back on March 19, a CCRA Member placed a 311 call requesting repairs
needed to a section of pavement surrounding a manhole cover at 15th and
A month passed, nothing happened. Another month, nothing. You get the idea. It didn’t exactly look promising, but then Voila! Come July 19, not one but three emails arrive notifying that the work has been completed.
maybe the work doesn’t get done right away, or even soon. But calling
311 for quality-of-life or safety issues is not a waste of time. Pass it
CCRA/FSNA PILOT TRASH PROGRAM UPDATE
the request of the Fitler Square Neighborhood Association (FSNA), CCRA
undertook a pilot program to reduce the garbage littering our
neighborhood by placing additional trash receptacles throughout the
area. We researched the issue, talked to neighbors and concluded that 12
additional trash cans, placed by the City at locations identified by
FSNA but maintained by CCRA, would be a good pilot program. The idea was
that neighborhood waste, i.e. dog poop bags, carry-out plates, cup and
utensils, newspapers and the like could be accommodated in the
additional cans which would be emptied and relined the day before
regular city trash pick-up.
of the locations were quite successful and welcomed by
neighbors. Others less so, mostly due to the disposal of inappropriate
items including household waste, construction detritus and items like
mattresses and blankets. This caused the cans to quickly overflow. Even
when CCRA doubled the pick-ups, the overflows continued.
learned a lot from this. First, once-weekly trash collection is
inadequate to service the needs of the residents and visitors. Second,
some locations are preferable to others. Third, while we didn’t create
the extra garbage, we couldn’t manage the job of disposing of it with
enough frequency. As soon as we emptied the cans, they promptly filled
pilot program was initiated because our neighborhood residents
complained about street garbage, and we will not abandon our goal of
keeping the community a beautiful place to live. To that end, CCRA and
FSNA will survey
our neighbors for more input and then we will meet with the Sanitation
Department leadership to assess the results from the pilot and figure
out how we can work with them to meet the obvious needs for more and
better trash disposal in Fitler Square and surrounds.
pilot project was designed to test one solution to an expressed
need. Clearly we need to analyze what we learned and improve it. We
can’t serve our members’ needs without trying solutions to expressed
problems and learning how to improve them. We thank the neighbors who
provided constructive feedback. This issue will continue to get our
CCRA News and Events
Call it “Phlush” or call it a “Loo”: It’s Now Open for Business
After some delay, the City has finally gotten off the pot and opened the new public bathroom at 15th and Arch Sts.
The jury remains out on the subject at the moment, as opinions vary, and it’s very early. The Inquirer’s writeup can be foundhere. CCRA’s position on the subject can be found inthis edition of CCRA This Week.
technically not in CCRA’s catchment area, it’s certainly close enough
(only a block north), and so we would like to hear about any experiences
that CCRA members may have, be they positive, negative or meh. Please
send all comments to us c/o email@example.com.
Reminder to CCRA Young Adults (i.e., under 40)
forget about the Aug. 13 event at Holy Trinity’s “Open Hearts Café”,
the volunteer-run food and clothing ministry that serves our near
neighbors experiencing homelessness and/or food insecurity.
an opportunity to show your in-person neighborly support by
volunteering to serve meals and gather customized clothing packages (all
funded by a generous grant).
Then, socialize afterward in Rittenhouse and environs.
Again: Sunday, August 13, from 4pm-6pm at Holy Trinity Episcopal on Rittenhouse Square.
If you want to be a Young Friend and are interested in joining us, please email Travis Oliver.
Rock Out at Fitler Square
CCRA is the proud sponsor of an upcoming concert in Fitler Square, hosted by Friends of Fitler Square Park.
On Tuesday, 8/15 (rain date 8/22), come on out to Fitler Square to
listen to the tunes of Kamara, playing original, new flamenco,
ethno-jazz, some classic rock and 1970s pop/rock music. Who’s Kamara? Ed
Kamarauskas and his band KAMARA have been performing in our
neighborhood parks, restaurants, street fairs and bars for over ten
years. Listen up here for a preview.
The beat starts at 6:30pm, so grab some grub, a blanket, drinks and your friends for a rockin’ good time. Details here.
CCRA Public Zoning Committee Meeting
CCRA held its monthly zoning committee meeting on Tuesday, July 25. You can watch the meeting on our YouTube Channel. You can view the report here. The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, August 22.
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 PartnerEazy Computers & iPhone Repair!
conveniently at 2005 Chestnut, Eazy does it all: Computers (Windows and
Mac), smartphones, tablets… even game consoles. And not only are they
hyper-local, but they’re friendly, they’re fast, and they totally get
it: They understand your problem.
And as a CCRA Member what you
need to understand is that all CCRA members are entitled to a 10%
discount on all repairs. So don’t let the Tech Blues get you down: Take
it (to) Eazy!
Clean, Safe and Green
Going Mobile: New Calder Museum Coming to the Parkway
plans have been made available for Calder Gardens, the new museum
dedicated to mobile artist Alexander “Sandy” Calder. Situated on the
Ben Franklin Parkway across from the Barnes Foundation – with which it
is partnering – the Calder will measure 4,700 square feet and is
scheduled to open in 2024. Details here.
Clean Water Should be a Priority!
ends up in your spigot starts out in the creeks that feed our “hidden
river” as well as the Delaware. Interested in what you’re drinking,
i.e., the health and safety of Philly’s tap water? This Drinking Water Quality Report,
authored by the Philadelphia Water Department, gives us a thorough run
down of how water safely travels from the source….to your home. The
report focuses on Philly’s water sources, transit, and safe delivery.
Click here to chug more healthy information about your water system.
Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
LGBTQ History is Honored by a New Public Art Installation
Philly recently unveiled a stunning art installation project honoring the city's LGBT history.
The project features a series of beautiful photos that pay tribute to
the brave individuals who fought for equality and acceptance in the
city. The art project was a collaborative effort among the William Way
Center, Mural Arts of Philadelphia, and others. It was designed to not
only celebrate the city's rich LGBT history, but also to inspire future
generations to continue the fight for equality.
The art installation is located outdoors, at 11th & Pine and will run through October 31.
Community News and Events
Jazz Lovers Unite
Cafe Live is hosting a Jazz Jam for musicians and listeners alike. Stop
by the lounge area on Thursday, August 10 at 8:30 pm and enjoy house
band Emmanuel Ohemeng III & Perpetual Motion. After opening the
night with a few tunes, enjoy a lineup of independent musicians. Calling
all jazz performers! This is your chance to shine. Sign up and share
your passion for jazz with a supportive and enthusiastic audience.
Admission is FREE!
To make a reservation and guarantee a seat, clickhere or call 215-222-1400.
The Grass Will be Greener
news about town’s backyard….Rittenhouse Square. They’ve gotten a grant
from the Knight Foundation to help restore the “well used” lawns on
which we sit, play, have parties and just plain chill. The Friends of
Rittenhouse Square plans to restore every square foot of lawn over the
next four years. Can they do it? Not without your help as well. Want to
“cover” the space where your “bottom” sits there? Sounds like a plan.
And any amount given will be matched by Knight.
CCRA saved the Square once; let’s help do it again. For info on “butt…er” grass, step here.
What Went Wrong at Bankroll
no secret that Bankroll, the upscale sports bar occupying the former
Boyd Theater on Chestnut St., has scaled back operations and is looking
to bring in a new operating partner by the fall. But what happened?
How did a ballyhooed venue go south so quickly?
Opinions vary, but a good summary can be foundhere, courtesy Billy Penn.
OK Hot Chicken sets opening date in South Philly
five years serving a daytime menu of sweet and savory Indonesian
pancakes at 18th and Washington, the restaurateurs behind Martabak OK
are spicing things up with OK Hot Chicken, an evenings-only venture
operating out of the same storefront.
Streets Dept (not
the water folks, but the arts folks) tells us that a new interactive
public art project has popped up along the Delaware River waterfront,
providing us with a unique and immersive way to connect with the aqua
surrounds and appreciate nature’s beauty. Come see a series of colorful
pillars that blend seamlessly into the natural surroundings and feature
their own unique sounds, lights, and patterns. The concept? Connect with
the city in a deeper, more meaningful way, Namaste.
larger installation pieces are located at the piers at Race Street,
Cherry Street, Washington Avenue, as well as Pier 68. Nice day? Hop on
the bus to Penn’s Landing and go exploring along the “other” river.
Megaswing Coming to Philly
to be a kid again? Philadelphia will soon be home to the biggest swing
set in the U.S. for people of all ages. This new Skyline Swing will open
8/26, at the playground in FDR Park.
Journalists are calling this a "megaswing" considering it can hold up
to thirty people. Head down to South Philly and recall how to say