For the Democratic National Convention, the Broad Street median was cleared of vehicles. Some were so happy with the emptier streets, that they started a petition to make this a permanent enforcement.
When we shared with you this news, the comment section exploded with a mix of opinions on the situation. New survey results of over 1,000 South Philly residents polled by The Philadelphia Citizen show a pretty close split of people for and against median parking.
49% of residents polled are opposed to banning median parking, while 43% want the middle of Broad Street cars gone. In addition to the simple question of an opinion on the parking situation, the survey continued with a pretty comprehensive list of questions to ask how many cars each of the households surveyed owns, the number of years living in these neighborhoods and more. The results brought some validity to the claims of “old vs. new,” with residents of 20+ years opposing the ban more than the newer South Philly residents.
From The Philadelphia Citizen:
People in South Philadelphia are very concerned about both safety and parking availability, with residents on both sides fiercely passionate about the issue. But this doesn’t have to be an either-or question. If the City can find a way to create 200 parking spots on or around Broad Street in South Philly, then it can close the median to parking. That way, it can address safety without losing parking spots. That’s certainly easier said than done, but making everyone happy on this issue is going to require a little creativity. That’s the challenge to Mayor Kenney: To think creatively, engage community partners, and find a way to resolve a divisive issue.
We recommend you check out the full results over at The Philadelphia Citizen.