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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  • Janet Elfring
    signed 2019-04-02 13:16:28 -0400
  • Shani Ferguson
    @Ratphooey tweeted link to this page. 2019-04-02 13:15:48 -0400
    No driveways in the Italian Market! Will you sign the petition to keep 9th Street for pedestrians?
  • Shani Ferguson
    signed 2019-04-02 13:15:38 -0400
  • Mary Jo Harris
    signed 2019-04-02 13:12:40 -0400
    The development is too massive for the space. Totally out of character. But entering on narrow, congested Ninth Street is ridiculous! There’s more than enough room on Washington.
  • Robert Seeley
    signed 2019-04-02 13:10:43 -0400
    Robert Seeley
  • Casey Alrich
    signed 2019-04-02 13:07:48 -0400
  • Kristin Luebbert
    signed 2019-04-02 13:07:08 -0400
  • Jordan Konell
    signed 2019-04-02 12:57:53 -0400
  • Aaron Kaplan
    signed 2019-04-02 12:57:34 -0400
  • Kathleen Scanlon
    signed 2019-04-02 12:54:09 -0400
  • Sarah Mitchell
    signed 2019-04-02 12:46:07 -0400
    I support the multiuse building but keep the driveways off 9th St. It’s amazing how little consideration builders take for the neighborhoods. It’s bad business.
  • Gary Tumolo
    signed 2019-04-02 12:42:29 -0400
    The parking lot entrance needs to be located on Washington Avenue; not on 9th Street. To put it on 9th Street would destroy the look and feel of the Italian Market.
  • Maureen Brown
    signed 2019-04-02 12:39:15 -0400
  • Rhonda Moody
    signed 2019-04-02 12:23:08 -0400
    Don’t take away from this fabulous city heritage!
  • Evelyn Haas
    signed 2019-04-02 12:21:36 -0400
  • Kristin Dator
    signed 2019-04-02 12:20:20 -0400
  • Joni Lipson
    signed 2019-04-02 12:15:12 -0400
    This street is too busy with local and tourist pedestrians, including children, and auto traffic for additional cars feeding in and out of driveways.
  • Nina Simic
    signed 2019-04-02 12:12:21 -0400
  • Blake Larson
    signed 2019-04-02 12:07:44 -0400
    9th Street is a rare space that is important to visitors out for a stroll, as well as local residents like myself who frequent the space on foot for groceries and to eat out. The proposed curb cuts and their associated services impede this use, and in doing so, they damage the unique environment that makes the area such a nice place to live. I hope the professional designers will relocate these curb cuts for the benefit of current residents, tourists, and the future residents of 1101-1113 S 9th Street that we are looking forward to sharing this neighborhood with.
  • Jeff Kenney
    signed 2019-04-02 12:06:17 -0400
  • Paul Knese
    signed 2019-04-02 11:59:36 -0400
  • Chris Colameco
    signed via 2019-04-02 11:57:24 -0400
  • Clarissa Vermulst
    signed 2019-04-02 11:55:47 -0400
  • Sharla Russell
    signed 2019-04-02 11:55:30 -0400
  • Kate Wallis
    signed 2019-04-02 11:55:24 -0400
    As a mom who brings her baby in her stroller, I appreciate being able to walk straight up 9th!
  • Josepha Evers
    signed 2019-04-02 11:50:11 -0400
  • Clare Day
    signed 2019-04-02 11:46:16 -0400
  • Susan Shulman
    signed 2019-04-02 11:45:04 -0400
  • Donna Scheuerle
    signed 2019-04-02 11:43:30 -0400
  • Daniel Donovan
    signed 2019-04-02 11:42:21 -0400