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PHS Tree Tenders; More Trees Please Fundraising

posted Sep 15, 2020, 11:14 AM by David Cardy   [ updated Sep 15, 2020, 11:17 AM ]

PHS Tree Tenders More Trees Please Fundraising

Logan Square PHS Tree Tenders is participating in the More Trees Please fundraising campaign with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society to help plant and care for trees in our neighborhood and 2,000 trees throughout the region this fall and spring. Our goal is to raise $30,000 between now and October 14. Our community has greatly benefited from these tree plantings, creating a healthier environment for our neighbors. I hope you can help support this important initiative.

If Philadelphia increased its tree canopy to 30% of its streets, it could prevent hundreds of premature deaths each year, according to a recent scientific study. The time to plant is now, especially because of all the new construction in our neighborhood and throughout Center City! Can you help us reach our goal by making a donation today? Every gift counts – no matter how big or small. To help Tree Tenders plant trees throughout the city and our neighborhood, visit  https://phsonline.org/ways-to-give/more-trees-please
 
I donated very generously to More Trees Please last year and will do so again this year. I know it’s the right thing to do and this cause is most worthy of support!  Thank you in advance for your generosity!
 
Ed Bogucki
Group Leader/Certified PHS Tree Tender Volunteer
Logan Square PHS Tree Tenders

LSNA Virtual September Meeting

posted Sep 8, 2020, 1:38 PM by David Cardy

LSNA September Board Meeting
Tuesday, September 8, 2020
7:00 PM

Meeting conducted virtually using Zoom
Meeting ID: 395 875 1329
Password: LSNA

AGENDA
6:45    Board Member and Attendee Login

7:00    Call to Order:
  • Quorum Report
  • Approval of May and July Board Meeting Minutes
7:05    Announcements
  • Membership renewals
  • Recycling and trash schedule
  • Museums reopen
  • Sister Cities Park reopen
  • PHS Flower Dividend September 12, 2020
  • Winter Street Greenway construction start
  • Special Meeting on Giant Food Store signage, Sept. 21, 2020 @ 7:00 pm
  • Newsworthy events & photo diary (Jim Fennell, Sean Kardon)
7:10    Representative Brian Sims (PA 182nd District)
7:30    Drew Murray

7:50    Lisa Deeley, City Commissioner on Election 2020

8:05    Mural Arts (tentative)

8:15    Consent Agenda

8:20    Zoning Report

8:30    President's Report
  • Parkway encampment update
  • Motorcycles & ATVs
  • Street/Traffic Study: 20th - 23rd Sts / Market St to BF Parkway
8:20    Zoning Report

8:45    Old Business, if any

8:50    New Business

8:55    Adjourn

Encampment Security Alert

posted Sep 7, 2020, 12:25 PM by David Cardy

SECURITY ALERT

As posted by the City of Philadelphia, the encampment at 22nd & the Parkway has received a 3RD AND FINAL NOTICE to vacate the property by WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 9 at 9:00 am.

Until this situation is resolved and for the safety and security of all residents in the surrounding neighborhood, please:
  • Avoid the immediate area at 22nd & Benjamin Franklin Parkway
  • Allow additional travel time for work, school and appointments
  • Monitor the news
  • Exercise caution and good judgement
The City of Philadelphia is monitoring the situation closely and is aware of our neighborhood concerns.

Sincerely,

Dennis J. Boylan
President
Logan Square Neighborhood Association (LSNA)

Winter Street Greenway Construction Starts Soon

posted Aug 30, 2020, 9:38 AM by David Cardy


Response from the Office of Homeless Services

posted Aug 30, 2020, 7:12 AM by David Cardy   [ updated Aug 30, 2020, 6:18 PM ]



 

Friends,

I've heard from many of you over the past months about the two “Housing Now” protest camps – JDT and Camp Teddy. We've been relatively quiet to honor the negotiation process with camp organizers, leaders, and residents. We've also met with neighbors in the area to hear their concerns. Dave Holloman and I have represented the Office of Homeless Services (OHS). The Mayor, Managing Director’s Office, and Councilmembers have all been involved. PHA leadership has joined us as well.

Frankly, we agree with their goal: housing ends homelessness. If we had more housing that people could afford, we wouldn’t have homelessness. Dave and I are in these jobs exactly because we want to end homelessness. That is our mission.

Given the judge’s order this week and the court debate that has divided like-minded people, we decided to share more about how the City has responded.

  1. Adding 900-1,400 new long-term housing units over the next 12-24 months, mostly using federal CARES ESG funds
  2. Piloting a Tiny House Village; expanding SROs, Shallow Rent, and Shared Housing programs
  3. Committing that no one who is in the COVID Prevention (hotel) Spaces will be returned to homelessness

PHA is making 62 vacant properties available to nonprofits for acquisition for people who are unhoused and/or have extremely low incomes. They have agreed to work with those who have occupied vacant PHA houses on permanent housing solutions and to reform their police force.

Click here to see the complete list of actions the City and PHA are taking.

OHS’s new investments in long-term housing are on top of $4.5M for homelessness prevention to help people safely avoid entering shelter, especially as the economic impact of COVID continues.

They maintain the City’s crisis homeless system at current capacity, a system that has proven itself to be more than capable of keeping people safe through the pandemic. Since March, we've sheltered over 6,500 people, provided 21,000 bed-nights, and served a whopping 879,000 meals. And there have been only 120 positive participant cases.

The network of nonprofit homeless service providers are unsung heroes who work tirelessly. They've continued to focus not just on caring for people in crisis, but on long-term housing solutions. That is how together, since March, we've provided long-term housing to over 5,600 people and enabled 558 people to move into permanent housing.

On the ground, our teams have engaged people at the protest camps who want to connect with them. As a result, over 100 people have chosen to come in, making the first step toward long-term housing. And we have not abandoned the other people on the streets throughout the City.

The protests have brought new attention to the magnitude of the suffering endured primarily by black and brown people and have moved the City forward. We are committed to working together with homeless people and their many advocates and supporters for laws, policies, and budgets that will make ending homelessness a reality.

Liz

Elizabeth G. Hersh
Director, Office of Homeless Services
City of Philadelphia

Trash & Recycling Pickup Delayed One Day for Week of August 10th

posted Aug 9, 2020, 7:24 PM by David Cardy

PHILADELPHIA - The Streets Department provides weekly updates to residents regarding the status of trash and recycling collection delays during the COVID19 pandemic.  
While trash collections have been on or close to a regular collection schedule over the last week, recycling collections have been significantly delayed as the Department prioritized trash collections to mitigate the threat to health and safety said Streets Commissioner Carlton Williams. Therefore, the Streets Department will collect this week’s trash and recycling a day behind the normal schedule beginning the week of Monday, August 10th. Residents should set their trash and recycling materials one day later than their regular day. The Streets Department will use Monday, August 10th to only collect recyclable material that has been accumulating curbside from previous weeks.  

Dine Out at Dilworth Park

posted Aug 9, 2020, 1:17 PM by David Cardy   [ updated Aug 9, 2020, 1:40 PM ]

Dinner at Dilworth Park, Wed. - Thurs, Aug. 12th - Oct. 7th
Support your favorite Center City restaurant by ordering takeout, and then bring it to Dilworth Park. You can purchase dinner from the Dilworth Cafe or Air Grille or bring dinner from off-site. To-Go cocktails are available from the Dilworth Park Cafe.

Local musicians will perform from 6-8 pm. Dine under colorful umbrellas next to the fountain.

Learn more about the unique downtown experience from DilworthPark.org.


Help Clean-up Schuylkill Banks This Saturday

posted Aug 7, 2020, 7:52 AM by David Cardy

As you may have seen, the river flooded the Center City section of the trail and greenway in many areas and left a decent amount of mud and debris for us to clean up. We are organizing a cleanup of the trail for this Saturday, August 8th starting at 10am. If you are available and want to help, please let me know.
Additional cleanup details: Please meet us under the Walnut Street Bridge. We will have tools and gloves ready. Please bring water, wear shoes and clothing you do not mind getting muddy, and please wear a mask.
See link for info and to sign up Schuylkill Banks Facebook Page.

Thank you!

Schuylkill River Development Corporation

MLK Jr Drive Rehabilitation Project - Virtual Public Meeting

posted Aug 2, 2020, 9:17 AM by David Cardy

Dear Stakeholder:


We hope you are well.


Back in March, we reached out to you regarding a public open house for the MLK Jr. Drive Bridge Rehabilitation Project. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 emergency, the public open house is being held virtually.


This public open house may be different than others you have participated in. It will be “open” from August 3, 2020 through August 21, 2020 – 24 hours/day, 7 days/week

To visit the open house you simply click on the link below and follow the instructions. You will be asked to sign in and then be directed to the meeting exhibits (there is narrative with each of the exhibits – it is the information that you would have received from one of the design team members). If you have comments about the project, please fill out a comment form. The best part about this meeting is that you can visit on your schedule (whatever time is convenient for you) and come back if needed.


The primary goal of this project is to replace the bridge deck to ensure structural integrity and to meet current design standards. The bridge is being widened to its maximum capacity to provide a side path for pedestrians and cyclists.


Public Open House Link:                https://www.mlk-bridge-rehab.com/


We ask that you please share this link and attached flyer with the members of your organization and anyone else who uses the MLK Jr. Drive Bridge.


Should you have any questions, please send an email to MLK.bridge.rehab@phila.gov.

 

We look forward to your participation!


Kind Regards,


Vadim L. Fleysh, PE

Chief Design Engineer

City of Philadelphia, Department of Streets,

Surveys, Design and Construction Division

Sister Cities Park Has Re-opened!

posted Jul 23, 2020, 11:28 AM by David Cardy   [ updated Jul 23, 2020, 11:34 AM ]

At the midpoint on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway between City Hall and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Sister Cities Park adds a picturesque swath of green to the heart of Philadelphia’s notable arts and cultural district. From here, panoramic views bring skyscrapers, historic cathedrals and museums into harmony, while the Sister Cities fountain, a unique representation of the world with Philadelphia at its center, is close enough for adults to touch and children to run through. The fountain’s 10 geyser-like spouts mark our 10 sister cities, each positioned according to its global relationship to Philadelphia.


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