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.

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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  • Roberta Camp
    signed 2019-04-12 11:23:42 -0400
    Keep the Italian Market pedestrian friendly. No curb cuts for driveways!
  • Andrea Krupp
    signed 2019-04-12 11:23:41 -0400
  • Alexander Longo
    signed 2019-04-12 10:34:29 -0400
    Alexander T Longo
  • Stephanie Potter
    signed 2019-04-12 09:26:06 -0400
  • Michael Almquist
    signed 2019-04-12 09:17:08 -0400
  • Peter Bartholomew
    signed 2019-04-12 09:05:34 -0400
  • Thomas May
    signed 2019-04-12 08:33:13 -0400
  • Annie DiAntonio
    signed 2019-04-12 07:52:32 -0400
  • John Isenhower
    signed 2019-04-12 06:04:42 -0400
  • Cassidy Holahan
    signed 2019-04-11 22:46:02 -0400
  • g Zashin
    signed 2019-04-11 21:35:25 -0400
  • Mike Petrei
    signed 2019-04-11 18:13:32 -0400
  • David Girasole
    signed 2019-04-11 15:59:42 -0400
  • Laurie Norton
    signed 2019-04-11 15:58:59 -0400
  • Manny Dominguez
    signed 2019-04-11 15:39:48 -0400
    just close 9th street to all vehicular traffic….make it a beautiful pedestrian thoroughfare! time for this city to take a step in the right direction!!
  • Adam Bonin
    signed 2019-04-11 14:59:45 -0400
  • Dennis McCauley
    signed 2019-04-11 14:36:09 -0400
  • Jennifer Jones
    signed 2019-04-11 12:49:28 -0400
  • Ernie Mabrey
    signed 2019-04-11 04:09:51 -0400
  • Edward Thorpe
    signed 2019-04-10 22:44:35 -0400
    Don’t let short term private profit destroy a long term public amenity! Keep the Italian Market walkable!
  • Beth Finn
    signed 2019-04-10 22:12:27 -0400
  • Cindy Thornton
    signed 2019-04-10 20:45:08 -0400
  • Semyon Khokhlov
    signed 2019-04-10 20:38:37 -0400
    Semyon Khokhlov
  • Josh Hattem
    signed 2019-04-10 20:17:23 -0400
  • Emily Marker
    signed 2019-04-10 19:16:34 -0400
    This plan is totally unacceptable. I’m a homeowner in the neighborhood and would be devastated if this plan proceeds.
  • Maddie DeCerbo
    signed 2019-04-10 16:56:24 -0400
  • Megan Brown
    signed 2019-04-10 16:43:33 -0400
    This is a terrible idea! Keep the market pedestrian friendly!
  • Theresa Tirotto
    signed 2019-04-10 15:48:51 -0400
  • Florence Buckley
    signed 2019-04-10 11:59:44 -0400
  • Natalie Shaak
    signed 2019-04-10 10:14:14 -0400
    I believe the Italian Market is one of the best pedestrian focused areas of South Philly. Asking the developer to move the driveway to Washington Ave. not only keeps the aesthetic appeal of 9th Street but also will increase pedestrian and vehicle safety.