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  • 30 Mar 2020 11:42 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    One of our members reported that her son was almost robbed. He was accosted by an armed man, in his 40's at 10 a.m. this morning on the East side of Broad Street, at the intersection of Pine Street.

    The man grabbed his arm and repeatedly said, "Give me the cash, give me the cash as he pulled a gun out of his waistband." When he said, "I don't have any," the man said "OK, we're going to Wawa at Broad and Walnut. Walk ahead of me." The son did so, and once at Wawa, began to open the door. The man, seeing an officer inside, tried to pull him away, saying, "You're coming with me." The son entered Wawa, and the man ran off.  He gave a description to the transit officer, who then ran down the street to give a description to the police who were down the block. Homeless men at Wawa were very helpful, pointing in the direction of the robber. They told the son that this was the second attempt at robbery that they had witnessed this morning.

    Be careful! Especially during this difficult time.  Be aware of your surroundings at all times.  Be safe!

  • 28 Mar 2020 3:51 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)


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  • 27 Mar 2020 12:17 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    The murals and hand-washing stations are now located at the Broad Street Ministry (315 South Broad St.), 839 South St., 2774 Kensington Ave. and the 1700 block of east-bound Vine Street. These visual representations of health and safety will continue to be a reminder for Philadelphians that containing this virus is of utmost importance—especially for those who can't self-quarantine during these trying times. Although these displays are temporary, the lasting effect they will bring is incredibly essential. 

    The artists behind this project include: Philadelphia-area public and gallery artist NDA, Rad Girl Artist of the Year in 2018 Nile Livingston, Cuban-Egyptian portrait painter Symone Salib and Costa Rican artist Dora Cuenca. All four have a vast range of talent and dedicated their skills collectively to make this mission possible. 

  • 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.

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