likely noted with dismay the unsightly, empty-lot eyesore at the 1706
Walnut St. location between Doc Martens and a trendy new sleep shop.
thanks to the efforts of both CCRA and the Preservation Alliance, that
eyesore will be bygone, as the site will eventually house a residential
building with retail space on the street.
But what about now, you ask? It’s ugly now,
and in the middle of Spring, no less. No worries; the short-term
solution is to create a popup beer garden courtesy of local restaurateur
Avram Hornik. Latest ETA on the beer garden? Sometime this summer,
As our local sports teams have shown, a little teamwork and creativity can go a long way.
CCRA News and Events
How Our Garden Grows!
Green Tenders is partnering with Penn State Extension Master Watershed
Stewards to plant scores of shrubs and trees along the banks of the
Schuylkill River near Center City. The new plants will provide habitat
and improve water quality by controlling erosion and prevent pollutants
from entering the river. The planting is part of Keystone 10 million, an
initiative that is working to plant 10 million trees in Pennsylvania by
the end of 2025.
CCRA Public Zoning Committee Meeting
On Tuesday, April 25, CCRA held its Zoning Committee meeting. You can watch the meeting on our YouTube Channel.
Check our website to review the report when it's ready.
The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 23.
Zoning Committee is Looking for New Members
Do you love this neighborhood? Do you care what it develops into?
fellow Center City residents on the Zoning Committee to address this.
Responsibilities include meeting once a month and reviewing zoning
cases. A background in design, preservation, law, or development is
helpful, but not required. What is required is a true interest in Center
City's built environment and a willingness to engage in productive,
focused discussions. We provide training on zoning (i.e., what the
Committee can and cannot address). To apply, please send your resume and
why you are interested to firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you.
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 Merchant
Partner, theLoews Philadelphia Hotel, at 12th and Market Sts.
Everyone Who Knows Goes… to the Loews
to an architectural landmark and Philadelphia Savings Fund Society
(PSFS) building, the Four-Diamond Loews Philadelphia Hotel is a true
classic and one of the nation’s first modern skyscrapers, all within
walking distance of Reading Terminal Market, Independence Hall,
Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Barnes Foundation.
it’s more than just drop-dead gorgeous. At Loews Hotels, the community
is as much a part of their family as their team members. It’s beyond
mere camaraderie – we’re talking friendship, familiarity, goodwill and
kindness, one local business helping another, all of which translates to
a wonderful experience for their guests.
yes, there’s more: As a CCRA member, you are eligible for up to a 20%
discount not only for yourself, but for family, friends,
colleagues… pretty sweet! (Discount is subject to availability at time
So what are you (and your friends) waiting for? Gohere, then GO!
Clean, Safe and Green
Wissahickon Trail Classic Run Returns
its 14th anniversary – and after a 3-year hiatus – the Wissahickon
Trail Classic returns June 3 at Wissahickon Valley Park. It’s a unique
race experience that will see hundreds of trail runners from around the
region. Registration is limited as capacity is expected, so be sure to
sign up early here.
SOS: Night Owl Photographers Needed
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, to prevent birds from colliding with buildings.
amateur photographers are needed to take photos of buildings during
Lights Out season to identify those buildings with lights out and lights
on, label the photographs, and send them to Keith Russell at email@example.com
Schuylkill River Park Love your Park Day!
Saturday, May 13th, 2023 from 9am to 1pm.
will plant, sweep, weed, and tackle some projects at the Markward Rec
Center. Bring your kids! The Free Library is bringing the book bike and
will hold a story time at 11am.
Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Spring: Clean Out that Closet for Good
Through May 15th, Suit Drive Challenge
is collecting gently-used suits, ties, jackets, shirts, pants, polo
shirts, slacks, khakis, belts, and shoes to provide a professional
wardrobe to unemployed and low-income individuals – from laid-off
workers to recovering substance abusers, veterans, and returning
citizens. Suits go to The Wardrobe, a Philadelphia-based nonprofit
organization providing clothing to anyone experiencing clothing
insecurity, to overcome this barrier to advancement.
In our neighborhood, suits are being collected at 1701 Spruce Street and 1818 Market St., Suite 3232.
Pride Concert Set for June 3 @ Verizon Hall
Pride with the Philadelphia Orchestra June 3 at Verizon Hall as
Conductor Marin Alsop leads the Orchestra, the ANNA Crusis Feminist
Choir and the Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus in performances of Copland,
Tchaikovsky and yes, Lady Gaga.
Admission is free, but tickets are required. All info here.
return of Center City pedestrian traffic remains a continuing trend
according to a recent survey by the Center City District. Pedestrian
traffic now reports at 78% of pre-pandemic levels from Feb. of 2019.
Salient data points comparing April 2020 vs. February 2023:
There were 38.6K visitors as of April 2020; in Feb. of 2023, 190.5K
Non-resident workers: 25.8K in Apr. 2020; 87.9K in Feb. 2023
Office workers: 11% of Feb. 2019 levels in Apr. 2020; in Feb. 2023, 48%
there is still a way to go, the bounce-back is undeniable, and you can
help. To keep it going, invite friends and family into the City!
(Details of CCD report here.)
Don’t be Awkward – Party at Markward!
June 3 is the date, 7pm is the time and the newly-renovated Markward Plaza
is the place for “Party in the Park”, an evening of food, drink and
live music from Panama Street’s Panamaniacs. Plus: All proceeds go
toward park maintenance for the playground, dog park, tree care,
multi-purpose courts, Markward Rec Center and O'Connor Pool. So what’s
not to like? Early bird tickets are $50 each until May 3. Sponsorships
available. Details rock here.
Philly’s “Walk of Fame” Honors 2023 Inductees
all walked down Broad Street and reviewed the beloved musical names on
the Philadelphia Music Alliance's bronze plaques adorning the
sidewalk. The good news is that there’s room for more, as the 2023
inductees were honored recently along the Avenue of the Arts. Honorees
were: the Bacon Brothers (Kevin and Michael), DJs Patty Jackson and John
DiBella, “Hamilton” Star Leslie Odom Jr., vocal group The Tymes and
conductor James dePreist. Groove to the details here.
Bird’s Eye View of the Broad Street Run
This year marks the return of spectators to the Broad Street Run, happening this Sunday, April 30, starting at 8am. Yes, there will be the usual street closures (stopherefor
details), but hell, we’re into the spirit of things returning,
post-pandemic. That “spirit” doesn’t require you to train, sweat or hit
the wall - we’ve got the perfect locations for “cheer squads” to shout out from some great sideline spots.. Some even have live music or D.J.’s.
Hate crowds, but curious? We’ve even found the introverts ideal viewspot - your very own TV or mobile device - stream iton NBC10 or T62.
Rooftop Dining is Here!
dining season is here, and that includes….. rooftops. Whether you want
to eat or grab a drink, it’s all about that Rooftop experience. Click here
to see the latest bars and restaurants that offer either patio
or rooftop dining. Share your pics with CCRA and we’ll post them on our
social media pages.
Real Life and Fantasy Voting
you’re like us, you’ve had more than enough opps to meet the Mayoral
Candidates…..but the ballot is chock-full of other positions and ballot
questions. If you’ve ordered your mail-in ballot, it should be arriving
soon. Want to, but didn’t, yet? No worries; the deadline hasn’t expired.
To see your specific sample ballot, enter your addresshere. To hide until after the election, turn off your TV and ignore your “snail” mail. Works!
Played Fantasy Football? Now, try Fantasy Mayor, using the Committee of Seventy’s ranked-choice voting system. Shows you the impact that ranked-choice voting could have if implemented in Pennsylvania. We tried it. It’s fascinating!
Make Way for the “Ride of Silence”
international ride that honors bicyclists killed or injured by motor
vehicles, the 19th Annual “Ride of Silence” will be held Wednesday, May
17, from 6:45 – 8 pm. This ride will start at the North Apron of City
Hall with a short memorial ceremony and slow bike ride that will travel
an 8-mile route at 9.5 miles per hour through Center City before ending
at the Art Museum for a memorial bike lift. Lift the 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.