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  • 03 Feb 2022 1:04 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Mayor Kenney’s signature program has funded rec centers and pre-K. A new report raises questions about where the money goes.

    Philadelphia soda tax under fire: Who wants to see it end? - On top of Philly news (

  • 03 Feb 2022 12:49 PM | Anonymous

    I love to shop and for years my go-to stomping grounds were the plethora of stores along Walnut Street beginning at 18th and ending around Broad. Need is rarely a motivation for my used-to-be frequent excursions from one store to another. I say used-to-be because those fun, wonderful stores filled with new things to see, opportunities to play dress-up and squander time just because, are gone. Zara’s was the first major loss on Walnut, and that was before the pandemic and the riots in 2020, which seemed to kick off the beginning of a downward spiral. I still miss you Zara. 

    And now, it’s just sad. Walking along Walnut Street today is like being in a canyon of boarded store fronts, and sale, lease and rent signs. Goodbye Free People, Steve Madden, Ann Taylor, Loft, Ultra, Modell’s, Stuart Weitzman, Cole Haan, Monaco and too many more. 

    Next time my husband, Ben Zuckerman, is roaming the city taking photos, I hope he’ll find a host of new stores to showcase bringing Walnut Street back to its former shine! 

  • 02 Feb 2022 12:02 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    From a cheese lover’s delight at Di Bruno Bros.’ After Hours events to one of the most difficult (but most definitely worth it) reservations to get in the country at Talula’s Table, the following not-totally-obvious-but-oh-so-awesome spots are worth the effort to seek out.\

    15 Hidden Bars & Restaurants in Greater Philadelphia — Visit Philadelphia (

  • 01 Feb 2022 3:47 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Celebrate Black History Month with special performances, exhibitions and more...

    Things to Do for Black History Month in Philly for 2022 — Visit Philadelphia (

  • 01 Feb 2022 3:31 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    In early January, the Center City District (CCD) distributed a survey to Center City and University City employers to gauge their current stance on in-office and remote work, their plans for the first quarter of 2022, and factors they were weighing in making workplace decisions. The survey was distributed electronically between January 4 and January 21 to members of Central Philadelphia Development Corporation, CCD board member firms and was forwarded by the Building Owners and Managers Association to other downtown office tenants. A total of 250 companies and organizations received the five-minute survey and 114 (45.6%) responded. The respondents represent a broad cross-section of industries and workforce size in Philadelphia; collectively they employ approximately 24,700 workers. Center City and University City companies are continuing to adapt and remain flexible, while strongly valuing the importance of in-office work and a downtown presence.

    For a narrative of trends, along with explanatory charts documenting the survey results, download the 6-page report at-  Remote or In-Office Work? January 2022 Survey Results.

  • 01 Feb 2022 2:55 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    The Lunar New Year is the shift into a new year according to the Lunar calendar. The holiday and celebrations take place during the first 15 days of the first month in the calendar, this year kicking off on Tuesday, February 1st. Although the holiday is commonly known as Chinese New Year, it is widely celebrated across Asia in countries such as Korea, Vietnam, and the Philippines. Traditions and names vary across the participating countries.

    Happy Lunar New Year: 5 Things to Know | Columbia University School of Professional Studies

  • 25 Jan 2022 9:59 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    On Monday, January 24, CCRA sent letters to Council President Darrell Clark, and Councilmembers Kenyatta John and Curtis Jones, supporting the street name change from Taney St. to LeCount St. 

    You can read the letter here.  

  • 24 Jan 2022 1:56 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Throughout the pandemic, the Health Department has updated its guidance based on the latest science, the latest CDC recommendations, and what’s actually happening in Philadelphia. There have been a lot of questions about how to keep students and staff safe in schools, especially as we learn more about COVID and the latest variant.

    We know that this is one of the most stressful times of the pandemic, and we all want our children to be safe. We will continue to look for ways to beat back this pandemic, to keep our children safe, and to come through this together.

    In addition to following this guidance detailed below, the best way to keep our children safe is by getting them, and ourselves vaccinated. Anyone who is eligible should be vaccinated and receive all recommended doses.

    COVID Guidance for Schools

  • 24 Jan 2022 1:51 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    In honor of Black History Month, The Mayor’s Office of Black Male Engagement is excited to host our 3rd Annual Black Generational Wealth series for the bi-monthly My Brother’s Keeper Action Academy, a national program established by President Obama to dismantle systems of inequality and close opportunity gaps for boys and young men of color. 

    This series is structured into weekly financial empowerment events held throughout February 2022 to empower Black men and their allies with the tools and resources necessary to obtain and maintain generational wealth.  

    This series will hold 4 different workshops covering topics like financial literacy, accessing City resources and initiatives, entrepreneurship, and transferring wealth.  These seminars will feature local business leaders, financial experts, and City officials with a wealth of experience and insight.  

    Get more details and sign up for the Black Generational Wealth Series below!

    Black Generational Wealth Series 2022

  • 21 Jan 2022 12:10 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    We would like to hear from our members! Please take this very brief survey and let us know your thoughts, so that we may improve on this popular membership benefit program. Thanks much!

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