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  • 24 Mar 2020 10:48 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Originally scheduled for March 25, 2020 at 7 PM, the debate between PA State Sen. Larry Farnese and Challenger Nikil Saval has been postponed because the primary has been pushed back from April 26, 2020 to June 2, 2020. Thanks to those of you who sent in questions; we will save them for consideration when the debate is rescheduled. We will keep you posted.

  • 22 Mar 2020 3:02 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney on Sunday issued a stay-at-home order for the entire city, his most dramatic effort yet to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.

    The order goes into effect Monday at 8 a.m. and prohibits public and private gatherings outside a single household, with certain exceptions, Philadelphia Managing Director Brian Abernathy said during a news conference Sunday.

    Kenney said the was forced to issue the order because prior guidance telling people to stay home to slow the spread of the virus was not having the intended effect.

  • 19 Mar 2020 2:34 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    It has been reported that earlier this week, the Wework Corp., where CCRA has its office, received notice that an employee at one of the business spaces tested positive for the coronavirus.  The last time the employee was in the office was March 11.  Until further notice, the building, located at 1900 Market St, is closed as Wework does a thorough cleaning and disinfecting.  No date has been set to reopen. 

    CCRA is operating with very limited services - which includes processing memberships. If you mailed your membership dues, it will not be processed until the office reopens. If you would like to speak with Travis Oliver please email him at

    SEPTA Services

    As of today, SEPTA will be operating on a Saturday schedule, 7 days a week until further notice.

    Stay Safe!

  • 17 Mar 2020 2:18 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Virtual Meeting Information

    Parkway Development's public meeting will be holding a live stream in lieu of an in-person meeting given the CDC's guidelines on gatherings on:

    Thursday, Mar 19, 2020 6pm EST

    • Meeting number: 740 405 265
    • Password: 3192020

    Join by phone for audio

    1-855-507-4171 --Conference dial-in number

    Access Code 215-665-7206# (Within the US and Canada)

    Public Comment will be accepted during the presentation and via email until March 30, 2020. Email public comment regarding this development to:

    Parkway Development--23rd and

    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 April 7, 2020.

  • 16 Mar 2020 12:43 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Mayor Kenney has ordered all nonessential businesses to shut down by today at 5pmOnly businesses classified as "essential" by the city, like supermarkets, gas stations, banks, post offices, daycares, and veterinary clinics, will be allowed to remain open.

    Because of the shutdown, CCRA will be operating on limited capacity.

    Membership cards and returned phone calls may be delayed.  During the shutdown, if you need to contact us, please use email,

    Stay safe.

  • 12 Mar 2020 4:32 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    At last night's board meeting, CCRA wrestled with what to do about upcoming public meetings and events in light of the spread of coronavirus. Looking at university decisions to close and hold class online, public safety advisories recommending that non-essential travel be curtailed, remote work encouraged and meetings be conducted via web based video services, and PPA's decision not to present at our Board meeting, we decided the following for CCRA's upcoming public events:

    Public Meeting -

    Re: Parkway Corporation's Proposed Commercial Building at 

    the corner of 23rd and Market Streets

    Originally scheduled for March 19 at 6:00 PM at Church of the Holy 

    Trinity at 1904 Walnut Street, the Applicant is working to create a virtual capability for the meeting. Please stay posted.

    Candidate Debate: Farnese vs Saval.

    This event will be live streamed on CCRA FB and YouTube pages on March 25, 2020 at 7:00 PM. Stay tuned for details.

    The 2020 House and Garden Tour is postponed. It will not occur on April 26, 2020. Sponsors and ticket purchasers will be contacted regarding refunds.   Tour stop owners will be contacted about a new date.

    CCRA Board meetings will be held via web based video service until further notice.

    The office will remain open, but WeWork is circulating advisories and deep cleaning (with subsequent closing) may be coming. CCRA operations should not be affected as we have remote working capability.

    I am sure we are operating out of an abundance of caution, but the one thing we know is certain, the coronavirus will get worse before it gets better, and social distancing is one recommended strategy to reduce its spread. I am most upset about postponing the House and Garden Tour --the Committee has worked so hard to capture amazing houses and gardens, and there was great enthusiasm building for the event. I hate to feel my world closing in, and that our beautiful, walkable, lively neighborhood will suffer as a result.  But until we know more, the board decided these measures were the best course of action. -  Maggie Mund, President


  • 27 Feb 2020 11:59 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    This edition of the CCQ, scheduled to come out next week, will be digital only. (It has always been available online). Having advertised unsuccessfully for an ad sales rep for the CCQ, which has been losing money for years, and taking a page from other organizations with online newsletters only, we decided to make this edition digital only. Please let us know what you think.

  • 27 Feb 2020 11:58 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    CCRA has appointed a former C.C.R.A. President, Wade Albert, Esquire, as Legal Counsel, replacing Stanley R. Krakower, Esquire, C.C.R.A.'s Attorney for the past 35 years.  

    A party will be given in Mr. Krakower's honor immediately following the Board of Director's meeting on Wednesday, March 11, 2020. Former CCRA Presidents and Zoning Committee Co-Chairs who wish to attend to honor Stanley are invited, but are requested to R.S.V.P. to Travis Oliver by COB Friday, March 6, so that the party planners can accurately anticipate the needs for the party.

    CCRA expresses its appreciation and thanks to Stanley for not only his outstanding quality legal services, but also for his personal dedication to the Association's members, and particularly its hard-working leaders, across these many years. We wish him continued success in his future endeavors.   Thanks for everything, Stan.

  • 18 Feb 2020 2:48 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)


    A new state law has paved the way for Pennsylvanians to have a more convenient and secure voting experience, starting with the primary election this spring. For the first time, voters can apply for a mail-in ballot without stating any reason. Some voters relish voting in person on election day, schmoozing with neighbors while waiting to cast their ballots. But the wait in high-turn-out elections, like the ones likely to be so this year in April and November, could be long - and that could make it hard for some to vote, especially folks with heavy family and work obligations. You no longer have to be infirm or absent from the district on election day to vote by mail.  For more information, click here.

  • 23 Jan 2020 10:59 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    A significant part of CCRA’s mission is to advocate for a safe, clean, diverse, and supportive neighborhood.  As we listen to “the buzz” about the uptick in violence and homelessness, we want to be proactive and effective in our response. It was clear that there was a disconnect between the community and our Ninth District Police.  Homelessness seemed to be ubiquitous and violence was erupting around too many corners.

    The December 2, 2019 meeting organized by CCRA in response to neighbor’s concerns resulted in two action items for CCRA:  a member-driven task force would be created to help CCRA focus on solutions to local issues of violence and homelessness, and CCRA would go “on the record” urging Mayor Kenney and City Council to institute a “Focused Deterrence” model program to address violent crime.

    Fourteen members of CCRA met on January 16th as a kick-off to the formation of The CCRA Shared Public Spaces Task Force.  A lively and solutions based conversation ensued.  This group will help guide CCRA in “next steps” to address both local violence and homelessness. If you are interested in joining this “think tank”, please contact Travis Oliver, CCRA’s Operations Manager.

    In addition, the Board of Directors resoundingly supported a pointed letter of support for the “Focused Deterrence" program was sent to Mayor Kenney, as well as all members of City Council and the acting Police Commissioner.  To read a copy of the letter, click here.

    CCRA is intent on being the “Peopled Powered Voice of the Community”.  Please feel free to let us know your concerns about the functionality of our local government and most importantly, get involved as we work on creating local solutions to make Philadelphia an even better place to live, work and play!

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