recall that just after Memorial Day, CCRA rolled out its Trash
Initiative. The City deployed an even dozen trash receptacles throughout
the Fitler Square neighborhood at locations chosen by neighbors. CCRA
hired an employee to empty and replace the bags on a weekly basis,
funded entirely by CCRA member dues.
received favorable media coverage regarding the initiative, and word of
mouth and emails have been very positive. But it being a pilot program,
there were some hiccups.
a sense we were the victims of our own success, as the receptacles
proved very popular and filled up more quickly than anticipated. While
it was made clear that the receptacles are NOT meant for residential
waste, nonetheless some were used for that purpose, and were also used
for contractor waste. Additionally, people also put trash on top of
already-filled receptacles. (That’s an obvious no-no; we would ask that
folks use one of the many receptacles in the area that are not full.)
Again, these are NOT for household waste. Stick to the regular weekly
schedule for that, please!
welcomes your feedback and support. We continue to make adjustments
designed to improve service. The only way this pilot will work is with
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 spotlightSchuylkill Banks Riverboat Tours.
Rollin’ On the (Schuylkill) River with Riverboat Tours
Think you know the Schuylkill? Ha! Bet you don’t! Let the newest CCRA Merchant PartnerSchuylkill Banks Riverboat Tourssettle
the bet via one of their fun and educational riverboat tours featuring
spectacular views of Philadelphia. Learn about the past, present, and
future of the tidal Schuylkill River and its impact on Philadelphia.
Tours run on select Thursdays and Sundays from May through September.
charters are available depending on the operator's schedule. CCRA
members receive 10% off a riverboat tour of the tidal Schuylkill by
Clean, Safe and Green
How to Shop Both Smart and Sustainably in Philly
your money where your values are, as the saying goes, and if one of
your values is sustainability, the good news is that there are plenty of
ways to do just that, as our Friends at the Philadelphia Citizen amply
Philly: The Most Walkable City in the US. Take that, DC and NYC!
According to a recent study,
Philly is the most walkable city in the United States. The city's
grid-like street layout, wide sidewalks, and bustling
pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods make it easy for residents and
visitors alike to get around on foot. One of the best things about
walking in Philly is the city's rich history and architecture. With
landmarks everywhere, there is always something interesting to see and
explore. Plus, the city's many parks and green spaces offer a welcome
respite from the hustle and bustle of urban life.
great thing about walking in Philly is the food scene. From
cheesesteaks to soft pretzels to craft beer, the city is famous for its
delicious and diverse cuisine. And with so many walkable neighborhoods,
it's easy to find a tasty bite on the go.
of Philly’s food scene, the city has recently made history as the first
city beyond NYC and San Francisco to receive its own Michelin Green
Guide. This prestigious publication is known for its comprehensive
coverage of the world's top travel destinations, and Philly's inclusion
is a testament to its rich history, vibrant culture, and diverse
One of the standout destinations featured in the guide isMcGillin's Olde Ale House,
the city's oldest Irish bar. Founded in 1860, this beloved institution
has been a fixture in Philly's Midtown Village for over 160 years.
Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
A Juneteenth to be Proud Of
This past weekend, Philly made history once again by hosting the largest Juneteenth
parade in the country. Thousands of people from all walks of life came
together to celebrate the holiday, which commemorates the end of slavery
in the United States.The parade kicked off in the morning and lasted
well into the afternoon, featuring marching bands, dance troupes, and
vibrant floats adorned with red, green, and black colors, which
symbolize the African American flag. The atmosphere was electric, with
music blasting from every corner and people dancing and cheering in the
streets. The Juneteenth parade in Philadelphia commemorates the city's
rich Black history and commitment to social justice. As the birthplace
of American democracy, it’s fitting that Philly plays host to this
monumental celebration of freedom and equality.
Your Chance to Make Herstory
Tuesday, June 27 from 4-6pm, join PHILADELPHIA250 as local women
powerhouses share their personal experiences and insight on the
importance of leaving your own legacy. What? Another nonprofit you
haven’t yet heard from?
your intro: their focus is the 250th anniversary of our independence,
(which will occur in 2026 (duh)). Their mission? “To ignite the passions
of the people of Philadelphia with the revolutionary spirit of the
Declaration of Independence—to create a commemoration that is truly by
the people, for all people.” Check out their board…they all have LinkedIn profiles (just like most Philadelphians??).
Back to the conference: It’s herstory, it’s free; it’s the past meeting the future. Register and check out the speakershere.
Community News and Events
The Return of the Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival
is no stranger to hosting vibrant and culturally significant events,
and the Chinese Lantern Festival is no exception. Held annually at
Franklin Square, this festival celebrates the Chinese tradition of
lighting lanterns to mark the end of the Lunar New Year. Their
presentation is a feast for the senses, with brightly colored lanterns
of all shapes and sizes lighting up the night sky. Visitors can explore
the park's many installations, which include a 200-foot-long dragon, a
giant panda, and a towering pagoda. Many of the lanterns are also
interactive, allowing visitors to step inside and take photos. For more
information and to purchase tickets,visit here.
Cheers! A Guide to the Latest Imbibing Options
is officially here, and with it will come those hot-n-hazy days that
practically beg for liquid refreshment. You’ve no doubt got your old
standbys, but there are some more recent additions of note as well.
The Center City District “SIPS” program is in full swing. Bottoms-up here. “Parks on Tap” is coming to a park near you. Tipple here. And there’s a new pop-up cocktail garden – Walnut Garden – right in Rittenhouse. Knock it back here.
Irene Levy Baker Dishes Philly at the Library on Tuesday, July 11
any great city, Philadelphia has its known knowns but also its unknown
unknowns. Best way we know to fill in those gaps is with “100 Things to
Do in Philadelphia”, the authoritative go-to by our friend Irene Levy
Baker. What’s new is that there is now a Second Edition, and Irene will
be giving an Author Talk July 11 at the Philadelphia City Institute at
19th and Locust. All the details you need are here.
Fourth of July Starts Now!
now Welcomes America to Philadelphia for a multi-week Fourth of July
celebration. And this festival is no “shortie”! Read carefully; one of
the below events includes a FREE HOAGIE (ok, it’s just a Shortie, but
still…..). Here’s the lineup, in WaWa speak: