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  • 08 Oct 2020 10:46 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Tonight at 7:30pm, fire apparatus sirens will sound throughout the city to indicate the start of the citywide fire drill.  Philadelphians are urged to participate by putting their home escape plans to the test.  Homes should have smoke alarms installed on every level, including the basement.  If you need a smoke alarm, call 311 and the fire department will come install one for free. 

  • 08 Oct 2020 9:29 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Despite the pandemic headwinds plaguing the hospitality industry, the much-anticipated Hyatt Centric Center City Philadelphia opens in October. Situated at 1620 Chancellor St., the venue features 332 rooms, 22 of which are suites. The development has been five years in the making.


  • 07 Oct 2020 12:24 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

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    As businesses shuttered and illness spread across the country, we saw immigrants lose their jobs, and with that, their security, in a matter of weeks. 97% of the people we serve, primarily restaurant workers, are unemployed and searching for work. In response, we created the Garces Foundation Food Pantry. In partnership with local restaurants, we are providing boxes of food to support our local community. Since March, every week 800 immigrants have received a box of healthy and fresh food. With help from our community partners, team of volunteers, and donors, we have provided 4,739 boxes of food. Your contribution ensures that the Philadelphia region's vulnerable immigrant workers will continue to have enough food in 2020. Please consider supporting this important new program, which provides one week of food to a family in need. Donate by mail to Garces Foundation, 1901 S 9th Street, Suite #205, Philadelphia, 19148 or

  • 06 Oct 2020 4:39 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    To date, there have been more than 356 homicides and over 1,500 reported shooting victims in Philadelphia in 2020. Approximately 17 percent of shooting incidents (250 shootings) have been classified as fatal, and tragically, the City has now surpassed the 2019 end-of-year total for citywide murders. While many major U.S. cities are seeing similar spikes in gun violence, we maintain that one homicide is one too many, and that gun violence is entirely unacceptable.

  • 06 Oct 2020 11:39 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Volunteers needed for monitoring and maintaining planting beds and public spaces in Schuylkill River Park.  No experience or tools necessary, flexible time, at your convenience. This project is overseen by Friends of Schuylkill Park and Philadelphia Parks and Recreation. Please contact Joan Wells:

  • 01 Oct 2020 12:56 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Board member Dawn Willis will represent CCRA at the upcoming Public Safety Hearing examining the ongoing safety and noise issues created by ATVs and other unauthorized vehicles on City streets and the possibility of creating a space for safely riding in Philadelphia (Resolution No. 200442). The hearing will be held on Wednesday, October 7th from 9:30am - 12:30pm.  If you have particular issues you would like CCRA to include in our testimony, please email with ATV in the header by Monday October 5.

    If you wish to testify yourself, please send an email to to sign up by 3pm on October 6th. 


    This hearing will be hosted virtually via Microsoft Teams. Members of the public wishing to testify should indicate whether they have the ability to use Microsoft Teams, or whether they would prefer to be connected to the hearing via phone. Due to the volume of requests , testimony will be limited to three minutes to ensure that all members of the public wishing to testify are able to do so. 

    Members of the public who wish to view the hearing can do so on Council's website, on Channel 64 on Xfinity, and on Channel 40 on Fios. 

  • 01 Oct 2020 12:48 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    The StreetSmartPHL platform answers the question, “Are you Street Smart?” by connecting Philadelphia to near real-time information related to permits, paving, snow plowing, and daily trash and recycling collections. StreetSmartPHL is the City’s first online “smart” tool designed to give residents, visitors and businesses direct access to the Streets Department’s core services.

    Check it out!

  • 01 Oct 2020 12:17 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Restaurants in Philly will be allowed to expand indoor dining capacity to match state regulations. Will the increase be safe for customers and workers? Health officials say yes — as long as everyone follows the rules.

  • 29 Sep 2020 4:42 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    CCRA has been notified that an email is being circulate from our President, Maggie Mund, asking for gifts card donations.

    If you received this email DO NOT CLICK ON ANY LINKS.  Delete it immediately!

    Thank you.

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