622 Bainbridge Sreet Philadelphia, PA - Bella Vista
A house (624-28 Bainbridge) that already has 4 interior parking spaces built an addition (622 Bainbridge) and added a fifth. The Streets Department granted a curb cut, but #622 was never re-zoned to authorize the changed use. The owner has pursued his curb cut despite clearly articulated neighborhood opposition and the reality of the need for public parking so close to South Street. It is a case of public good versus private entitlement. When the property owner tried to get the curb cut in 2009, it was stopped and neighbors unanimously petitioned Councilman DiCicco to have a public hearing. That never happened, nor has there been a zoning hearing or notice. We have petitioned again, this time with more anger on our block than even before.
Washington Ave Philadelphia, PA - Bella Vista
Washington Avenue is a mess between front and Broad. There are NO lane lines painted (literally none.) The avenue has become a "Wild West" for drivers who weave in and out of lanes, run red lights and double park along the Italian Markets.
In March a young girl was killed while crossing the road in an intersection where no pedestrian crossings were painted by a driver running a red light. Are we surprised that this is happening? It feels as if the city has completely forgot about one of it's busiest corridors.
On 9th Street specifically, thousands of people cross Washington Ave on a daily basis while they shop at the markets. About a year ago it appeared that the city started to re-do the crossing lines, but never finished. The entire length of Washington from Front to Broad is just one big cement corridor. As a biker, pedestrian and driver, I have seen some of the most dangerous driving on this road. What does the city expect to happen?
We've called the police on folks double parked on Washington more times then we can count. Folks are never ticketed and you can actually watch cop cars drive right past the double parked cars. Drivers are constantly forced to dodge parked cars...
Let's take back Washington Ave! It could be a great corridor...
S 8th St Philadelphia, PA - Bella Vista
Because this is a very busy stretch with two bus stops close together as well as two convenience stores, there is a small river of litter that flows down the west-side sidewalk and in the gutters. Many of the residences are apartment buildings, there are a couple of restaurants, and many elderly. No one picks up the litter. It's disgusting.
1000 S.10th Street Philadelphia, PA - Bella Vista
There is a tow truck for Alex's Auto Body routinely parking overnight, starting around 4pm on the SW corner of 10th and Carpenter, in a No Parking zone. It is never ticketed, and frustrates others who park legally. To add, it is becoming an eyesore to the otherwise nice block along the park.
1030 S. 9th Street Philadelphia, PA - Bella Vista
The owners of this land (Carl's Poultry, who also operate a low-cost poultry shop across the street) have let this vacant property (in the heart of the Italian Markets) turn into an open dump. There is a graffiti covered dumpster sitting in this lot and it is surrounded by trash piling up. When asked to remove the trash a few years ago, they simply put tarps over it.
Now others are dumping here. The "green" fence is often covered with graffiti, and it's been this way for years.
Efforts from neighbors a few years ago halted a zoning variance to allow yet more construction by property owner. Why? Because the property owner, owns other abandoned/blighted properties on the 800 block of League Street. The fork lifts from his "warehouses" on League are constantly blocking traffic, not to mention the stench from the "cleaning" of kitchen equipment in the street. (But that's an entirely different topic. Health code violations?)
Be a good neighbor - CLEAN IT UP.
800 South 8th Street Philadelphia, PA - Bella Vista
A Mexican Food lunch truck has been abandoned with flat tires on South 8th Street just South of Washington Avenue for more than 6 weeks. It is parked legally but an eye sore. I will take photos of it later and post. In the meantime, it should be removed. It clearly isn't running--it hasn't moved. I will also email 311.
761 S. 8th St. B Philadelphia, PA - Bella Vista
Unrelenting illegal dumping in front of my house. Most recent was 15ft of plasic piping. Also filled trash bags, clothes, furniture, etc. It's then up to me to remove these things & I've been reported to the sanitation police. No help from the trash commissioner, 311, police.
1001-1021 Washington Ave Philadelphia, PA - Bella Vista
About a month ago PGW was replacing pipes on the South Side of the 1000 block of Washington Avenue. However, yellow PVC pipes, cones and PGW placards were left on the North Side of Washington (right in front of Sherwin Williams.) after the construction wrapped up. Since then, a taco truck has used the pipes/cones to block off a parking space for themselves 24 hours a day. Worse, they actually block out the two spots in front of "their" spot with PGW cones / placards for ease of parking. Our neighborhood has lost three parking spots and we're left with unsightly construction debris.
Disgruntled neighbors moved the pipes / placards to the sidewalk to free-up parking spots last night.
PGW needs to REMOVE the pipes (now sitting on the sidewalk and blocking pedestrian traffic) and have a word to the taco truck about using PGW property to block off three legal parking spots, designated for residents.