Should cars be allowed to park down the middle of Broad Street?
The long-debated question rarely moved beyond a heated Facebook debate, but now there’s a lawsuit against the Philadelphia Police Department and the Philadelphia Parking Authority to end the practice once and for all.
Reported first by PlanPhilly, Jake Liefer, co-founder of the urbanist political action committee 5th Square, filed the lawsuit in Philadelphia Common Pleas on July 20. Supporters argue pedestrian and cyclist safety while the opposition defends the tradition and sanctity of those 200 extra spaces.
Joe LiTrenta, a lifelong resident of South Philly and host of Philadelphia Block by Block, spoke out in opposition. He’d like to see the city and state settle this once and for all.
A poll conducted by The Philadelphia Citizen and BeHeardPhilly last year found an almost even divide among supporters and opposition.
Bonus Track: Watch this video from August 2016 from when the Philadelphia Fire Department had to extend their ladders over a section of cars on Broad Street.