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CCRA Zoning Committee Report
The Zoning Committee Report from the meeting on Tuesday, August 25, is ready. You can find it here.

The next public zoning committee meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 22, 7pm via Zoom.
The Drexel Building Eyed as Home of the Sports Betting Parlor of the Future
If six local businessmen have their way, the Drexel Building at 15th & Walnut could be the home of both Philadelphia’s largest restaurant and the sports betting parlor of the future. The venue, to be called “Bankroll”, would be a 24,000 square-foot restaurant, casino and entertainment venue. The location was most recently an LA Fitness, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. (http://bit.ly/3gMx5e9)
Temporary Streetery Report Form
In anticipation of more outdoor dining venues in the neighborhood (an effort supported by CCRA to help distressed restaurants citywide), L&I has created a from for citizens to notify them about concerns arising from the proposed new venues. You can find the form here. Once you fill out the form, forward it to centercity@centercityresidents.org and we will forward the form on your behalf. L&I will publish an updated list daily of proposed new outdoor dining venues and the form is intended to be submitted as a response within the next day. Please let us know if you have identified a problem which we can bring to their attention.
STOP!—Safe Travels in Our Philadelphia
STOP is a group that is dealing with the ongoing nuisance of ATVs and dirt bikes across Center City. These vehicles are creating huge safety threats and deeply damaging the quality of life for many Center City residents. This link shows a recent CBS report with comments from TOM AYERS, who originally mustered their efforts.

Please sign this petition to help voice your concerns and save the quality of life in Center City.
CCRA's President Maggie Mund joined Chef Yehuda Sichel and Rittenhouse Row's Sal D'Angelo at the ribbon cutting of HUDA, a new restaurant opening TODAY at 18th & Ranstead in our neighborhood. Chef Sichel is familiar with our neighborhood's great restaurant reputation and tradition, having served as Executive Chef and Partner of Abe Fisher on Sansom Street. So be sure to extend him a warm welcome.  
Community Info and Events
COVID-19 Updates
City continues to be in a "modified" green phase


Philly indoor dining resumes!


PA shares updates on COVID-19 Early Warning Monitoring Dashboard, county transmission levels, and cases traced to businesses.


Visit our special COVID-19 page on our website for more news and info.
Only 3 weeks left to complete the 2020 Census 
You (and everyone you know) can fill out the census at www.2020census.gov 
Census Facts: 
  • Did you know, completing the 2020 Census takes just 10 minutes, and will have an impact on the city for the next 10 years?  
  • If just one person is missed in the 2020 Census count, Philadelphia could face the loss of $21,000 in federal funding over the next ten years. If an undercount happens, the city’s capacity to meet the needs of its residents will be seriously impacted.    

Take action to improve your community and complete the Census! 
 
MaskUp! Philly Mask Usages Nearly Doubles
According to the city’s Health Department, close to 90% of people were wearing masks when exiting stores in the last week of August. 79% were masked just walking down the street in the second half of August. This compares with 45% for the month of July. This is in synch with case counts and positivity rate, which have been trending downward. (http://bit.ly/3hPow3v)
Four Seasons, Five Stars (A Philly First)
In a first for Philadelphia, the Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia at Comcast Center has received a five-star rating from Forbes Travel Guide. A prestigious honor, the five-star rating also applies to the hotel’s spa, which features 700 pounds of healing crystals in its walls in addition to an infinity pool.
Indoor Dining, Restaurant Week Collide
In what can be seen as baby-steps back to ‘normal’, indoor dining – at 25% capacity – returned to Philadelphia on Sept. 8, and following close behind is Restaurant Week, which begins Sept. 13 and runs through Sept. 25. Restaurant Week can be said to be running at 67% capacity, as 80 eateries will be participating, down from the typical 120+.
Peace Day Philly 2020http://www.peacedayphilly.org/events/ Free online programs:

CCRA Merchant Member Discount Program

Support 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.

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)
Veda Indian Bistro, 1920 Chestnut St (267-517-2001)
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)
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)
1900 Market St, Fl 8
Philadelphia, PA 19103
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