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  • 06 May 2021 2:53 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Over that past year, we’ve felt deep collective grief that will forever bind us and define our place in history. While shaped by the pandemic, fear must not hold us back from realizing the immense power and potential we have together to reshape and redefine our economy


  • 06 May 2021 1:54 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Last week, as documented by CBS Philadelphia, South Street and its environs was the latest neighborhood to be invaded by a plethora of ATVs, dirt bikes and motorcycles, many of which caused havoc, extreme noise and frightened both neighbors and local businesses. Hosted by  Queen Village Neighbors Association, CCRA joined with over 35 local civic groups and business districts for an urgent meeting with city officials about stopping this plague on our city, post-haste.

    This online meeting took place on May 5 and was attended by over 1,100 citizens, as well as City Council members (Squilla, Domb and Green).  Also attending were representatives from the Managing Director’s office, Philadelphia Police Department, District Attorney’s office, and Streets Department. Moderated by Eleanor Ingersoll of QVNA, the goal of the meeting was to urge the city to create a fully funded action plan for curbing the abuse of our city streets and sidewalks by unlicensed and unregulated off road vehicles.

    Highlights of the meeting included:

    • Training and reallocation of police details to curb this city-wide problem, even with admittedly inadequate resources to effectively combat the problem.  More funding and training (police riding off road vehicles to pursue violators) is planned. 
    • DA’s admission that they have made very few arrests, as there are limited charges that can be brought, serious injuries are rare, and judges tend to only give probation as punishment.
    • City Council will be immediately considering clarifying legislation that will enable police officers to not only confiscate and destroy ATVs, but also other unlicensed dirt-bikes, etc.  Significant fines and penalties will also be added to deter conduct.
    • Streets Dept. is evaluating use of traffic calming devises and temporary street closures.
    • New federal dollars are available now.  Budget hearings are currently underway and more funds need to be allocated to deter this illegal, dangerous, and destructive conduct. It affects quality of life in the city and discourages much needed tourism.

    What’s next?   It’s clear that a comprehensive plan needs to take shape.  Some new ideas - a designated play park, requiring licensing of all motorized vehicles, L&I enforcement against illegal storage facilities, cooperation on a state and federal level. More intake operators at 911 will help responders act quicker. A review of what other cities are doing to combat the problem is also ongoing since this appears to be a nationwide issue.  A citywide follow up meeting is anticipated within the next 30 days to keep the city’s feet to the fire.

    CCRA will continue to push the city to create a well-funded and coordinated citywide plan to eliminate this scourge on our neighborhoods. Budget testimony has been prepared by CCRA to reflect the needs and concerns of our residents and will be submitted at upcoming City Council budget hearings.  We will keep you informed and engaged.  Let us know if you have other ideas that have not been considered…we will pass them along to our representatives.

  • 05 May 2021 1:27 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Philadelphia sports fans will soon get to cheer on their favorite teams and enjoy a meal at one of the city's most popular venues to watch a game.

    Sports fans rejoice: Xfinity Live! will reopen on May 18th (fox29.com)

  • 04 May 2021 3:39 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    [T]he Wolf administration, in coordination with the COVID-19 Vaccine Joint Task Force, announced today that mitigation orders except masking will be lifted on Memorial Day, Monday, May 31 at 12:01 AM. 

    The current order requiring Pennsylvanians to wear masks will be lifted when 70% of Pennsylvanians age 18 and older are fully vaccinated. Face coverings are required to be worn indoors and outdoors if you are away from your home. In accordance with the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance, fully vaccinated Pennsylvanians are not required to wear a mask during certain activities.  

    Wolf Administration to Lift Mitigation Orders on Memorial Day, Masking Order Once 70% of Pennsylvania Adults Fully Vaccinated (pa.gov)

  • 03 May 2021 1:42 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Restaurants and food businesses are coming out of the pandemic with yet another crisis: How to find workers. Some have gotten creative. Care for some Crabfries?


  • 03 May 2021 10:37 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    For a year, Center City has recorded alarmingly low rates of visitors and office workers. As vaccinations have become readily available and the weather has warmed up, people are coming back.


  • 03 May 2021 10:28 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Wednesday, May 5, 6pm

    Urgent Zoom scheduled with City Leaders to discuss the impact of the ever-increasing presence of ATVs, dirt bikes, slingshots and motorcycles of all sizes racing on our streets.

    At our Multi-Community Town Hall, sponsored by QVNA, we invite neighbors to ask questions of and hear answers from:
    * Councilmembers
    * Office of the Managing Director of Philadelphia
    * Philadelphia Police
    * The District Attorney’s Office
    * The Streets Department
    * The Department of Commerce 

    Click here to register

  • 29 Apr 2021 1:04 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    In response to the number of new COVID-19 cases beginning to fall in Philadelphian and the region, the Health Department announced a series of changes to the City’s Safer-at-Home restrictions.

    Beginning Friday, May 7, 2021, the following changes will go into effect:

    • For indoor dining
      • Capacity will be increased from 25%, or 50% if restaurants meet enhanced ventilation standards, to 50%, or 75% if restaurants meet enhanced ventilation standards.
      • Maximum table size will be increased from four to six, and there is no longer a requirement that everyone at the table be from the same household.
    • For outdoor dining
      • Maximum table size will be increased to 10, which is the state limit.
    • For indoor catered events
      • Important to remember that events like indoor weddings are the highest risk.
      • For the first time in more than a year, the City will allow indoor catered social events up to 25% occupancy of space with a cap of 75 persons total.
        • If case rates continue to fall, the City may increase that cap to 150 beginning  May 21.
    • Other gatherings and events
      • Indoor gatherings and events will be able to increase their maximum capacity to 25% of normal capacity and outdoor gatherings and events will be able to increase maximum capacity to 50%.

    In all of these situations, the Health Commissioner made a strong recommendation that anyone participating in these higher-risk and higher-density events should be vaccinated first.

  • 27 Apr 2021 3:03 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    People who are fully vaccinated against the Covid-19 virus don’t need to wear masks when walking, hiking, biking, running alone or gathering in small groups outside, federal health officials said, taking a major step to ease pandemic restrictions while encouraging more people to get shots.

    CDC Eases Mask Guidelines for Vaccinated People Outdoors (msn.com)

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