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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  • Mike Radyk
    signed via 2019-04-02 08:58:36 -0400
    Michael Charles Radyk
  • Eric Heydenberk
    signed via 2019-04-02 08:58:21 -0400
  • Cameron Kelsall
    signed 2019-04-02 08:55:37 -0400
  • Maria Moeller
    signed 2019-04-02 08:54:49 -0400
  • Kelsey Rich
    signed 2019-04-02 08:48:46 -0400
  • Dana Pavlichko
    signed 2019-04-02 08:48:41 -0400
  • Michael Ruzzo
    signed 2019-04-02 08:47:54 -0400
  • Hans Kellner
    signed via 2019-04-02 08:41:18 -0400
    Hans Kellner
  • stephen saxton
    signed 2019-04-02 08:39:17 -0400
  • heather vaughan
    signed 2019-04-02 08:38:48 -0400
    NO, to putting a garage entrance on the Italian Market!
  • Brian Kall
    signed 2019-04-02 08:38:05 -0400
    I shop often in the market and always walk up from my home. I often have my kids and a stroller. Please consider closing 9th street to car traffic on the weekends to make more room for us shoppers
  • Stephen Perrotti
    signed 2019-04-02 08:21:24 -0400
  • Chris LaPierre
    signed 2019-04-02 08:19:58 -0400
  • Joseph Celentano
    signed 2019-04-02 08:19:41 -0400
  • Brett Mapp
    signed 2019-04-02 08:17:52 -0400
  • Sarah Prasuhn
    signed 2019-04-02 08:15:36 -0400
  • Pete DeCarolis
    signed 2019-04-02 08:15:07 -0400
  • Michelle Wisnieski
    signed 2019-04-02 08:08:09 -0400
  • kaitlin obrien
    signed 2019-04-02 08:05:08 -0400
  • John Armstrong
    signed 2019-04-02 08:02:26 -0400
    The Italian market is for pedestrians, not cars
  • Maryellen Vaughan
    signed 2019-04-02 07:59:33 -0400
    No driveways in the Italian Market
  • Jacelyn Biondo
    signed 2019-04-02 07:58:56 -0400
  • Michael Tucci
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    Michael S Tucci
  • Cheryl Graff Tumola
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  • Erik Nelson
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