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WICA General Mtg with Councilman Curtis Jones present

Introduction and acknowledgements were given to Phila Streets Michael Carroll,Deputy Managing Director for Transportation, Richard Montanez, Chief Traffic Engineer, Bruce Masi and Elwood Kimmel, engineers for the PennDOT Henry Ave study who came out quickly at the committee’s request, “boots on the ground” to see our most dangerous intersections and streets. Also Josh Cohen has been supportive and very available. Councilman Jones is well represented by Josh.  (more…)

2017 WICA Membership Drive

Why Join?

WICA is the official Registered Community Organization (RCO) representing all activities involving development, zoning and special projects in our neighborhood. It is a volunteer organization working with our city representatives and local community groups to improve quality of life and manage development and zoning changes that effect all of us.

Become a member today for $10 a year.


August Traffic Committee Update

A small group met with Chief Engineer of Streets, Richard Montanez, to continue addressing list of concerns.

Rich Montanez agreed to follow up on the following:

He will contact Bruce Masi, PennDot, engineer and recommend synchronized traffic lights at Hermit St and Barnes St.

Streets Dept will “clear” parking on Quentin St, at the curve before Vicaris. (post “no parking” signs)

Clear parking between 274 & 298 Osborn driveways that open onto Lauriston. Emergency vehicles, snow plow, large trucks have been unable to get through if a car is parked in that spot. (more…)

Free Trees from Tree Philly


Tree Philly planted six trees around the curve of Barnes and Quentin. If you are interested in trees for your yard or along the street in front of your home, visit to learn more about signing up for free.

About Tree Philly

Launched in response to Mayor Nutter’s Greenworks goal to make sure each Philadelphia neighborhood has at least 30% tree canopy coverage, we help locals connect with the resources they need to plant and care for their own urban forests. We’re clean. We’re green. And by helping Philadelphians plant and maintain trees on both public and private property, we hope to make the city landscape better for generations to come. Learn more about our programs below.

Public meeting with Philadelphia City Planning Commission

In an effort to help curtail overdevelopment, the Philadelphia City Planning Commission (PCPC) has developed a comprehensive plan to rezone the Wissahickon neighborhood. Major goals for the proposed zoning map include; encouraging the preservation of older homes on large lots, discouraging subdivision, promoting a walkable, family-friendly neighborhood, and supporting more vibrancy in our commercial storefronts.

Changes like these cannot happen without neighborhood support. Join your neighbors on March 3rd at the Wissahickon Presbyterian Church for a public presentation of the proposed changes. Your participation and comments are encouraged.

PCPC zoning meeting

Highlights from the January 2016 Membership Meeting: Permit Parking

A representative from the PPA came to answer questions about permit parking. Here’s a brief summary of her explanations . . .

Anyone interested in permit parking on their street can pursue it by submitting a petition signed by 60% or more of the residents on the block (this includes owners and tenants, one signature per household).

  • Parking permits are tied to an area (zone), not just a single street. Anyone who lives within the zone can get a parking pass. For example, if you live on a block with permit parking, neighbors who live on surrounding blocks can get permits to park on your street.
  • To prove residency to get a parking pass within a zone, the applicant can provide a driver’s license, utility bill, or lease.
  • The annual fee for residents is $35 for 1 vehicle, $50 for 2 vehicles, $75 for 3 vehicles, and $100 each for 4 or more.
  • Guests can get passes or temporary permits. Information is available at the link below.

More information, including a link to the application/petition can be found at . . .

February 2016 General Membership Meeting

The next General Membership Meeting of the Wissahickon Interested Citizen’s Association will be held on Wednesday, February 10th at 7:00 pm. The meeting will be held in the Board Room of Northern Children’s Services. The entrance can be found on the Righter Street side of the main building.

Joe Hager from the Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation will be attending to discuss ways that the Civic and the City can work together to maintain and improve Daisy Field and La Noce Park.

All are welcome to attend and new members are encouraged to join. Membership is $10 per person. You can join online on our Membership page.

Get Involved!

WICA Postcard

WICA has sponsored and is distributing postcards throughout the neighborhood to increase membership and encourage more neighbors to attend the monthly general meetings. The meetings are on the 2nd Wednesday of every month in the Board Room of Northern Children’s Services. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Neighborhood Placemaker Grant Application

WICA Members have been working on a grant application for funds from the Philadelphia Horticultural Society (PHS). Two possible projects were submitted and one was selected as a finalist for the grant. The finalist is for a project to clean up the hillside at the bottom of Ridge between Deke’s BBQ and the Bridge/Bike Race Mural.