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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  • Andre' Quain
    signed 2019-04-02 01:02:15 -0400
  • Sandy Kowalewski
    signed 2019-04-01 23:48:02 -0400
  • Graham O'Neill
    signed 2019-04-01 23:44:32 -0400
  • Leah Burton
    signed via 2019-04-01 23:31:06 -0400
  • Dan Long
    signed 2019-04-01 23:05:10 -0400
  • Edward Thorpe
    signed 2019-04-01 22:49:05 -0400
  • Joan Duckenfield
    signed 2019-04-01 22:42:36 -0400
  • Amanda Woade
    signed 2019-04-01 22:42:27 -0400
    I regularly use the Italian Market for my weekly shopping. Keeping it a pedestrian corridor will keep me safe while I, and hundreds of other residents and tourists, shop and eat along this historic area. I fully oppose anything that would bring more traffic onto this congested street and would endanger people.
  • Victoria Harris
    signed via 2019-04-01 22:23:59 -0400
    What is wrong with this city, honestly?
  • Janene Palumbo Hasan
    @mizpalumbo tweeted link to this page. 2019-04-01 22:19:23 -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=483450
  • Laura Carroll
    signed 2019-04-01 22:12:01 -0400
  • David Goldfarb
    signed 2019-04-01 22:07:52 -0400
  • Carolyn Dilbert
    signed 2019-04-01 22:01:46 -0400
  • Nicole Giniger
    signed 2019-04-01 22:01:31 -0400
    There are many festivals along 9th Street that exhibit the true essence of the market. The parking lot entrance should be on Washington Avenue so these festivals can continue. 9th Street is also a narrow street not well equipped to deal with a concentrated influx of more cars. Washington Avenue is better able to handle the capacity. It’s common sense.


    Plus the proposed number of units is too large for this location and there is not enough parking the number of units! The congestion is going to be horrific.
  • Janice Woodcock
    signed 2019-04-01 21:58:55 -0400
    The itslisn market is special. If you want to live near it, don’t wreck it with your driveways!
  • Kelly Piasecki
    signed 2019-04-01 21:58:46 -0400
  • Allyssa Schmitt
    signed 2019-04-01 21:53:28 -0400
  • Amy Sinden
    signed 2019-04-01 21:52:53 -0400
  • Rebecca Miller
    signed 2019-04-01 21:50:53 -0400
  • Nikolas Mondo
    signed 2019-04-01 21:47:46 -0400
  • Noah Goldman
    signed 2019-04-01 21:47:08 -0400
    The project adds nothing to the market. First floor tenant spaces are already available in the market and some have been unoccupied for years. Do you think a sprinkler system and new storefront glazing will attract new tenants? What COULD contribute to the market is office space. DiBruno makes lunch sandwiches, George’s just reopened; the market NEEDS a day life. Decades ago it may have been common for wives to go shopping during the day while their husbands are at work. Since those days supermarkets have extended their hours to account for evening shoppers. The Italian market has not changed. Therefore people must be there during the day. If workspace is created, developers get money from commercial tenants and the market thrives. If the developer builds more homes the tenant spaces will sit vacant, some for months or longer. It’s probably too late to comment on the hideous design, but it’s ugly. And the underground parking must come from Washington because 9th Street will be closer more often for celebrations like the Italian Market festival happening next month. It would be irresponsible to plan a curb cut in an area known for street closures. It would be irresponsible to set a precedent for curb cuts in an area known for street closures. It would alter in a negative way the character of the Market if a curb cut was installed.
  • James Beaver
    signed 2019-04-01 21:28:06 -0400
  • Alison Ercolani
    signed 2019-04-01 21:22:42 -0400
  • Allison Fegel
    signed 2019-04-01 21:21:20 -0400
    My family and I walk 9th St in and out of this area all the time. Please keep 9th St pedestrian friendly and avoid crazy traffic too.
  • Tanya Gidaro
    signed 2019-04-01 21:19:00 -0400
    I wish that I could volunteer, but I’m working.
  • Diana Ercolani
    signed 2019-04-01 21:15:46 -0400
  • Nick Stafford
    signed 2019-04-01 21:15:00 -0400
    Nick Stafford
  • Robert Baron
    signed 2019-04-01 21:11:15 -0400
    As a visitor, the fun of the Italian Market is its walkable! Like visiting a European city. Cars amongst the pedestrians would destroy that. Anyone who cares about tourism should be screaming about this.
  • Talmage Brennan
    signed 2019-04-01 21:11:15 -0400
  • Brian Ercolani
    signed 2019-04-01 21:10:55 -0400