Fix South Broad Street

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South Broad Street should become a neighborhood boulevard, not an arterial for through-traffic.

Every Philadelphian deserves access to a safer South Broad Street. Whether you live or work on the street or simply travel through it on foot, by bus, by bike, or by car, South Broad can be made safer and more welcoming for all by enforcing existing parking regulations and by putting the median space to better use as either a landscaped median, a protected multi-use path, or some combination of both when PennDOT redesigns and repaves the street.

Sign our petition to Mayor Kenney for a safer South Broad Street

The median parking on South Broad is dangerous and vulgar, and yet no one has been willing to touch it for fear of political blowback. As Kenney himself has said, Broad Street median parking is "not a good thing" for safety. After all, the practice is illegal in the first place, and for good reason.

Mayor Kenney committed to a "Vision Zero" policy for street safety during his 2015 campaign, and South Broad is one of the most dangerous places for pedestrians in the entire city. Median parking plays an important part in that, and it's time to fix it once and for all now that everyone is formally committed to Vision Zero. 

The City should pursue a new initiative with PHS and other design groups to beautify and further improve safety on the South Broad median with planters, greenery, and more generous pedestrian space as part of his Vision Zero campaign. The Mural Arts median makeover for the DNC was a good start, but we know Broad Street's median can be even better, safer, and more welcoming, and not just during the occasional national event.

Want to help us win a safer Broad Street? Find your Registered Community Organization and contact them about how to join. Having trouble? Reach out to us at 5thsq@5thsq.org.

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  • James Kennedy
    commented 2019-01-09 14:07:50 -0500
    I strongly agree with enforcing the parking rules on South Broad Street, but I wonder why there isn’t any special attention to North Broad as well. North Broad Street is much wider and more dangerous than South Broad. I could see this through a bunch of lenses. On the one hand, I understand that even biting off South Broad as a goal is a big ask and hard to achieve. I also know it’s probably more likely that group members will have ties to South Philly than North Philly, and there’s a degree to which I think it’s positive that people are organizing something in their own neighborhoods rather than in a neighborhood that’s demographically very heavily African-American and may likely have its own views about how to use the street. But on the other hand there’s a level at which I think this leaves out those neighborhoods, and I think maybe the way this ought to be resolved is by contacting and supporting groups that already exist in North Philly that are concerned about street safety. What’s being done about this?