Legalize Median Parking on South Broad St.
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To: Councilman Mark Squilla, 1st District;
Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, 2nd District;
Philadelphia City Council; and
To whom it may concern
From: Marc Ferguson – Admin. at Taking Our South Phila. Streets Back
Joe LiTrenta – Philadelphia Block by Block
Nicholas DiDonato Sr. – Citizens for a Better Philadelphia
July 24, 2017
Re: Proposal to Amend Philadelphia City Traffic Code
The Philadelphia City Traffic Code is outdated in regards to the approximately 200 parking spaces on the South Broad Street median from Washington Avenue to Shunk Street. A lawsuit has been filed by the Political Action Committee 5th Square to enforce the current outdated Traffic Code, which, if successful, will outlaw the parking spaces and have an overwhelmingly negative impact on the businesses and residents in close proximity to the aforementioned corridor.
BACKGROUND AND ASSESSMENT
In practice, median parking has taken place along this corridor since the early 1900s. Additionally, the parking situation in South Philadelphia is extremely difficult, with few residences containing a garage or other form of private parking; therefore, car owners must utilize street parking, which is scarce.
Businesses and residents along the corridor and in the surrounding blocks rely on the approximately 200 parking spaces that the median provides. Elimination of these spaces will hurt the small and large businesses on Broad Street, create additional parking congestion for the already crowded neighborhood streets, and inconvenience residents, possibly prompting them to leave the city.
We propose that an amendment be passed to the Philadelphia City Traffic Code legalizing free median parking along this corridor, as it has occurred de facto since the early 1900s.
Special emphasis should be placed on the following regulations, which are in line with the guidelines that the Philadelphia Parking Authority and City of Philadelphia currently use for enforcement:
1. Vehicles will not park in turning lanes or crosswalks, nor on existing angled yellow lines that the city has identified for visibility.
2. Vehicles will not park on existing concrete medians or subway grates.
3. Vehicles must park between the double yellow lines with no portion of the vehicle obstructing traffic.
Failure to comply with any of these rules will result in ticketing and possible towing by the Philadelphia Parking Authority or City of Philadelphia.
Finally, we believe that by amending the Philadelphia City Traffic Code, a portion of 5th Square’s lawsuit will be addressed. Upon amendment of the City Traffic Code we can begin working with our State Representatives to amend the Commonwealth Vehicular Code.
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