below is the story of the trash initiative conceived and created by
CCRA to address the trash situation in the Fitler Square neighborhood.
us, it’s a prime example of what a public-private partnership can
accomplish when working together in good faith for the greater
good. Each gives a little, all get a lot.
unfortunate that this sort of thing seems to have fallen out of favor
of late. The hope here is that the new and incoming Mayor and City
Council take the opportunity and creates public-private partnerships of
its own, in good faith and for the greater good.
You Spoke, and We Listened
back years, when CCRA leadership asked members what issues were
foremost in their minds, the issue of pedestrian trash was almost always
near the top of the list.
said you couldn’t find a place to put that coffee cup, soda can or dog
poop, other than on top of your neighbor’s trash or snuck into an
otherwise empty recycling container.
said you were tired of your neighbors leaving that coffee cup, soda can
or dog poop in your trash can or recycling container (especially and
most annoyingly right after trash pickup!).
told us that you were tired of the level of trash on our streets and in
our garden planters or window wells – all the things that lend a ring
of truth to the oft-muttered epithet: “Philthadelphia.”
listened, and now we acted. Over a year ago, CCRA formed an unofficial
“Trash Force” to explore alternatives for constructive action. We
gathered ideas and best practices from other cities and decided that,
despite local folk wisdom, street trash cans do not create trash. Street
cans give pedestrians options and concentrate trash in receptacles
that, if properly managed, can meaningfully reduce street trash.
worked with the Fitler Square Neighborhood Association to identify 12
priority sites in the Fitler/South Square/Rittenhouse area – roughly the
area from 18th Street west to the Schuylkill and Locust to South—and to
place a new city trash can at each. We sought support from Councilman
Kenyatta Johnson and with his help and the help of his staff we worked
out a plan that earned us the ear of the City. Streets Commissioner
Carlton Williams enthusiastically embraced the plan and, on May 31, the
City placed 12 cans wrapped with a distinct CCRA logo and messaging.
plan is for a CCRA employee to empty each can and replace the bags on a
regular schedule. We know that some cans fill up more quickly than
others, so the exact schedule will be adjusted until we get it just
right. The bags will either be disposed of by CCRA or, if the schedule
can be coordinated with the City Sanitation Department, the bags will be
tied securely and placed alongside the trash cans in time for normal
residential pick-up. We are also working with select businesses whose
customers and neighbors benefit from the trash cans nearby. These
volunteers will monitor the cans and assist our CCRA team by accepting
some trash bags into their commercial pick-ups. We will be giving “shout
outs” to those businesses who help keep our neighborhood clean.
12 new cans are for your use and enjoyment as you walk around our
beautiful neighborhood and to accommodate guests who enjoy our parks,
squares, restaurants and specialty shops. The cans are NOT for
residential trash. If you see people placing household trash in the
cans, politely suggest consulting the Street’s Department residential
pick-up schedule, and let CCRA know if problems persist.
is a pilot. We will be assessing its success after the first 12 weeks.
If successful, our approach will be used by the City as a model for
engaging civic groups throughout Philadelphia in a team effort to better
address the challenge of too much trash and too few convenient options
CCRA News and Events
Juneteenth Office Closure and Trash Collection
observance of the Juneteenth holiday, CCRA is closed on Monday, June
19. The office will reopen on Tuesday, June 20. All messages and emails
will be returned on Tuesday. In addition, no trash will be collected on
Monday, June 19. Collection will resume on Tuesday, June 20.
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 new
Merchant Partner1600 Spruce Street Home, Design and Gift.
transitional interior design firm and retail boutique, they are known
for their design work but also have custom items of all kinds available
in their store. They believe in supporting small, which is why all of
their custom furnishings are manufactured in the U.S. by small,
by all means stop by their retail boutique and shop their eclectic
collection of furniture, lighting, rugs, décor and gifts. And, to CCRA
Members: They are offering 15% off store-wide on ALL products and
services, including custom furniture, window treatments and more.
Clean, Safe and Green
For Earth’s Sake, Attend For Earth’s Sake
a 40-voice community choir that sings classical and contemporary choral
music, is proud to close its ninth season this Sunday June 11 with the
world premiere of Adam Silverman’s “Elegy for the Earth”, a powerful
setting of poems by Susan Gubernat that bemoan the harmful effects of
negligent human activity on the environment and the direness of climate
change. The program runs from 3 to 4:30 pm at the Salvation Army Kroc
Center of Philadelphia 4200 Wissahickon Avenue. Detailshere.
In Search of Zen? Look No Further Than “Ecotherapy”
“wherever you go, there you are”, come celebrate Spring with a peaceful
hike and mediation this Sunday at 9am at the Shofuso Japanese House and
Garden in Fairmount Park. Join Ecotherapist Krista Nelson and other
nature lovers for a guided hike and meditation. Details groove here.
Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
June Becomes Pride
celebrates Pride Month the entire month of June, with events and
celebrations everywhere. For a guide to all that, head here.
Cocktails for a Good Cause
Hospitality presents a special month-long fundraiser for four local
charities during Philly Gay Pride Month. Drink the rainbow with
Cocktails for a Cause at venues all around town. Each FCM location will work in unisonto raise funds for LGBTQcommunity programs during Pride Month. For deets, go here.
Community News and Events
Cinema al fresco: “Creature From the Black Lagoon”
fans, pounce! Come see the legendary atomic-age horror classic
“Creature From the Black Lagoon” at the equally legendary Laurel Hill
Cemetery (yes, a cemetery) this Friday at 8:30pm. Presented by the
Philadelphia Film Society, the details creep here.
Five New Plays, Free Admission at the Drake on June 12
Philadelphia Artists’ Collective presents its third annual New Ventures
Play Festival with five new works – none more than ten minutes –
inspired by the classics and based on the theme of “The Evolution of
Human Rights”. Admission is free, but tickets are necessary.
Soiree for Guitar and YOU at the Athenaeum This Friday
Take a break from the funk and zap of modern life by joining fellow classical-guitar lovers at the Athenaeum on S. 6th
Street for a concert soiree by award-winning guitarist Hao Yang. Ms.
Yang entered the Curtis Institute at age 16, and has studied with
Grammy-winning guitarist Jason Vieaux, among many others, and has been
invited to perform solo recitals around the globe. For tickets and
information, strum over here.
High Rise Conference Fills the Skies Tuesday, June 20
on high-rises? Would you like to know the state of the industry from
those who know it? Then “2023 Elevate” -- an all-day June 20 Center City
Condo Conference -- is for you. Put on by Community Associations
Institute, it will feature discussions of the “building envelope”, EV
charging stations plus a tour of the Art Haus Condominium (and, of
course, a Happy Hour). It all takes place at the Arts Ballroom at 1324
Locust Street. And CCRA members who mention that they saw it in CCRA This Week are eligible for a discount! Go here for more info, or contact Tony Campisi c/o firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free Organ Recital at Verizon Hall Saturday, June 17
heard him on the Wanamaker Organ in Macy’s, now join Peter Richard
Conte on the evening of June 17 for a free organ recital as he performs
beloved works on the famous Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ in Verizon
Hall. We’re talking Britten, Elgar, Barber, Strauss, Bizet and more! The
details sing here.