know what the calendar says – the Dog Days of Winter – but recent
temperatures argue otherwise, and even moreso does the sudden burst of
activity in the streets. The folks are out!
this is all a pent-up release from Winter, or perhaps a pent-up release
from the pandemic – likely both – but in any event, let’s all join in
and bring this town back to life.
(Life: Remember that?)
CCRA News and Events
Safe, Equitable, and Sustainable Transit for Philly
At the request of the Bike Coalition, CCRA voted to add its name to the long list of community groups supporting the 2023 Better Mobility Platform.
it has done in previous mayoral election years, the Bicycle Coalition
of Greater Philadelphia has worked with nine other organizations
interested in urban transit issues to put together a set of specific
policy recommendations dealing with street safety and mobility for
pedestrians, cyclists, mass transit users, and drivers of motor
vehicles: Review the 2023 Better Mobility Platformhere.
Here are two ways for our members to do a public transit deeper dive, both on 3/31:
the Vision Zero (no traffic deaths) Conference (9am -3:30pm), an all day
symposium at Temple University, with the goal of making safe streets a
reality for every Philadelphian. Register (sliding scale fee) here.
After the symposium, the 2023 Better Mobility Platform will be the focus of a FREE Mayoral Candidate Forum that will be held at Temple University from 4 to 5 pm. Registerhere.
is a non-profit, volunteer-led organization devoted to making Center
City a better place to live, work and play. Our members volunteer
thousands of man-hours each year to a wide range of projects that help
preserve and improve the quality of life in Center City for the benefit
of residents, local merchants and visitors.
or about April 11, the CCRA Board will be electing its Officers
(President, Exec. Vice President, up to five Vice Presidents, Secretary,
Treasurer, Asst. Secretary, Asst. Treasurer) for the July 1, 2023 -
June 30, 2025 term. While it is projected that virtually all of the
existing Officers will be running for reelection, any current CCRA
member who resides in "CCRAville" (the area bordered by north side of
South St., west side of Broad St., south side of JFK Blvd., and the
Schuylkill River) can run for election to an Officer position, provided
that they are nominated by the CCRA Nominating Committee or an existing
CCRA Director, and provided further that, with respect to the positions
of President, Executive Vice President, and Vice President, the nominee
has prior CCRA Board service.
The responsibilities of each of the Officer positions are described in the Bylaws, which can be viewed by going to the CCRA homepageand
clicking on "About CCRA." If you are interested in running for an
Officer position, please send an expression of interest in an email here
with "Officer Candidate" in the subject line by no later than
Wednesday, March 1. Be sure to include your full name, street address,
email address, and phone number. (Note that in March, CCRA will begin
soliciting for Director candidates, which candidates will be voted upon
at CCRA's Annual Meeting, probably in May.)
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 the
Rittenhouse framing emporiumFrameworks Studio.
Frameworks Studio Brings the Art of Framing
at 21st & Walnut Sts., is not just another framing house. How so?
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 do please stop by at 21st & Walnut and say
hello to FrameWorks!
Clean, Safe and Green
For the Birds:
“Conversations With Birds” Exhibit Now Open
new exhibit at Drexel’s Academy of Natural Sciences brings a hyperlocal
lens to our relationship with birds. Entitled “Conversations With
Birds”, it showcases wildlife photography and video, resources to watch
and protect birds, interactive exhibits, and taxidermy. Details nest here.
speaking of our fine-feathered friends, early reports indicate that the
Lights Out Philly program to reduce the number of birds that die
crashing into buildings in Philadelphia appears to be working. At a
Market Street building that cut its light the most, bird collision
deaths in the fall dropped around 70% since 2020. Details of the good
It’s Electric (Bikes, that is)
have proliferated within the city, but also throughout the country,
especially in our state parks and forests, You’ll find e-bikes
traversing areas previously reserved for pedalers, hikers and walkers.
And so it is for PA as well.
our DCNA (PA’s Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources) done a good
enough job in making it safe and enjoyable for all (or even most nature
lovers)? You tell ushere!
Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Celebrate Black Musicians from Philly
Come to the Philadelphia City Institute Library
for a free concert highlighting the contributions of Philadelphia
composers to the rich and varied cultural tradition of Black American
Music. The Renaissance Sextet, led by Leon Jordan Sr., will perform
live, offer insights on the composers of the music you will hear, and
host a brief Q&A after the performance.
With March Comes Women’s History Month
March will soon be here, which among many other things means Women’s History Month. There’s a women’s suffrage exhibit at the National Constitution Center, a Storyslam at the National Liberty Museum and a CultureFest at the Penn Museum. A guide to even more can be found here.
you long for the feeling you get when receiving flowers? You can
experience it all over again at The Philadelphia Flower Show, March
4-12. This year the show is back at the Convention Center and sparking
joy with the theme ‘Garden Electric.’
the displays of world-class floral and landscape designers and be
immersed in soundscapes, projections, and lights that enhance the
natural beauty of the flowers. Find the flowery details here. To purchase tickets, visit here.
Vote Early, Vote Often: User Guide to the May Elections
16, 2023 is Election Day; what’s on the line? The city's 100th mayor,
the entire 17-member City Council, Controller's Office, City
Commissioners, Sheriff, and Register of Wills. Voters will also choose
nominees for a slate of municipal and statewide judges. Need help in
sorting it out? Head here.
Don’t Let Your Free Ride End
you’re like those of us of a certain age, one of your favorite cards to
use is the SEPTA Key Senior Fare Card. There IS such a thing as a free
lunch, thanks to the PA lottery, which subsidizes free public
transportation for seniors. There’s always a caveat, though. We were
surprised to learn that these cards expire….I guess just in case we got
suspended the need for renewals during Covid, now SEPTA Key Senior Fare
Cards with printed expiration dates of 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023 will
expire on the last day of the month printed on the card (regardless of
which year of expiration). So…this month, renewals are required for any
card that expires(d?) in Feb., 2020-2023.
How to? Two suggestions:
Rep. Ben Waxman’s office
will process the application for you and take photos as needed for the
card. Just walk in 10am-2pm weekdays. It will take only a few days to
process and your card will be deactivated during the process.
Go In person to SEPTA Headquarters for walk-in same day service. Appointments can be scheduled by calling 215-580-7145.
Next on the Runway: Philly Fashion Week
all Fashionistas: Philly Fashion Week vamps into view March 2 and
sashays its way around town through March 5. There’s a student design
competition, a networking mixer, two runway shows and, of course,
afterparties. Details dished here.
Superfolie: The Newest Sophisticated
Hole-in-the-Wall Wine Bar
Superfolie (French for ‘Fantastical’ or ‘Wild’) is joining the collection of hip and new bars in Center City West. The bar is expected to debut March 3 at 1602 Spruce St., a former Plenty Cafe.
The neighborhood has been on an upswing of cool, new bars lately, with the opening ofAndra Hem and the revival and relocation of Franklin Mortgage. Another, Vinyl Bar and Lounge, is under construction at 15th and Chancellor Streets, the former Applebee’s. Read more 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.