“We’d like to come into Center City, but it’s so unsafe.”
“All you hear about Philadelphia is Crime.”
“Is there any city that’s safe?”
all heard this from our friends in the suburbs, and not unreasonably,
as the broad headlines and isolated horror stories are most daunting.
But here, courtesy a new study by the Brookings Institution, are talking points to the contrary:
While violent crime is up in Philadelphia as a whole since the pandemic, in Center City it is static.
Property crime is actually down in Center City from before the pandemic.
Statistics show that crime in other neighborhoods does not bleed into downtown.
Owing largely to the sizable residential population, Center City is safer than the downtowns of other cities.
You have your marching orders. Go spread the word.
CCRA News and Events
Save the Date
CCRA Annual Meeting
Thursday, May 11, 2023
Freire Charter School
2027 Chestnut St.
More details to come
(Date subject to change)
Board Approves Slate of Officers for Two-Year Terms
The CCRA Board voted unanimously to approve the following slate of Officers for two-year terms, commencing July 1, 2023:
·President: Rick Gross
·Exec VP: Richard Vaughn
·Vice Pres: Michele Ettinger
·Vice Pres: Kate Federico
·Vice Pres: Barbara Halpern
·Vice Pres: David Rose
·Secretary: Susan Kahn
·Asst. Secy: Charles Robin
·Treasurer: Rick Speizman
·Asst. Treas: Peter Eckstein
you’ll get to meet them all at our upcoming Membership Meeting, where
our members will vote in new CCRA Board Members.
SAVE THE DATE: Thursday, May 11, 2023
Clean Sidewalks Ain’t Free
CCRA asks that ALL residents do their share to keep our sidewalks clean
by contributing to our Clean, Safe and Green appeal. Fact is, we now
pay $36,000 to keep the non-Center City District part of our
neighborhood clean, swept and inviting for a walk with a friend, dog or
family. This covers getting our sidewalks swept every week of the year,
following trash pick up. Included in your membership fees? Not.
you’re not a member yet, no worries. We’ll happily use your
contribution to beautify the neighborhood sidewalks. Is it worth an
annual tax deductible contribution of $100 bucks/household to have clean
sidewalks as you walk to the store, work or exercise? You becha! Pay
your share here.
Friday Walks along the Banks
a member of CCRA, you get an automatic invite to any activities offered
by our Fitler Square collaborative, BFF (Building Friendships in
is whispering to us…..”let’s go outside”. If you hear the call, join
BFF’s Walking Group. We plan to walk approximately one hour along the
Schuylkill River Trail every Friday, starting at 9 am at 25th &
Spruce Street in the Park. Afterward, if there is interest, we’ll have
coffee at the nearby Rowhome Coffee. Rain cancels. Text John Randolph at
215-360-6603 with any questions.
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 none other
than ThePhiladelphia Orchestra!
Arrangement for Orchestra: The Philadelphia Orchestra and the Kimmel Cultural Campus Are CCRA Merchant Partners!
Strike up the Band! The Philadelphia Orchestra – yes, your Philadelphia Orchestra – is a CCRA Merchant Partner! (Let that sink in.)
it’s not just the Orchestra; it’s also events on the Kimmel Cultural
Campus as well for which CCRA members are entitled to a discount. As 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 Promocode of POCCRA. Purchase Link here.
For the Kimmel Cultural Campus it’s a 10% discount with a Promocode of CCRAKCC. Purchase Link here.
Please note that all available concerts are included in their respective links. See you there!
Clean, Safe and Green
Meow! Woof! The Strays Are Calling
hard to resist the clarion call of a stray cat or dog, but how best to
help? The good news is that there are plenty of options, from adopting
to fostering to volunteering with animal rescue agencies. Paw here for “de-tails”.
Yoga in the Garden
in time to watch the blooming of the Azaleas, the Fairmount Park
Conservancy has reintroduced “Yoga in the Park”. Yes, that means you can
connect with your practice most Sunday mornings in the beautiful Azalea
Garden behind the Art Museum.
Starting 4/16 at 10am, this one-hour, all-levels class will be led by a rotation of yoga teachers from Tula Yoga. Cost? Donation-based. What to bring? Your journey starts here. See you on the mat. Namaste.
April is Earth Day (Week? Month? Lifetime?)
To do your part for Earth Day, here are two local volunteer opps for you and the family:
Sat., 4/15 @ 9 am. Come on down to the Schuylkill Banks trail for Philly Spring Cleanup, a morning of trail beautification projects, including leaf collection, mulching, light pruning, and trash pickup.
4/22 @ 9:30 am. Celebrate Earth Day by planting street trees in the
neighborhood. Meet the CCRA Green Tree Tenders on Saturday, April 22 at
9:30 am at the entrance to the community garden at 25th and Spruce
Streets. No experience necessary! For more information, email Susan here.
officially Earth "Day" is Sat., 4/22, opportunities abound all
month….and beyond, to lend a hand for Mother Nature. For other fun
opportunities to engage with the land, dig your shovel in here.
Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
LGBTQ Films at SpringFest April 14 - 16
The Philadelphia Film Society is hosting a weekend film festival, “SpringFest,” at the Philadelphia Film Center. The
program will showcase seventeen titles, many in advance of their
forthcoming theatrical releases. Many have themes, actors and directors
related to the life and times of the LGBTQ community as well as women’s
empowerment. Philadelphia Gay News highlights a few “not to miss”. To see a list of all films visit here. Personally, can’t wait to see “Being Mary Tyler Moore”.
The Southeast Asian Market Returns to FDR Park
year the Southeast Asian Market will feature roughly 80+ vendors
representing different international cuisines. The market has recently
incorporated Thai and Indonesian vendors to produce an even wider range
of options for visitors.
market runs every Saturday and Sunday from 10AM to 6PM from April 1st
through October 29th. There may be the most vendors May through August,
as some vendors celebrate New Year in Lao,Thai and Khmer culture in the
spring, and many vendors take their trip back to Southeast Asia in the
fall. For more information, visit here.
You’re invited to Fringe Bar’s Grand Opening
is thrilled to announce the opening of their new restaurant, Fringe
Bar. Set on the Delaware River waterfront and located inside their
historical building, Fringe Bar is Philadelphia's newest
the opening of Philadelphia's newest art-focused, active, fun space
April 13-16. This four-day weekend will feature food, fun, and the
contemporary performance art FringeArts is best known for.
The Philadelphia Citizen suggests, voting on Tues., 4/16, in
Philadelphia - the primary election - specifically, the Democratic
primary, largely determines who wins in the general election. You’ve
probably seen the long list of candidates for Mayor, but there’s a
cornucopia of races (City Council, Commissioners, Controller, Judges) up
for grabs, and four ballot questions!
Out Philly is a voluntary program that involves turning off and/or
blocking as many external and internal building lights as possible at
night, from midnight to 6 a.m., when bird migration is occurring during
the spring and fall.
are needed to identify injured bird species, drive injured birds, take
photos of buildings, and reach out to building managers to encourage
FlixBus adds Logan Square Stop to Intercity Network
one of the fastest-growing intercity bus services, has added new
intercity bus service to the Philadelphia metropolitan area with a new
stop in Logan Square.
is one of the most popular stops on FlixBus’ Northeast Corridor
network, and the intercity bus carrier offers four other stops in the
area including 6th and Market Street, Cherry Hill, Malvern, Philadelphia
Bus Station and now Logan Square. Stop here for details.
Get Street-Wise w/ Streets Department
the City of Philadelphia Streets Department, and then there’s Streets
Department, an independent outfit that leads monthly curated walks
around town which are organized around three themes: public/street art,
public space/architecture and independent art spaces. Upcoming events here.
“Parks on Tap” Returns
the next 25 weeks Parks on Tap will be traveling around the city -
popping up at a new location each week. Whatever the location, Parks on
Tap always offers the perfect backdrop to your day and evenings out,
while you enjoy the beautiful, warmer weather. For more information and
to get your pass, visit here.
Classical Music in a Classic Venue at the Powel House
Johan Hummel’s take on Beethoven’s “Pastoral” Symphony in the
sumptuousness of the Powel House this Friday. It’s all part of the
Early Music Series put on by the Philadelphia Society for the
Preservation of Landmarks. It’s an evening of Spring-inspired music, and
the details play on 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.