No Driveways in the Italian Market: Sign the Petition to Keep 9th Street for Pedestrians

Pedestrian priority is under threat in the iconic Italian Market, if Midwood Investment gets its way.

Will you sign the petition opposing driveways in the 9th Street Market?

On Tuesday, April 2nd, the Philadelphia City Planning Commission reviewed designs for the long-vacant parcel at 9th and Washington. Midwood Investment plans a 6-story mixed use building to include 2 driveways on 9th Street, undermining the pedestrian fabric of the 100-year old market.

Incredibly, Mayor Kenney's Planning Commission members and Street Department employees are strongly supporting the 9th Street driveway and are opposed to moving it to Washington Avenue. 

Why is this a bad idea?

South 9th Street currently enjoys uninterrupted sidewalks, without a single curb cut from Wharton to Christian. This otherwise handsome project badly mauls the streetscape on 9th Street, inexplicably citing its parking and loading access along the Market's commercial corridor. Rather than using the vehicle-centric Washington Avenue, the Midwood project would set a dangerous precedent and threaten any hopes of bolstering the pedestrian corridor. 

The project went to its first required Civic Design Review meeting before the Planning Commission on April 2nd, and was continued, so it'll be back for another meeting a month from then.

We need volunteers to contact Councilmember Mark Squilla and (politely!) ask him to do whatever he can to get the curb cut moved to Washington Avenue.

Email: mark.squilla@phila.gov
Phone: (215) 686-3458

We'll follow up with petition signers about the next Civic Design Review meeting date, and any actions to take in the meantime.

Please sign and share the petition to help alert more neighbors!

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  • Lau Sandez
    signed 2019-06-26 08:56:54 -0400
  • Christine Collins
    signed 2019-04-30 21:24:37 -0400
  • Jordan Zagerman
    signed 2019-04-24 09:54:05 -0400
  • Will Fenton
    signed 2019-04-22 22:34:47 -0400
    This is a ridiculous idea and needs to not be entertained whatsoever. It must be stopped.
  • Janet Lorenz
    signed 2019-04-22 13:59:37 -0400
  • Samantha Connors
    signed 2019-04-19 17:26:22 -0400
    I am so sick of watching this city cave to developers and corporate interests and losing the integrity of the city. What happened to the plan that came out a couple of years ago to invest money into the italian market, restore it and turn it into an all pedestrian open market on the street? That is an investment in the community that will grow small business and create a beautiful opportunity for growth. The proposed lot on 9th st is the complete opposite of that and will continue to push long term community members out of the neighborhood.
  • Camilla MacKay
    signed 2019-04-19 13:49:08 -0400
  • Amanda Collett
    signed 2019-04-18 15:06:03 -0400
  • Shannon Walsh
    signed 2019-04-18 14:47:39 -0400
  • R Perry
    signed 2019-04-17 21:53:23 -0400
  • Anthony Santaniello
    signed 2019-04-16 12:36:40 -0400
  • Carol Haufler
    signed 2019-04-15 04:03:09 -0400
  • Michelle Lopez
    signed 2019-04-14 14:53:56 -0400
  • Kerry Prichett
    signed 2019-04-14 12:18:07 -0400
    Philadelphia must start thinking like a world class city and think of what investments today will encourage economic and cultural vibrancy and growth.
  • Alessandra Yang
    signed 2019-04-13 11:08:48 -0400
  • Nancy Tancredi
    signed 2019-04-13 07:45:17 -0400
  • Daniela Pierson
    signed 2019-04-12 21:14:15 -0400
  • Alissa Thornton
    signed 2019-04-12 18:12:04 -0400
  • Carol Raskind Rance
    signed 2019-04-12 16:14:39 -0400
  • Mark Del Rossi
    signed 2019-04-12 14:58:11 -0400
  • Drew Kaiser
    signed 2019-04-12 14:36:52 -0400
    Italian Market should not have additional curb cuts on the sidewalk! In fact, Italian Market would ideally be closed to automobile traffic all the time (except for designated delivery hours), but especially on weekends when pedestrian traffic far outweighs automobile traffic, yet we give over 3/4 of the street to the least efficient mode of transportation.
  • Erin O'Brien Garcia
    signed 2019-04-12 14:35:03 -0400
  • Alissa Weiss
    signed 2019-04-12 13:32:30 -0400
  • Elisabeth Camp
    signed 2019-04-12 13:20:13 -0400
  • Eliana Yang
    signed 2019-04-12 13:16:53 -0400
  • Kevin Vernia
    signed 2019-04-12 13:13:39 -0400
  • Joe Guttman
    signed 2019-04-12 12:38:45 -0400
  • Rebecca Pasdon
    signed 2019-04-12 12:02:15 -0400
  • David Yang
    signed 2019-04-12 11:24:25 -0400
    I’ve lived here 20 years and it is a terrible idea. No driveways in the Italian Market! What are these people thinking? Certainly not about those of us who live here, that’s for sure.
  • Roberta Camp
    signed 2019-04-12 11:23:42 -0400
    Keep the Italian Market pedestrian friendly. No curb cuts for driveways!