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ccra updates

  • 20 Jul 2017 10:00 AM | Wade Albert (Administrator)


    Even if there had been attempts by a jingling ice cream truck to lure them away on a hot night, it would not have deterred the long line of adults and children at Markward Playground at 5:30 P.M., Wednesday, July 12.  They were waiting for the much anticipated event - The Friends of Firefighters, sponsored by CCRA’s Education and Family Committee.

    For the third year in a row, Philadelphia firefighters from Engine 43, Ladder 9, at 2101-14 Market Street, parked their fire truck at Taney and Pine Streets and welcomed children of all ages to explore their world. The firefighters helped children try on their gear and sit behind the wheel of the fire truck and answered their questions. Just as their visit was winding down, the firefighters were called, and the engine had to zoom away, sirens blasting to fight a real fire.  Wide eyed kids and adults said it all!




  • 13 Jul 2017 11:26 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    July 12, 2017

    Contact: The Reverend Donna L Maree, Trinity Memorial Church: 330-766-5904

    What: Concerned faith leaders from Center City will gather at the tree on 18th and Lombard to pray and publicly challenge the act of hate perpetrated to instill fear in African Americans and in our city.

    Why: On Thursday, July 6, a noose was found hanging from a tree on the southwest corner of 18th and Lombard. This abhorrent act will not divide us. Though the hate crime was directed at our African-American sisters and brothers, it was also an attack on the values of tolerance and diversity upon which Philadelphia was built and that Philadelphians hold dear.

    When: On Thursday, July 13 at 6 pm at 18th and Lombard St., Center City friends and neighbors are invited to “take back the tree” through acts of love and prayer.  “We will make a witness of solidarity and concern for our sisters and brothers who are the targets of this hate crime, and we will make a statement that this sort of intimidation cannot be part of the city or the world we build together,” said Rev. Donna Maree, of Trinity Memorial Church at 22nd and Spruce Streets. (Rain date: July 14 at 6 pm)

    On July 20 at 7 pm a public forum will be held to educate and inform residents about the severity of this act of intimidation, and to offer the opportunity for everyone to talk about its effects. “We will demonstrate that we will not be silent in the face of racism or complacent in our response to a challenge to community,” Rev. Maree added.  The forum will be held at Trinity Memorial Church, 2212 Spruce Street.

    Interfaith clergy leaders of Center City Philadelphia meet regularly for conversation and to plan events to draw together neighbors in order to build a better community. The group represents Buddhist, Christian, Humanist, Jewish and Muslim traditions, drawn together with the Center City Residents Association.

  • 11 Jul 2017 10:27 AM | Wade Albert (Administrator)

    Emergencies:  In the event of an emergency or the need arises to have police officers dispatched to your location to take a report or address something happening in real-time on the street or inside of your building, persons are asked to call 911.  If you want to act as a complainant, please tell the 911 operator this and provide your exact location so that a police officer can meet you and take a report from you.

    Non-Emergencies:  Call 311 or the 9th Police District at (215) 686-3090.  If calling the 9th District, ask to speak with the Community Relations Officer, who is the contact at the station for any community issues that needed to be addressed.  In the event that the Community Relations Officer is unavailable, please ask instead for the Victim’s Assistance Officer. 

    Panhandling and Homelessness Issues:  Residents should not call the police department unless the panhandling is aggressive and/or someone is obstructing the sidewalks.  Depending on how aggressive the person is, this is typically not a 911 matter and the Homeless Hotline should be called instead at (215) 232-1984.

    Monthly Town Halls:  Captain Ritchie invites all residents to attend his monthly Town Halls, held at the 9th District Precinct (401 N 21st St, Philadelphia, PA 19130). Free parking is provided outside of the 9th District for anyone attending the Town Hall meeting.  To learn when these meetings will be held, go to the 9th District website.

    NOTE FOR ALL RESIDENTS:  The 9th Police District territory is very large, including some high crime areas, which often take momentary priority. The officers and staff of the police have many duties and obligations to all citizens who reside in, work in, or come to visit places located within City, including Center City.

  • 11 Jul 2017 10:06 AM | Wade Albert (Administrator)

    On June 14, 2017, CCRA’s Government Relations Committee held a public meeting with Captain Robert Ritchie from the Philadelphia 9th Police District regarding efforts to combat crime on the “15th Street Corridor” on 15th Street from Market to Spruce Streets. 

    At that meeting, Captain Ritchie reported the following:

    • He reassigned two (2) officers every Friday & Saturday night to the 1500 block of Latimer Street from 2:00 to 3:00 am. 
    • He assigned a sergeant in the area to supervise and monitor the two (2) officers. 
    • He has given specific instructions to the officers to ensure that everyone exiting the bars on 15th Street leave the area in a peaceful manner.  Any noise issues that arise will be addressed by the police.
    • He reassigned on the 4:00 pm to 12:00 am shift from Monday-Friday two (2) bicycle officers to the 15th & Locust Street area.
    • He has been attempting to secure additional off-duty officers from Thursdays to Saturdays between 10:00 pm and 2:00 am.  Private funding would be needed.
    • The citywide Narcotics Bureau made seven (7) narcotics arrests on the 15th Street Corridor from 6/13/17 to 6/24/17. 

    CCRA is extremely grateful for Captain Ritchie’s extra effort to protect Center City.

  • 11 Jul 2017 9:00 AM | Wade Albert (Administrator)

    Streets Commissioner Carlton Williams announced yesterday that temporary street closures and parking restrictions to accommodate street resurfacing in Center City would begin on July 10, 2017. The resurfacing work is expected to be completed by early August.

    The following streets in CCRA territory are scheduled for resurfacing:

    • 20th Street from South Street to Benjamin Franklin Parkway
    • Manning Street from 18th Street to 20th Street
    • Chancellor Street from 20th Street to 21st Street
    • Ranstead Street from 19th Street to 21st Street
    • Commerce Street from 19th Street to 20th Street
    • Delancey Place from 19th Street to 20th Street

    The resurfacing effort will be completed in three separate phases – street milling, the adjustment of manhole covers and utility boxes, and final paving.  Milling work will be performed between 7pm and 6am.  Milling of each street segment is expected to last approximately two nights per street.  Manhole and utility box adjustments will be scheduled during the day between the hours of 7am and 4pm, and are expected to last approximately one week per street. Lastly, operations for the final paving will be performed between 7pm and 6am.  The final paving of each street segment is expected to last approximately two nights per street.

    There will be parking restrictions in place to complete the work.  Temporary ‘No Parking’ signs will be posted in advance of each scheduled activity.  Motorists are advised to allow extra time when traveling around the work areas.

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