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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  • Cecilie Gaffney
    signed 2019-04-01 21:09:52 -0400
    Cecilie Gaffney
  • Andrew Litts
    signed 2019-04-01 21:06:32 -0400
  • Tanya Seaman
    signed 2019-04-01 21:03:43 -0400
  • Donna Bridy
    signed 2019-04-01 21:01:57 -0400
  • Simon Firth
    signed 2019-04-01 21:01:43 -0400
  • Morgan Hugo
    signed 2019-04-01 20:58:11 -0400
    I live in the market and love my neighborhood. We gotta keep it pedestrian friendly for folks who already live/visit there.
  • Michael McGettigan
    signed 2019-04-01 20:54:12 -0400
    Bad design, bad faith, bad for the future of the 9th Street Market. ALSO–it will be absolutely horrendous for the residents who think they will just glide out of their parking onto 9th Street. Their cars will stack back clear to the basement… and when they try to get in from 9th… they will trash the septa bus route.
  • Adrienne Hamilton
    signed 2019-04-01 20:49:52 -0400
    Use Washington Ave for entrance and exit
  • Matthew Woods
    signed 2019-04-01 20:43:13 -0400
    Washington Ave, not 9th Street.
  • George Conn
    signed 2019-04-01 20:29:23 -0400
  • Kaci Vecchio
    signed 2019-04-01 20:27:06 -0400
  • Patrick Devine
    signed 2019-04-01 20:25:34 -0400
  • Carrie Maria
    signed 2019-04-01 20:24:04 -0400
  • Joseph Patrone
    signed via 2019-04-01 20:22:30 -0400
  • Heather Calvert
    signed 2019-04-01 20:21:03 -0400
  • Andrew Simmons
    signed 2019-04-01 20:20:08 -0400
  • Laurissa Cardenas
    signed 2019-04-01 20:06:15 -0400
    I appose the curbcuts along 9th st in the Italian Market. The entrance and exit should be on Washington Ave where the current parking lot entrance is.
  • Kristen Jones
    signed 2019-04-01 19:57:45 -0400
  • Eric Neumann
    signed 2019-04-01 19:54:30 -0400
  • Eugene LaGreca
    signed 2019-04-01 19:49:24 -0400
  • Mary Jo Gumbel
    signed 2019-04-01 19:48:55 -0400
  • Joseph Bridy
    signed via 2019-04-01 19:45:05 -0400
    The Italian Market is a National and Inter-National historic treasure and it’s pedestrian retail and residential should be protected from needless and inappropriate planning and development as proposed by this development.
  • brandi pergament
    signed 2019-04-01 19:40:11 -0400
  • Kimberly Labno
    signed via 2019-04-01 19:39:03 -0400
    Kimberly Labno
  • Mike Gumbel
    signed 2019-04-01 19:36:07 -0400
  • Jason Sandman
    signed 2019-04-01 19:12:02 -0400
  • William Tung
    signed 2019-04-01 19:07:19 -0400
  • Joseph Tufaro
    signed 2019-04-01 19:06:42 -0400
  • Eugene Desyatnik
    signed 2019-04-01 19:06:26 -0400
  • Sean McKee
    signed 2019-04-01 19:05:38 -0400