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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  • Jonathan Feinman
    signed via 2019-04-01 18:55:45 -0400
  • Dina Zimbardi
    followed this page 2019-04-01 18:49:21 -0400
  • Gregory Schanne
    signed 2019-04-01 18:46:09 -0400
    Gregory Schanne
  • Joseph Kelly
    signed via 2019-04-01 18:44:18 -0400
    Joseph Kelly
  • Brenna Herpmann
    signed 2019-04-01 18:43:06 -0400
  • Jay Stuart
    signed 2019-04-01 18:41:24 -0400
    It only benefits the developer, in no way do the curb cuts enhance or help the neighborhood or city.
  • Travis Southard
    signed 2019-04-01 18:36:43 -0400
    South 9th Street should be a pedestrian only space from Christian to Wharton. More space for shopping, eating, and sauntering would be a marked improvement along this corridor. Driveways would be a shame and a waste on this street, and would be another thing to fix when the street eventually becomes the walking market it can be.
  • Laura Mark
    signed 2019-04-01 18:34:34 -0400
  • Jaynee Brosnan
    signed 2019-04-01 18:33:43 -0400
  • Aidan Jamison-Frank
    signed 2019-04-01 18:32:56 -0400
  • Jonas Maciunas
    signed 2019-04-01 18:32:29 -0400
    The Italian Market is one of our city’s iconic pedestrian experiences. A curb cut would diminish that experience, and endanger pedestrians in the sidewalk, by creating a new conflict point with motorists. Permitting such a curb cut would undermine the city’s walkable heritage and its commitment to Vision Zero.
  • Susan Patrone
    signed via 2019-04-01 18:30:22 -0400
    susan patrone This is not only a dangerous precedent it is dangerous.
  • Ryan Schamp
    signed 2019-04-01 18:29:47 -0400
  • Liam Goldrick
    signed 2019-04-01 18:23:25 -0400
  • stuart roberts
    signed 2019-04-01 18:22:06 -0400
  • Amy Cornelius
    signed 2019-04-01 18:20:06 -0400
    ABSOLUTELY! This is a pedestrian paradise-with the odd bus- NO DRIVEWAYS!
  • Amanda Feifer O'Brien
    signed 2019-04-01 18:16:36 -0400
    This is my neighborhood. A 9th street driveways makes no sense for 1,000,000 reasons, including that it will certainly impact foot traffic and pedestrian safety. No thanks!
  • Dave Brindley
    signed 2019-04-01 18:13:28 -0400
  • Daniel McGlone
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  • Claudia Archer
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  • Sarah Anton
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  • Amanda Gillern
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  • Thomas Cannizzaro
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  • Leonard Bonarek
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  • Christopher Gillespie
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  • Michael Shaffer
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  • Leah Reisman
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  • Brian Maccracken
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  • Jason Paluch
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  • Kathryn Cates
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