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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  • Laureen Ryley
    signed 2019-04-02 15:31:53 -0400
  • Robert DuPlessis
    signed 2019-04-02 15:24:53 -0400
    Shopping in the Italian Market is an experience of walking, looking, street crossing, stopping, going—all of it depending on pedestrian access and safety. Curb cuts for a garage and loading, and the attendant vehicles, would not just disrupt but would destroy what is one of Philadelphia’s signature experiences and one that people from all over the world enjoy and value. (This is no exaggeration; just ask out-of-town visitors who flock there along with Philadelphians of all ages, genders, races, and economic status. Do NOT permit this wholly avoidable disaster to occur.
  • Kerri Maloof
    signed 2019-04-02 15:24:34 -0400
  • Maria Galantino
    signed 2019-04-02 15:01:25 -0400
  • Erika Morgan
    signed 2019-04-02 14:57:03 -0400
    Erika Reinhard
  • Patricia Moore-Martinez
    signed 2019-04-02 14:51:16 -0400
  • Joshua Pongan
    signed 2019-04-02 14:51:12 -0400
  • Mark Robinson
    signed 2019-04-02 14:47:50 -0400
  • Jen Honovic Herczeg
    signed 2019-04-02 14:35:05 -0400
  • Monica Montiel
    signed 2019-04-02 14:28:22 -0400
  • Rob Kettell
    signed 2019-04-02 14:24:01 -0400
  • Richard Johnson
    signed 2019-04-02 14:18:01 -0400
  • Tara Taylor
    signed 2019-04-02 14:11:20 -0400
  • Maryann Marsella
    signed 2019-04-02 14:08:41 -0400
  • Emily Edwards
    signed 2019-04-02 14:02:35 -0400
  • Daniel Scholnick
    signed 2019-04-02 14:02:18 -0400
  • Gina Myers
    signed 2019-04-02 14:00:03 -0400
    Gina Myers
  • Margaret Turcich
    signed 2019-04-02 13:57:14 -0400
  • Scott Welden
    signed 2019-04-02 13:53:01 -0400
  • Jennifer Armento
    signed 2019-04-02 13:47:39 -0400
  • Karin Morris
    signed 2019-04-02 13:43:08 -0400
    No curb cuts on 9th Street!
  • Lauren Vidas
    signed 2019-04-02 13:42:47 -0400
  • Elijah Wald
    signed 2019-04-02 13:40:05 -0400
  • Marissa Perrone
    signed 2019-04-02 13:35:22 -0400
  • Loren Groenendaal
    signed 2019-04-02 13:28:30 -0400
  • Erik Dixon
    signed 2019-04-02 13:26:23 -0400
    Parking and streets down in the Italian Market are already kinda awful, I do not support any plan to increase auto traffic to the area. Run a bus.
  • Janet Barag
    signed 2019-04-02 13:26:14 -0400
  • Michael Warhola
    signed 2019-04-02 13:23:53 -0400
  • Rory Boyle
    signed 2019-04-02 13:21:07 -0400
    Rory Boyle
  • Sherry Olkus
    signed 2019-04-02 13:17:28 -0400
    Stop investors from changing our history. They are tearing down 100 yo brick buildings and replacing with cheap structures that will not last, most are already having mold problems and falling apart, and they are selling for $$$$$, rather than rehabbing, now they want to change the Italian market. This is our history, this is who we are. Its a shame that they can’t take tax money they are saving and invest in our educational system – they are too greedy for philanthropy. Do not change the Italian Market!!