Keep Signs OFF Historic Market East Buildings
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Keep Signs OFF Historic Market East Buildings

    1. Petition by

      Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia

Update: June 16, 2011

Councilman Frank Dicicco has amended the proposed bill to exclude historic structures!  Thank you for your support!

On Thursday June 16, Philadelphia City Council will vote on Bill #100720 to create the Market East Advertising District, which will allow large format signs to be placed on ALL the buildings between 7th and 13th Street along Market Street. The area includes four important historic buildings — the Lit Brothers Building, now Mellon Independence Center; the former Strawbridge & Clothier Building; the Reading Terminal Head House and the PSFS Building, now the Loews Philadelphia Hotel.

Proponents of the Bill say that the historic buildings are protected because they are all listed on the Philadelphia Register and owners would need Historical Commission approval for any signs of this type. While we would hope the Historical Commission would reject such signs, there is no guarantee it would. The Commission is a political body, appointed by the mayor and six of its members are City employees. 

The Preservation Alliance feels that even encouraging property owners to think they could put signs of this magnitude on these important historic buildings is a mistake. We are urging City Council to amend the Bill to state that: “Large format signs shall not be allowed on any buildings listed on the Philadelphia Register.”


Thank you for your support.

John Andrew Gallery
Executive Director

 Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia

 

To:
Preservation Alliance
Please amend Bill #100720 to state that: Large format signs shall not be allowed on any building listed on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places.

Thank You.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    • Bonnie Halda PHILADELPHIA, PA
      • over 3 years ago

      Please do not approve this bill. Not only are many of the buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places, but some, such as the PSFS and the Reading Terminal, are designated as National Historic Landmarks, which are our country's most signatificant properties.

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    • Barbara J. Kaplan PHILA, PA
      • over 3 years ago

      This bill would have a devastating effect on some of our most valued assets -- our historic buildings! Permitting these billboards on Market Street is a very large step in the wrong direction. This is not the way to to stimulate development and revitalize the area; it is a way to move it downhill. A street plastered with large billboards will not attract quality retail and positive new investment.

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    • Sandra Chaff PHILADELPHIA, PA
      • over 3 years ago

      If I were a councilperson, I would not want to be remembered for being one of the individuals who did nothing to try to stop the degradation of Center City. Please consider amending Bill #100720. In fact, why large-format signs at all? Surely there's a better way to bring in revenue.

      Thank you for taking a moment to think about what the city will look like if this movement is not stopped now.

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    • Loree Schuster PHILADELPHIA, PA
      • over 3 years ago

      Please do not allow large format advertising signs on the historic buildings along the Market Street East corridor. It would change the nature of the district in a way that would not be a positive change. Please amend the bill so that buildings that are on the Historic Register may not have such signage. Thank you.

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    • cheryl spiegel SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ
      • over 3 years ago

      Putting signage on historic buildings will degrade and disgrace this city.

      People do not want to be constantly assaulted by the advertising billboards.

      Have some respect for your city and its great history.

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