When we shared the news of the median parking ban on South Broad Street for the duration of the Democratic National Convention, many of our readers spoke out in the comment section in favor of a permanent ban on this middle-of-the-road parking.
A petition has now been started to try to make this enforcement last longer than just this week.
The 5th Square petition is calling for the Kenney administration to make this change for the sake of safety. They also note that “the street already looks and feels better.”
No more blocked turning lanes; no more drivers and passengers suddenly exiting vehicles in the center of the street; no more pedestrians suddenly popping out from between parked vehicles; no more dangerous traffic conflicts as drivers in the left-hand lane try to parallel park in the median.
While Mayor Kenney has acknowledged that this parking situation is “not a good thing,” he also previously told Philly.com he was “not going after center strip parking,” mostly based on the longevity of this issue. Philly Mag’s Dan McQuade wrote a history of this parking practice last year, noting that even 100 years ago, cars were illegally parking on Broad.
Interested in weighing in on the issue? You can find the petition here.