As we go to press on July 6 it’s now been longer that I-95 has been fixed than it was that it was broken.
and what’s also remarkable was the 24/7 level of cooperation displayed
between all levels of government and with SEPTA in getting the highway
back on its feet. Yes, Gov. Shapiro received the political credit and
Yes, he 100% deserved it.
All of which showed once again what can be done when all sides put their differences aside and pitch in for the common good.
CCRA News and Events
Friends in Fitler (BFF), a collaboration of CCRA and other Fitler
Square neighborhood groups is having an open-air meetup night on
Wednesday, July 12th at 7pm for neighbors interested in getting more
involved in creating community. We’ll meet at the picnic tables in the
Markward Playground plaza for light snacks and discussion about BFF
activities, goals and new possibilities.
neighbors are also invited to join with BFF member Friends of Fitler
Square Park for a bluegrass band concert in Filter Square Park on
Friday, July 14 at 6:30 pm; rain date Friday, July 28.
CCRA Public Zoning Committee
held its zoning committee meeting on Tuesday, June 27. You can find the
meeting on our YouTube Channel if you missed it. To see the report,
visit here. Remember to subscribe to our YouTube Channel for quicker notifications when our meetings are published.
Good Things DO Happen in Philadelphia!
Ever wonder why you live in the city? Look no further than here
to pat yourself on the back for making such a good decision. And it
only takes a few weeks of summer to reinforce the flexibility,
creativity, and free style of life which abounds here. Thanks, Board
Member and Streets Committee Chair Bill West, for his (and our)
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 PartnerPhilly Bike Tours!
Learn the Town in Style with New Merchant Partner Philly Bike Tours!
of the very best ways to get to know a city is to be led around town on
a bike by a friendly and knowledgeable tour guide, and when it comes to
doing so right here in Philly you simply cannot do better than new
Merchant Partner Philly Bike Tours!
Jonas and Shelly offer four great tours: Classic City Tour, The
Fairmount Park Story, Brewerytown and Murals and Art. And, if you
prefer… Private Tours! The bike, the helmet, the bottled water? All
Philly Bike Tours is perfect for newcomers, perfect for visitors and perfect for YOU, as CCRA members receive a full 20% discount on all tours.
Clean, Safe and Green
First Friday at Cherry St Pier Features Walk Around Philadelphia
for both a happy hour and a walk around town? Come to Cherry Street
Pier at 5pm on Friday, July 7 for “Walk Around Philadelphia," a citywide
public program that has facilitated the exploration of the city in new
and unique ways. Details here.
Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Overcoming Poverty is…..an Act of Justice
On July 18 every year, the United Nations marks Nelson Mandela International Day
and suggests that we make a difference in our communities. Everyone has
the ability and the responsibility to change the world for the better.
It’s a day to take action and inspire change.
Community News and Events
Bounceback: Good News re Wages, Jobs, Crime. SEPTA? Maybe not.
latest report from the Center City District reveals that Center City’s
population is now higher than it was pre-pandemic. Philly overall has
more jobs since 1990, and crime downtown is 13% lower than 2019. But
there are some warning signs re SEPTA, which is being affected by
diminished ridership and remote working. All the in-depth details here.
Prim Schoolmistress Meets Slovenly Loner - Movie Time!
a year of renovations which brought a new roof and new windows, the
Portrait Gallery in the Second National Bank of the U.S, located on
Chestnut St. between 4th and 5th, has now re-opened. The Second Bank houses the People of Independence
exhibit, which includes a permanent collection of over 150 portraits of
18th and 19th century political leaders, military officers, explorers
and scientists, including many by noted artist Charles Willson
Peale. Details live on here.
Carpenter’s Hall Re-Opens Following $3M Preservation Project
Christmas Eve 2022 arson fire and three million restoration dollars
later, Carpenter’s Hall successfully re-opened earlier this week. A new
temporary exhibition, Artifacts and Architecture,
premieres simultaneously with the reopening, and features archeological
artifacts uncovered during the preservation project. The re-opening
represents the capstone of preparations for the Carpenters’ 300th
Anniversary in 2024. Celebrate the details here.
Walnut St. Pop-up Cocktail Garden Shut Down for Code Violations
In the previous edition of CCRA This Week
we reported on the opening of Walnut Street Garden, an attractive
pop-up cocktail garden at 1708 Walnut Street. Unfortunately, the party
is over, at least short-term, as the Garden has been shut down by the
City due to code violations. Details can be found here.
over to Eakins Oval on weekends this summer to chill at the pop-up beer
garden. First concert is Friday, July 7, with festivities from 6:30-10
p.m. Enjoy a free concert headlined by Snacktime, Philly's brass-heavy
band that got its start performing on Rittenhouse Square during the
pandemic. For the full summer performance schedule, tune in here.
New Digs for Grad Hospital Area
YIMBY (Yes in My Back Yard) fans take note: Significant progress has been made in creating Innovator Village,
a large mixed-use development rising at 2401 Washington Avenue in the
extended Graduate Hospital neighborhood. The multi-building complex will
hold 82 total residential units, with a mix of housing types and two
different multi-family buildings (one with retail).