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: [email protected]
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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  • Sean Lawrence
    signed 2019-04-05 22:20:40 -0400
  • Leon Malloy
    signed 2019-04-05 22:03:02 -0400
  • Melissa Crispin
    signed 2019-04-05 20:58:16 -0400
  • James Tiedeman
    signed 2019-04-05 20:46:04 -0400
    This amazing piece of Philadelphia history that has endured for the better part of a century needs to remain accessible to pedestrians without the risk of turning vehicles into the proposed structure.
  • Jawad Pullin
    signed 2019-04-05 20:19:01 -0400
  • Melissa Kapustin
    signed 2019-04-05 19:45:54 -0400
  • Lawrence Kessler
    signed 2019-04-05 19:07:19 -0400
  • Steven Falkowski
    signed 2019-04-05 14:14:10 -0400
  • Joe Banks
    signed 2019-04-05 13:40:41 -0400
  • Meagan Cusack
    signed 2019-04-05 12:32:36 -0400
    This seems like a no-brainer! The only people who could possibly benefit from this are the developers. Everyone else in the community – including small businesses, pedestrians, and the like – will be negatively impacted. In the end, this does not bring revenue or beauty to the neighborhood and will instead bring long-lasting negative impacts to the area. NO DRIVEWAYS IN THE ITALIAN/SOUTH PHILLY MARKET!!!!
  • Rachel Hildebrandt
    signed via 2019-04-05 10:52:35 -0400
  • elizabeth moore
    signed 2019-04-05 09:42:21 -0400
  • John Tallarida Jr.
    signed via 2019-04-05 07:54:54 -0400
  • romy burkus
    signed 2019-04-05 06:30:17 -0400
  • Jean Steinman
    signed via 2019-04-04 23:00:14 -0400
  • Kaori Ikeuchi
    signed 2019-04-04 21:40:37 -0400
  • Alyssa Celentano
    signed 2019-04-04 21:15:00 -0400
  • Sarah Kunen
    signed via 2019-04-04 20:41:44 -0400
  • Danielle Brief
    signed 2019-04-04 20:41:41 -0400
  • Priscilla Hopkins
    signed via 2019-04-04 20:04:17 -0400
    Priscilla Hopkins
  • Elaine McDonald
    signed via 2019-04-04 19:25:09 -0400
  • Karsten Roberts
    signed via 2019-04-04 19:20:36 -0400
    I walk my family through the market on a weekly basis, sometimes more. Please keep driveways on Washington Ave.
  • Candace Gallagher
    signed via 2019-04-04 19:01:07 -0400
  • Holly Turner
    signed via 2019-04-04 18:24:50 -0400
  • Rebecca Franqui
    signed via 2019-04-04 18:02:54 -0400
  • Ali Perelman
    signed 2019-04-04 17:34:30 -0400
  • Garrett O'Dwyer
    signed via 2019-04-04 17:16:42 -0400
  • Karl Natanson
    signed via 2019-04-04 16:43:54 -0400
  • Anne Harrison
    signed 2019-04-04 16:20:19 -0400
    Please do not allow driveways on the Italian Market! Not only a pedestrian danger and eyesore, but also takes away yet another public parking space.
  • Lisa Flagg
    signed via 2019-04-04 15:44:53 -0400
    No driveways on 9th Street!