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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  • Liz Green
    signed 2019-04-02 07:36:46 -0400
  • Lori Chinitz
    signed via 2019-04-02 07:34:22 -0400
  • Dan Sigmans
    signed 2019-04-02 07:32:21 -0400
  • Anna Reed
    signed 2019-04-02 07:29:50 -0400
  • Max Morgan
    signed via 2019-04-02 07:22:55 -0400
  • Laura Cella
    signed 2019-04-02 07:22:24 -0400
    Please move the entrance to Washington Ave, it makes more sense for everyone!
  • Michelle Nutini
    signed 2019-04-02 07:18:06 -0400
  • Lauren Summers
    signed 2019-04-02 07:17:32 -0400
    Preserve what is special about Philadelphia by respecting our neighborhoods on the whole instead of just what’s good for new construction.
  • Christine Knapp
    signed 2019-04-02 07:16:47 -0400
  • Megan Webb
    signed 2019-04-02 07:11:58 -0400
  • Theresa Rose
    signed 2019-04-02 07:10:22 -0400
  • Susan Reiss
    signed 2019-04-02 07:08:41 -0400
  • Margat Kalalian
    signed via 2019-04-02 07:06:51 -0400
    Margaret Kalalian
  • Dena Driscoll
    @bikemamadelphia tweeted link to this page. 2019-04-02 07:03:01 -0400
    No driveways in the Italian Market! Will you sign the petition to keep 9th Street for pedestrians? https://www.5thsq.org/9th_st_curb_cuts?recruiter_id=223
  • Dena Driscoll
    signed 2019-04-02 07:02:34 -0400
  • Jennifer Shropshire
    signed 2019-04-02 06:52:22 -0400
  • Andrew Ortega
    signed via 2019-04-02 06:46:20 -0400
    Driveways would completely take away all future efforts to pedestiranize the market and would undo all the progress the market has made below Washington Ave . Currently Washington Ave is filled with numerous other driveways. If having auto access is considered vital to the project, it belongs on Washington Ave where the effect on the community would be less invasive.
  • Brian Moore
    @Bluefreak92 tweeted link to this page. 2019-04-02 06:40:31 -0400
    No driveways in the Italian Market! Will you sign the petition to keep 9th Street for pedestrians? https://www.5thsq.org/9th_st_curb_cuts?recruiter_id=446961
  • Brian Moore
    signed 2019-04-02 06:39:30 -0400
  • Caren Devine
    signed 2019-04-02 06:37:28 -0400
    No to the driveways on 9th street!
  • Sean Duffy
    signed via 2019-04-02 05:32:29 -0400
    I am 100 percent against this horrible proposal
  • Mark Kasten
    signed 2019-04-02 05:30:13 -0400
  • Natasha Cahill
    signed via 2019-04-02 05:16:16 -0400
  • Oliver Mellet
    signed 2019-04-02 05:01:49 -0400
  • Chris Hernandez
    signed 2019-04-02 03:42:37 -0400
  • Peter Verrecchia
    signed 2019-04-02 03:19:29 -0400
    No way!
  • Michael Miller
    signed 2019-04-02 03:01:43 -0400
  • Denise Eddis
    signed 2019-04-02 02:05:21 -0400
  • Scott Gross
    signed 2019-04-02 01:35:20 -0400
    No curb cuts in the market! Preserve what little pedestrian fabric is left!
  • Michael Shifman
    signed 2019-04-02 01:08:54 -0400
    Michael Shifman