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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  • Alec Strang
    signed via 2019-04-04 15:36:16 -0400
    Terrible decision. Stop bowing to developers and do the right thing.
  • Lauren Beauchamp
    signed via 2019-04-04 15:32:15 -0400
  • Star Tiko
    signed via 2019-04-04 15:29:04 -0400
  • Morgan Harrington
    signed via 2019-04-04 15:12:48 -0400
  • Annie Donovan
    signed via 2019-04-04 14:31:02 -0400
  • Yasmine Alice
    signed 2019-04-04 14:03:46 -0400
  • Nina Martinelli
    signed via 2019-04-04 14:02:39 -0400
  • Sheehan Kovall
    signed via 2019-04-04 14:01:41 -0400
    I own a business and live in the Italian Market. This is a terrible idea and the entire proposed project is gross and very unItalian Market.
  • Andrea Jones
    signed via 2019-04-04 13:52:43 -0400
  • Heide Fraley
    signed 2019-04-04 13:39:47 -0400
  • Rev. Stanley Ianieri
    signed 2019-04-04 13:30:50 -0400
  • Anna Novikova
    signed via 2019-04-04 13:04:16 -0400
  • Chris Richman
    signed 2019-04-04 13:02:00 -0400
  • john romanski
    signed 2019-04-04 12:58:54 -0400
  • Diego Gallardo
    signed via 2019-04-04 12:58:33 -0400
    Diego Gallardo
  • Molly Jacobs
    signed via 2019-04-04 12:51:18 -0400
  • Robert Vocke
    signed via 2019-04-04 12:50:42 -0400
  • Carl Geiger
    signed via 2019-04-04 12:48:11 -0400
  • hugh griffis
    signed via 2019-04-04 12:39:17 -0400
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  • Melissa Kosmicki
    signed via 2019-04-04 12:32:40 -0400
    Don’t ruin the oldest outdoor market in the country!
  • Margaret Foster
    signed 2019-04-04 12:14:18 -0400
  • Jenn McCreary
    signed 2019-04-04 10:53:55 -0400
  • Carolyn Marvin
    signed 2019-04-04 09:12:04 -0400
    Prioritize pedestrians and community traditions over space grabbing community destroying cars. No more colonizing of public streets by developers.
  • Alejandro Franqui
    signed 2019-04-04 08:56:43 -0400
    Preserve the Italian Market for pedestrians, not cars!
  • Geoff DiMasi
    signed 2019-04-04 08:44:44 -0400
    An entrance on 9th Street is not necessary and will damage the Market. I know we can all work together to solve this.
  • Julie Snell
    signed 2019-04-04 08:08:14 -0400
    I urge you to prioritize people over vehicles and maintain the integrity of the public right of way on 9th St. A new building at 9th & Washington will likely be good for the neighborhood but not at the expense of the Italian Market – the driveway is appropriate on Washington Ave not on 9th St.
  • Debra Mosier
    signed 2019-04-04 07:51:51 -0400
  • Brad Bartley
    signed via 2019-04-04 07:02:02 -0400
  • John Reid
    signed 2019-04-04 06:56:21 -0400
  • Marcus Ferreira
    signed 2019-04-04 06:49:46 -0400
    Marcus P. Ferreira As a way out of this dilemma, eliminate the parking and then suddenly there is no need for damaging curb cuts on either important commercial street.