for the
CCRA Public meeting regarding 2301 Walnut St.
Monday, December 5, CCRA held a virtual meeting regarding the “by
right” building project on 2301 Walnut. The Developers presented revised
designs after incorporating many of CCRA’s suggestions for improvement.
The public (over 35 attendees) asked questions, such as parking, trash
collection, street blockage, the use of the public space, and completion
of the project. You can watch the meeting and see the designs by
visiting our YouTube Channel.
CCRA MERCHANT PARTNER SPOTLIGHT
Merchant Partner program is a true Win-Win: It provides local
businesses with complimentary advertising and exposure while giving CCRA
members generous deals and discounts. This week we spotlight
sustainable delivery serviceThe Rounds.
Making The Rounds Work For You This Holiday
Bothered by the amount of the simple, sheer physical waste in your life? Who isn’t? Well, local startupThe Rounds is working to do something about it.
Rounds is in fact built on the “milkman” model in that it delivers
products to the customer’s door in reusable packaging (think milk
bottles). Then, when the user is done, it retrieves the packaging,
rinses and repeats. No waste!
the idea is to lower the amount of waste from individual, disposable
orders. The Rounds delivers everyday essentials like oats, nuts, toilet
paper, soaps, paper products, cleaning products etc. In short it’s
green, it’s sustainable, and it’s cheaper.
Intrigued? Thought so. For more info and to get started, please visitThe Rounds. And know this: Use
the code CCRAHOLIDAY in the promo field at signup and your first two
months of membership will be free – plus a $10 product credit – through
If you miss this opportunity check the CCRA website for another great offering coming next year!
Clean, Safe and Green
Vote for the River that Runs Through Us
for your favorite local waterway. The Schuylkill River, Perkiomen
Creek, Conestoga River and Susquehanna River-North Branch have been
nominated for the annual Pennsylvania River of the Year contest, the
Inquirer reported last week.
waterways were nominated by local nonprofit organizations that work to
promote them and restore their health. The Schuylkill was nominated by
the Schuylkill River Greenwaysorganization,
which is in the middle of a 10-year strategic plan titled “Re(Turn) to
the River,” aiming to improve the river area and raise awareness of its
importance by 2026. Some of those goals include completing the
Schuylkill River Trail and increasing tourism.
will be open until January 18. The nominating organization will receive
a $10,000 leadership grant to fund celebrations of the honor. Those
year-round activities will include a River of the Year sojourn, a
miles-long paddling trips for large groups of people meant to raise
awareness for river stewardship and the economic and cultural value of
the waterway. Voting is now open!
Saw Your Own Christmas Tree?
According to “those who know”, Germany
was pivotal in creating the Christmas Tree tradition as we know it
today. Thanks to heavy German immigration to PA, our state, back in the
1830’s, is rumored to have been the first in America to adopt the custom
of a tree, at home, for the holidays.
to do the “full monty”? While you could just drive to the nearest big
box store and get a fake one, how about hunting for your perfect tree at
the tree farm and then cutting it down. No worries…they’ll help you
(and give you the saw)! Some of these places throw in a hay ride to the tree farm, as well. Can I come, too?
70% of refugees from the Caribbean, Central and South America remain in
Philadelphia. It’s a perfect fit, since 3 in 20 Philly residents are
foreign-born, and immigrants have been key to the city's population
growth. How can we help with this ongoing influx? Donate to the Mayor’s Philadelphia Welcoming Fund,
which disperses monies to longstanding local nonprofits which provide
for shelter space, emergency health screening, food, water, language
interpretation, and more.
Here’s an even more helpful guide to ways you can help other than giving money.
Just added: Fundraiser created to front the cost of SEPTA Key cards for asylum-seekers! Rest well and count your blessings.
William Way Center Receives a $2.5 Million
Grant for Expansion
own LGBTQ Center, located at 12th and Spruce, is expanding in the fall
of 2023. William Way will demolish the back two thirds of the building
to build a new office tower that will house its growing programs and
provide plenty of space for long term leases and rentals for community
groups and small businesses.
expansion is a big deal to our LGBTQ Community, especially since the
community is growing in diversity. You can read more about this
Shop Where Your Heart Is
Thanks to CCRA member/Philly-centric Book AuthorIrene Levy Bakerfor
sharing with us this delightful way to shop for the holidays and
support minority and women-owned businesses at the same time. Let’s put
our money where our hearts are: The
shopping season has begun! The Bellevue Hotel is hosting a Diverse
Supplier Holiday Shopping Showcase on Saturday, December 17 from 11 a.m.
to 7 p.m.
shopping extravaganza will feature minority and women-owned businesses
such as Free Bird 1985 (unique jewelry), Philadelphia Candle Co.
(scented candles including a collection that highlights Philadelphia
neighborhoods) and Jypsea Leatherwoods (lux leather accessories made
primarily of recycled skins). Holiday music and holiday-themed
refreshments available at XIX-Nineteen Lounge. It’s free & open to
here’s a gift any urbanite will treasure: a gift certificate to one of
Philly’s best eateries. And you – the gifter – will love it (and us),
too, when you see these deals! One for them, two for you?
by the Water Dept’s plan for a floating classroom on the Schuylkill,
Philadelphia Contemporary will launch a two-story, 15,000-sq ft floating
art gallery of its own, which will be moored between Cherry and Race
Streets and which will periodically be unmoored and tugged to different
sites along the East Coast.
are Holiday decorations all over the City, but how do you see them all?
Might we suggest the Holiday Light Trolley Tour, a/k/a the “Jolly
festive party hits all the popular light displays as well as Winterfest
at Penn’s Landing, the Betsy Ross House and City Hall. And Hey…it’s a
BYOB and features live music. Find the fun here.
Banksy Meets Immersive in Fashion District
may not be familiar with the notoriously incognito British street
artist Banksy, and you may yet have to experience an immersive art
museum experience, but now you can do both at “Banksy Was Here”, the
newly-created touring exhibition of the artist’s work.
all happening on two floors at the Fashion District Mall on E. Market
St in the space previously occupied by Candytopia. Developed by the same
companies that developed the successful Van Gogh immersive experience, “Banksy Was Here” features 80 works in a 30,000 square-foot area. Immerse yourselfhere.
“Bus Revolution”: SEPTA’s Plan on Overhauling its Transit System
proposes to overhaul bus routes throughout the Philly region. Plans
include, among other things, eliminating bus routes that run
infrequently and adding routes that run more frequently (“every 15
minutes or better, 7 days a week”).
addition, a major overhaul they’re proposing is eliminating ten
suburban community routes and replacing them with a “whole new mode of
public transit.” For more information, visit 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.