likely noticed the literal tons of construction in and around Center
City West, and with it the requisite noise, dirt, congestion and
assorted urban joys.
But you know what? We’ll take it.
Not because the side-effects are fun, but because Growth is Good. It means that people believe,
that developers are willing to risk their resources in the belief that
Center City West is and will remain a most desirable place to live, work
the next time construction delays make you homicidal, pull back a bit
and adopt the view from, say, the 27th floor. The Big Picture is in fact
a rather pretty one.
CCRA News and Events
Focus Group Kickstarts Under-40 CCRA Friends Group
Wednesday evening a group of under-40 CCRA members convened over dim
sum and samosas to participate in a focus group, professionally
facilitated by Joy Sardinsky.
was a lively and productive conversation that ranged from sharing their
reasons for joining to discussing strategies for better engaging -- and
growing -- the under-40 cohort in CCRA.
More to come from these “Young Friends” who are just getting started; stay tuned to future newsletters for updates!
CCRA Board of Directors Meeting
is holding its monthly board meeting on Tuesday, April 11, 7pm, at BEX
Meeting Space (One Commerce Sq, 2005 Market St.). Our guest speaker is
Councilmember Kenyatta Johnson.
This is a members-only meeting. If you would like to attend, please notify Travis Oliver.
ICYMI: CCRA Public Meeting on 19th & Chestnut
week, CCRA held a zoom meeting regarding the proposed construction
project at 19th & Chestnut. If you missed the meeting you can watch
it on our YouTube Channel. Click here if you would like to see the renderings.
In observance of Good Friday, CCRA will close early on Friday, April 7, at 1pm. The office will reopen on Monday April 10.
In addition, in observance of the holiday, no trash will be collected on Friday. Collection will resume on Saturday.
We wish you a Happy Passover and Easter to those who celebrate.
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 spotlightDom’s Shoe Repair.
Dom's Shoe Repair: A Shoe-In
have a beloved pair of shoes you wore to death and which pained you to
toss? Or a pair of boots to die for that simply went the way of all
flesh? Or sandals, too? We’ve all been there. It’s painful.
The next time that happens, though, you need to get that footwear toDom’s Shoe Repair
at 203 S.20th St. The man may not quite be a miracle worker, but he’s
close. Stories abound of how he’s taken lost causes and restored them to
their former glory.
no, it’s not just about the shoes (nor boots, nor sandals). Dom’s has
been known to resuscitate handbags in dire straits, plus there are even
urban legends about him making watchbands good as new. All of which is
done with Honesty, Humor and Hospitality.
more? How about a 10% discount to CCRA members? (FYI: The discount may
not be combined with other sales or discount programs.)
Clean, Safe and Green
Seeds of Change: Sustainable Saturday Set for May 6
the kids to the Penn Museum (located at 3260 South St) and celebrate
the Earth and connect to the natural world. Learn about respect for the
earth from Indigenous cultures. Bring a children’s book from home for a
book exchange. Listen to a story about protecting our natural world.
Learn about caring for plants and trees with the Pennsylvania
Horticultural Society. Other activities include making seed packets for
your garden and creating artwork using recycled materials. Get your
Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Try Old Faves, New Faves During Dine Latino Restaurant Week
Only two days remaining to take advantage of the offers featured as part of Dine Latino Restaurant Week! The sixth edition of this twice-annual event will see 26 restaurants participate, each of which offers
the same solid deal: buy two entrees, get a complimentary appetizer or
dessert. Along with tried-and-true favorites, there are a handful of
newcomers on the list. Details here.
Sixers Tab Lokal Artisan Foods as “Buy Black” Winner
The Philadelphia 76ers announced that the team has selectedLokal Artisan Foods
as its third recipient of the annual “76ers Buy Black” program. Since
opening in 2018, owner Charisse McGill has expanded her French Toast
Bites stand to a local community staple in Philadelphia.
Artisan Foods will receive a custom marketing plan, free advertising
across the team’s social and digital platforms, custom-created content,
radio spots during 76ers game broadcasts on 97.5 The Fanatic, and other
opportunities. Score the details here.
it’s Spring and it’s time to let out that inner kid inside you, and
what better way to do that than with an old-fashioned (or new-fashioned)
Easter Egg hunt? There are hunts in churches, parks, cafes, even in
stables(!). Your search begins here.
Cuisine to Vie For: SIX James Beard Award Finalists from Philly
is the number of Henry VIII’s wives currently enchanting Broad Street,
and it’s also the number of Finalists in the 2023 James Beard Awards,
a/k/a one of the highest honors in all of Foodie World. We've got
nominees for Best Restaurant, Emerging Chef and Best Restaurateur, among
others. Dish the details here.
From the Athenaeum: Story Explorers Book Fest
the 2nd Annual Story Explorers Book Fest on Saturday, April 22 at The
Athenaeum of Philadelphia! Children, youth and their families are
invited for a day of our favorite things: books, libraries and maps!
day long there will be book sales, and chances to learn about The
Athenaeum, the Kislak Center at Penn and local non-profit A Book A Day.
Enjoy readings and workshops by local authors and teachers.
the first floor gallery, explore our latest exhibit and learn more
about the city of Philadelphia. Take a break in the lounge with a puzzle
or a worksheet!
race is on, and this time around there are more candidates than you
have fingers vying for the nomination in the May 16 Democratic Primary.
We’ll save you the trouble of Googling each and every one of them by
pointing you to a rundown here.
No Parking on the Lawn on Kelly Drive
rope-line barrier along Kelly Drive? It’s a not-so-subtle warning to
drivers to not park (illegally) on the grass between the roadway and the
Schuylkill. Why? Only because it destroys the greenway and threatens
pedestrians. (Other than that, what’s not to love?)
The parking-on-the-lawn thing started with the pandemic, and like the pandemic it needs to go. Go deeper in the weeds here.
Historic Gas Station Relocates to Fairmount Park
month, Parkway Corp. successfully moved the historic Filling Station at
20th and Arch Streets to the Sedgley Porter House in Fairmount Park to
make way for its new Chubb Headquarters project. The building will be
renovated into meeting space for the Bicycle Coalition of Greater
Philadelphia’s youth cycling program and the Schuylkill Navy. We are
thrilled that this historic gas station did not meet the wrecking ball!
The preservation effort was made possible by the experienced design and
construction team: Atkin Olshin Schade Architects, Keast & Hood
Structural Engineers, Pennoni Associates, and Haverstick-Borthwick. Full
story here. Watch the moveHERE!
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.
Di Bruno Bros., 1730 Chestnut St (215-665-9220) - Temporarily Suspended