Mayor Kenney: Veto the Downzoning of Girard Ave.

We urge Mayor Kenney to veto Bill 210468 sponsored by Council President Clarke, and passed by City Council. 

Cities are growing their transit ridership and expanding housing options for people who do not own cars by facilitating dense development along transit corridors. Philadelphia shouldn’t do the opposite.

Against the recommendation of the City Planning Commission, this bill aims to downzone much of Girard Ave east of Broad Street, severely limiting economic and residential growth on one of Philadelphia’s major transit corridors.

Currently, much of this stretch is strip malls, gas stations, and parking lots -- uses that are inappropriate given its proximity to Center City and service by the 15 trolley, the Broad Street Line, and the Market-Frankford El.

We should not be limiting the number of people that can live, work, and shop along Girard Avenue.

By limiting denser buildings on Girard, the bill only pushes development pressure outwards into existing residential neighborhoods, increases car dependency and congestion, and robs our transit system of ridership.

Additionally, this bill will jeopardize the long-overdue Trolley Modernization program. If Girard Avenue is downzoned, ridership will surely continue to decrease, placing at risk federal transit grants that prioritize effectiveness.

Sign our petition today to ask Mayor Kenney to follow his Planning Commission recommendation, and veto this regressive bill.

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  • Sofía Cordero
    signed 2021-10-01 16:26:04 -0400
  • Cris Hinkley
    signed 2021-09-09 08:36:18 -0400
  • Ryan Van Dongen
    signed 2021-08-27 17:15:53 -0400
  • Michael McGettigan
    signed 2021-08-26 13:59:59 -0400
  • michael Kostic
    signed 2021-08-09 07:36:01 -0400
  • Tracey Cohen
    signed 2021-08-01 15:40:09 -0400
  • Chris Kucewicz
    signed 2021-08-01 00:09:24 -0400
  • Maureen Brown
    signed 2021-07-22 09:46:24 -0400
    These types of zoning overlays by Council members shred the previous planning documents. We need more housing in this city and we need to put in places that have good access to transit. Please veto this terrible bill.
  • Gavin chen
    signed 2021-07-19 14:12:56 -0400
  • Wesley Noonan-Sessa
    signed 2021-07-17 15:12:04 -0400
  • Ryan Cheng
    signed 2021-07-16 18:26:51 -0400
  • Ethan Diamond
    signed 2021-07-16 17:46:22 -0400
  • Julia Stone
    signed 2021-07-16 16:13:33 -0400
  • Travis Hess
    signed 2021-07-16 15:26:04 -0400
  • Frank Wilkinson
    signed 2021-07-16 15:16:45 -0400
  • Sandy Brubaker
    signed 2021-07-16 07:18:15 -0400
  • Rich Garella
    signed 2021-07-15 22:57:25 -0400
  • Olivia Walling
    signed 2021-07-15 19:31:15 -0400
  • Andrew M. Wilson
    signed 2021-07-15 17:17:58 -0400
  • Suzanne Hagner
    signed 2021-07-15 16:49:54 -0400
  • Greg Moore
    signed 2021-07-15 15:31:44 -0400
  • Nicholas LaRocca
    signed 2021-07-15 14:04:36 -0400
    Terrible idea. Girard has access to some of the best public transportation in the city.
  • Walter 321 S. 43rd St.
    signed 2021-07-15 12:59:15 -0400
  • Mary Harneu
    signed 2021-07-15 12:44:59 -0400
  • Ryan Post
    signed 2021-07-15 12:40:15 -0400
    For the quality of life in Philadelphia to improve, it’s absolutely necessary that people are able to live within walking distance to rapid transit. This will reduce the number of Philadelphians who feel they need access to a car, which in turn will make for a greener, more enjoyable city. There is no reason to limit the height of housing on a street like Girard which has frequent trolley access. The default to councilmanic prerogative in Philadelphia must end to reduce corruption and allow our city to improve.
  • Anne Argue
    signed 2021-07-15 12:40:06 -0400
  • Carol Urovsky
    signed 2021-07-15 12:26:02 -0400
  • Gail Massey
    signed 2021-07-15 12:18:55 -0400
  • Natasha Tabachnikoff
    signed 2021-07-15 12:11:41 -0400
  • John Caskey
    signed 2021-07-15 11:53:11 -0400