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News and Updates
Masks: We hate them but we need to wear them

Philadelphia continues to adjust to our "new normal." Let's face it, most of us don't like it. Businesses and residents had to change their way of life in order to adjust and stay afloat. And, for the most part, it was working! We're sending you a huge THANK YOU for doing your part. Thank you for letting us know which restaurants are open. Thank you for the kind words regarding keeping our friends and neighbors updated. But now, we may be in trouble.

Earlier this week, it was reported that COVID-19 infections have spiked in the area. Because of the this, Major Kenney has paused moving Philly into the "green phase" of some activities. Yesterday, Governor Tom Wolf made it mandatory for Pennsylvanians to wear a mask/face covering in public spaces. It's not just Philadelphia that has seen an increase of cases. Other cities and states have increases as well.

Whether or not we believe the virus "isn't that serious," we must do our part. We need to start thinking of others while in public. Remember to practice social distance, wash your hands, and please, wear a mask. We don't know when this virus will be contained, but in the meantime, we can work together and help flatten the curve.

Southern Land Company's Proposed Mixed-Use Building at 1608 Sansom Street
Virtual Meeting Information
Southern Land Company will hold a public live stream in lieu of an in-person meeting given the CDC's guidelines on gatherings on:
Thursday, July 9th, 2020, 7pm EDT

Phone Number:  646 558 8656 US

Meeting ID: 843 0114 6540
Password: 700717

A copy of the CDR presentation can be found here.

Public Comment will be accepted during the presentation and via email until July 11, 2020. Email public comment regarding this development to:
 centercity@centercityresidents.org  with "Southern Land Sansom Development" in the subject line. 
The presentation will be recorded and after the link is established (a few hours after the presentation is concluded) it will be circulated.
This presentation is related to the developer's appearance before the Civic Design Review board, currently scheduled for August 4th at 10AM.

Covid-19 Updates - Reopening Updates

- City pauses reopening phase: n ew COVID-19 cases continue to spike in Philly.  Therefore, the City has decided to postpone a full reopening which was scheduled for Friday, 7/3.  This means:
  • No indoor dining.
  • Gyms and fitness centers to remain closed.
  • No outdoor gatherings with excess of 50 people.
  • Teleworking is strongly recommended.
The City will look into reopening on Aug. 1.

A "Modified Reopening" will take place on Friday, 7/3.  Businesses that can reopen are:
  • Museums and libraries
  • Casinos with provisions
  • Outdoor gatherings with a max of 50 people.
  - SEPTA  All SEPTA services are running on their normal summer schedule.  Subways and Market Frankford lines have reopened every station.  The Regional Rail is running on a modified schedule (every hour).  
- Here's an updated restaurant list.   If you are aware of any changes, such as outdoor dining availability, please inform Travis.   Thank you all for your suggestions.

Visit our special Covid-19 page on our website for more news and info.
Congratulations to our new and incumbent board members!

Thank you CCRA members for voting!  We are happy to announce that, Michael Bowman, Tina Breslow, Richard Speizman, Harvey Ostroff, Benjamin Weinraub, and Benjamin Zuckerman, are on the board.  For a full list of our 2020-21 members,
Office Closure

In observance of the Fourth of July Holiday and to get our Operations Manager some much-needed time off, CCRA is closed from Friday, July 3, and will reopen on Monday, July 13.  

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For more information about neighborhood events, check out CCRA's Community Events Calendar
Community Info
Logan Square Neighborhood Association Needs Help

Our neighboring registered community organization to the north, Logan Square Neighborhood Association, asked that we distribute their petition to ask the City to clear the homeless encampment presently occupying the sports fields at 22nd  Street and the Parkway. (Von Colln Memorial Fields)   The Fairmount Sports Association is planning to start an abbreviated little league/softball season there on July 6. For more information on the encampment, please see the article here .

For more information and to sign the petition, click here.

A  Message from SOSNA:  A Historical Institution Flooded

(*Official photograph presented for the new exhibit for the 2020 Season "Marian The Music The Women & The Movement")

Our neighborhood's beloved  Marian Anderson Museum & Historical Society  has recently suffered from flooding in the basement of the Museum and is working to repair the damage. In addition, the Historical Society and Museum have been closed due to COVID and yet to receive any support loans or grants to subsidize their ongoing operational costs. Today, we're helping Jillian of the Museum to fundraise the costs incurred over this period, including the cost of the damage to the basement.

Petition to Rename Taney Street

The neighborhood is alive with efforts to decry America's racist past, as reported in the Inquirer on 6/22.  Protestors on Fitler Square's Taney Street expressed their commitment to change the name of the street, named after former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Roger Taney. Justice Taney wrote the majority opinion in
Dred Scott vs. Sandford, in 1857.  The decision held that Africans, enslaved or free, did not have standing to sue in federal court and that slaves were the property of their owners. Neighbors want the street renamed " to honor someone who has united the country rather than divided it, and who recognizes the important contributions of all Americans".

Click here to add your name to the Petition to Rename Taney Street

Free Virtual Tour at the American Revolution Museum 

Celebrate Independence with a Week of Free Virtual Experiences for All Ages. Saturday, June 27 to Saturday, July 4.

Fourth of July Live Fireworks Show Has Been Cancelled

The City spoke with the Inquirer and said the firework shows, " encourage people to gather in close proximity, which is not recommended at this time due to potential spread of COVID-19." Instead, the city will broadcast a recording of last year's fireworks display over the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the paper reports. You'll be able to tune in on TV and  online .
The Friends of Philadelphia City Institute Library (PCI) on Rittenhouse Square want to know why you love the PCI library. 

Now through July 4, 2020,we invite you to tell the world  I Love PCI Library Because... 

Participate by clicking here.  Library patrons of all ages are encouraged to submit any item from a few words to a picture that illustrates why you love PCI library. Your responses will be made into a slide show on PCI Friends website, and, once the library reopens, the slide show will be shown on the wall where the mural used to be.

Useful Links

CCRA Merchant Member Discount Program
S upport our local merchants and save money too. These local merchants will provide a discount  (described here)  to any member who shows a current CCRA membership card and personal identification.

Jason Matthew Salon , 1735 Chestnut St, 2nd Fl (215-665-8030)
Koresh Dance Company, 2002 Rittenhouse Sq St. (267-687-1769)
Nature's Gallery Florist, 2124 Walnut St (215-563-5554)
NextMove Dance - Get $10 off  Dance Performances with your CCRA Membership.  Members use  promo code SAVE10.
Philly Foodworks - Use the code "CCRA" when signing up for home delivery and receive a $20 discount on delivery charges.
Photo Lounge 1909 Chestnut Street (267-322-6651)
Twenty-Two Gallery, 236 S. 22nd St, (215-772-1911)
Raven Lounge, 1718 Sansom St. (215-840-3577)
Rim's Dry Cleaners & Tailors,2203 South St. (215-546-1889)
Rittenhouse Hardware, 2001 Pine St. (215-735-6311)
Ursula Hobson Fine Art Framing , 1528 Waverly St (215.546.7889)
Alimentari Restaurant at Di Bruno Bros ., 1730 Chestnut St, 2nd Floor 
Astral Artists - Use promo code "CCRA" to receive a $10 flat rate on all tickets to their concerts.
Di Bruno Bros. , 1730 Chestnut St, (uses separate card, see info  here )
Dom's Shoe Repair ,  203 S. 20th St (215-972-0098)
East West Acupuncture , 419 S. 19th St (415-758-1057)
Eye Candy Vision ,  218 S. 20th St (215-568-3937)
Home Helpers Philly , 1835 S. Broad St., Ste 2 (215-334-2600)
Good Karma Cafe , 331 S. 22nd St, (215-546-1479)