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  • 18 Oct 2021 3:33 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Over the past decade, local tax reforms have made Philadelphia a better place to do business. What other changes to the tax code could lead to economic growth across the city? Could tax reform create a more inclusive and equitable COVID-19 recovery?

    The new Tax Reform Working Group believes that every Philadelphia neighborhood should prosper. They want to hear what you think about taxes in the city.

    Find out how you can participate below.

    Tax Reform Working Group

  • 14 Oct 2021 5:21 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Philadelphia became the first city in the country to pass a driver equality bill. Police officers will soon be prohibited from pulling over drivers for low-level offenses like broken tail lights.

    Philadelphia Passes Bill Prohibiting Police From Pulling Drivers Over For Certain Low-Level Offenses (

  • 12 Oct 2021 2:54 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    As part of our ongoing efforts to improve the neighborhood, the CCRA has enlisted Architect Tim Kerner in providing input/guidance in the form of good architectural standards and guidelines to the Office of Councilmember Allen Domb, who sponsored the bill to make Streeteries permanent.

    While CCRA is in favor of helping our restaurants and increasing the availability of outdoor eating, Kerner notes that the legislation proposes an extended donation of public space for the purposes of private profit and that we should not be doing so to the detriment of the urban environment.  Among his concerns are the specifics of the Streetery bill itself and outdoor dining guidelines in general.

    CCRA seeks a balance of good design, managing congestion, and preserving a non-intrusive ambient atmosphere while accommodating Streeteries. We appreciate the input of our residents while we work to strike the right balance.

    The City has published a document detailing guidelines for outdoor dining.  That document is available here.

  • 07 Oct 2021 3:49 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    On Sept. 17, at the behest of Council President Clarke, Bill 210669 (with its companion Resolution 210692) was introduced in City Council. The Bill calls for an amendment to the City Charter that would expand the number of members of the ZBA from five to seven; require that the ZBA members include an urban planner, an architect, a zoning attorney, an expert in real estate finance, and two recognized leaders from community organizations; require that all ZBA members have "demonstrated sensitivity to community concerns regarding development and protection of the character of Philadelphia neighborhoods;" and that all ZBA members must be confirmed by a majority vote of City Council (presently they are simply appointed by the mayor). Here is a letter from Council President Clarke explaining why he deems the proposed changes important.

    At its meeting on Sept. 27, the Philadelphia Crosstown Coalition, of which CCRA is one of the charter members, voted to ask Council to delay a vote on the legislation until it could be reviewed by the City's civics. On Tuesday, CCRA's Executive Committee voted to endorse the legislation in principle, subject to further discussions being moderated by the Land Use Committee of the PCC (Co-Chaired by CCRA's Steve Huntington). We will keep you posted.

  • 07 Oct 2021 2:19 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    The City has published a document detailing guidelines for outdoor dining.  That document is available here.

  • 30 Sep 2021 12:56 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    The attraction, which opened in November 2015, provided Philadelphia with panoramic bird's-eye views of the city from the 57th floor of One Liberty Place in Center City.

    Philadelphia's One Liberty Observation Deck now permanently closed, more conventions returning to city - 6abc Philadelphia

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