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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  • Amy Shelanski
    signed 2019-04-02 10:59:06 -0400
  • Dana O'Donnell
    signed 2019-04-02 10:58:19 -0400
    Dana O’Donnell
  • Todd Lane
    signed 2019-04-02 10:58:01 -0400
  • Steph Davis
    signed via 2019-04-02 10:57:59 -0400
  • Kari Collins
    signed 2019-04-02 10:57:41 -0400
  • Ben Finelli
    signed 2019-04-02 10:51:46 -0400
  • Dan Brown
    signed via 2019-04-02 10:47:19 -0400
  • William Piccinni
    signed 2019-04-02 10:42:40 -0400
  • Cynthia Crumlish
    signed 2019-04-02 10:29:25 -0400
    Cynthia Crumlish
  • Marilyn Peterman
    signed 2019-04-02 10:24:33 -0400
  • Martha Rich
    signed 2019-04-02 10:23:19 -0400
  • Stephen Taylor
    signed 2019-04-02 10:11:20 -0400
  • Zachary Serrano
    signed 2019-04-02 10:07:19 -0400
  • Lisa Chilinskas
    signed 2019-04-02 10:01:00 -0400
    Lisa Chilinskas
  • Hannah Spece
    signed 2019-04-02 09:59:17 -0400
  • Andrew Stein
    signed 2019-04-02 09:59:13 -0400
  • Victor Shugart
    signed 2019-04-02 09:48:13 -0400
    Our city is already congested, and we have a distinct history of being pedestrian-centric. Especially in the Italian Market, we need to preserve the walkability that is an integral part of the experience.
  • Samantha Kovnat
    signed 2019-04-02 09:47:07 -0400
    Samantha J Kovnat
  • Michelle Lee
    signed 2019-04-02 09:37:16 -0400
    I’m a South Philly neighbor who regularly shops on both 9th St and Washington Av for food and gifts. As a car owner, I want to state my firm belief that curb cuts on 9th Street are unnecessary and out of place for the neighborhood. CDR, I urge you not to ruin a historic, lively corridor!
  • Ruth Yaskin
    signed 2019-04-02 09:33:42 -0400
  • Michael Georgeson
    signed 2019-04-02 09:28:08 -0400
  • Emily Morton-Owens
    signed via 2019-04-02 09:23:45 -0400
  • Larry Goldfinger
    signed 2019-04-02 09:20:15 -0400
  • daryn edwards
    signed 2019-04-02 09:19:02 -0400
  • Jenna Ercolani
    signed 2019-04-02 09:18:50 -0400
  • Bill Grubb
    signed 2019-04-02 09:17:06 -0400
  • Melissa Braber
    signed 2019-04-02 09:15:20 -0400
    9th street’s integrity and the safety of its patrons would be comprised with the addition of driveways.
  • Don Knieriem
    signed 2019-04-02 09:10:21 -0400
    I walk this area regularly and cannot understand why they would choose to put the driveway on 9th instead of Washington
  • Celeste DiNucci
    signed 2019-04-02 09:07:25 -0400
  • Katherine Patrone
    signed via 2019-04-02 09:00:13 -0400