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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  • Sara Hirschler
    signed 2019-04-10 10:13:42 -0400
    Sara Hirschler
  • Peter Hecht
    signed 2019-04-09 21:26:05 -0400
    Peter R Hecht
  • Everett Wilde
    signed 2019-04-09 21:22:55 -0400
    The culture of the Italian Market is crucial to the neighborhood, the community and the business sector. Development can be good for those stake holders, but it should accommodate the culture – not vice versa.
  • Dustin Dove
    signed 2019-04-09 17:11:37 -0400
  • Dan Weber
    signed 2019-04-09 16:32:37 -0400
  • Stephanie Simon
    signed 2019-04-09 16:27:17 -0400
    Stephanie M Simon
  • Kristin Howard
    signed 2019-04-09 15:28:21 -0400
  • Reid Benditt
    signed 2019-04-09 15:10:43 -0400
    Reid Benditt
  • Abhijeet Goyal
    signed 2019-04-09 13:57:20 -0400
    Not even sure why this much parking is necessary. Philly oversupplies parking and undersupplies pedestrian options. We live in a city, not a parking lot with buildings in it.
  • Alison Roberts
    signed 2019-04-09 13:09:34 -0400
  • Debra Moresi
    signed via 2019-04-09 12:39:41 -0400
  • Lisa Guercio
    signed via 2019-04-09 12:37:29 -0400
  • Kim Tarquinio
    signed via 2019-04-09 12:21:14 -0400
  • Emily Davis
    signed 2019-04-09 12:15:24 -0400
    Emily L Davis
  • GianPaolo Guercio
    signed via 2019-04-09 12:10:55 -0400
  • Phyllis Guercio
    signed 2019-04-09 11:42:20 -0400
    STRONGLY AGREE THAT THE 9TH STREET ITALIAN MARKET SHOULD NOT HAVE DRIVEWAYS ON 9TH STREET.

    THE DRIVEWAYS SHOULD BE ON WASHINGTON AVENUE.
  • Allison Goldberg
    signed 2019-04-09 11:34:02 -0400
  • Phil George
    signed 2019-04-09 11:26:53 -0400
    julia koral
  • Michael Zuckerman
    signed 2019-04-09 11:13:15 -0400
    Michael Zuckerman
  • Lara Lechtenberg
    signed 2019-04-09 10:31:57 -0400
  • Julian Martinez
    signed 2019-04-09 10:22:53 -0400
  • Lisa Torrieri
    signed 2019-04-09 10:15:18 -0400
  • Maria Assanowicz
    signed 2019-04-08 21:02:25 -0400
    Maria Assanowicz
  • Eric Heidel
    signed 2019-04-08 10:33:24 -0400
  • Jacob Volanski
    signed 2019-04-08 09:02:53 -0400
  • William Friel
    signed 2019-04-07 11:05:44 -0400
  • Benjamin Frey
    signed 2019-04-07 00:39:24 -0400
    As a South Philadelphia resident and pedestrian shopper at the market, including to businesses below Washington, a driveway onto 9th Street would funnel too many cars along the block south of Washington. Any driveway should be onto Washington
  • Dorothy Kaplan
    signed 2019-04-06 20:28:53 -0400
  • Anna MacDonald
    signed 2019-04-06 18:18:15 -0400
    Reducing the overwhelming negative impact of excessive vehicles in this city is important. We should incentivize living car-free when possible in this incredibly walkable city. It improves life for everyone. At the very least, let pedestrians have the Italian Market.
  • Nancy Lo
    signed 2019-04-06 16:44:57 -0400