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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  • Geoffrey Middleditch
    signed 2019-04-02 11:41:54 -0400
  • Gayle Morrow
    signed 2019-04-02 11:39:25 -0400
    PLEASE STOP DECIMATING OUR CITY!!!
  • Alec Peters
    signed 2019-04-02 11:35:56 -0400
  • Maya Gutierrez
    signed 2019-04-02 11:34:26 -0400
  • Suzanne Anderson
    signed 2019-04-02 11:33:44 -0400
    The Italian Market will become much less user friendly if this is allowed. It is currently easy to navigate for pedestrians and also for cars. I’ve been going to the Market for a long time. This measure will no longer make it convenient or enjoyable to shop, eat or attend events.
  • Andrew Porter
    signed 2019-04-02 11:26:21 -0400
  • Catherine Hofmann
    signed 2019-04-02 11:26:15 -0400
    Put the driveways on Washington where they belong!
  • Matthew McCaffrey
    signed 2019-04-02 11:23:43 -0400
  • Stefan Zajic
    signed 2019-04-02 11:19:17 -0400
    STEFAN C ZAJIC
  • Mary Leitch
    signed 2019-04-02 11:18:19 -0400
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    signed 2019-04-02 11:14:30 -0400
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  • Gail Massey
    signed 2019-04-02 11:11:42 -0400
  • Laura Brubaker
    signed 2019-04-02 11:10:55 -0400
    Just put it on Washington! jeez, asking for pedestrian prioritization should not be considered radical.
  • Stephen Wagner
    signed 2019-04-02 11:07:57 -0400
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