There will be a Town Watch training on November 1st at 7pm at the 5th District. The 21st Ward Town Watch is actively looking for members. The overall responsibility of the group is to observe, document, and report. By being the “eyes and ears” and reporting concerns to the 5th District, they take a major part in assisting with crime prevention. For more information, please email the 21st Ward Town Watch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
News & Events
Join the Philadelphia Planning Commission for a public meeting regarding the Wissahickon Gateway Multi-Modal Improvement Plan on October 30th at 6:30pm at Gustine Recreation Center.
Councilman Curtis Jones has introduced a bill that would institute a temporary moratorium on the demolition of properties on Ridge Avenue. This is great news for WICA as it gives us time to plan the preservation of our community.
The Roxborough Review featured a story on WICA’s efforts to implement a Neighborhood Conservation Overlay (NCO) in the community, intended to help preserve the Wissahickon neighborhood’s historical appearance. Read the full article here: Wissahickon seeks Neighborhood Conservation Ordinance
A meeting was held with the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, Matt Wysong and staff on June 29, 2017. Present were: Jeannette Brugger-Bicycle & Pedestrian Coordinator, OTIS, Amy Miller-City Planner, Sue Dannenberg-Bike Coaliton, Tim Carey-Philly Bike Club, Geoff Brock and Suzanne Hagner, WICA.
Ridge Ave from Kelly Dr to Righter St/Hermit St poses safety issues for pedestrians and bicyclists due to its steep incline/decline and blind turns. Pedestrian and bicycle traffic has increased and is expected to continue as more people use public transportation and commute by bike. Development and businesses are also increasing along this corridor. (more…)
The committee has pursued trying to identify who is responsible for upgades to Hermit Lane..Streets Dept or Parks Dept?….and it is the Parks Dept. Speed and drivers cutting through from Henry Ave are a major safety problem for walkers, cyclists, & families going to Daisy Park. A request has been made for temporary speed cushions to be installed. There is also a problem with the lane being a single lane near Barnes St…and cars entering from Barnes resulting in stand offs with cars coming towards Barnes. Josh Cohen in Councilman Jones’s office is aware of this and has been asked to give support for both the speed cushions and new speed signage. The 5th district has been asked to increase their visibility esp at commuting hours.
New surfacing and new striping is part of City’s Maintenance Unit Project. This is separate from PennDOT’s Design Unit’s Project SR4001, the section of Henry Ave from Wissahickon Bridge west to Hermit St borders our neighborhood. We are now moved to Section SIP of this project which means we will be at the front in installing new safety measures on this section. This will include curb bump outs, median deflections, plantings in median, and new sidewalks. The design MAY also include reconfiguration of current striping. Funding for a synchronized traffic light at Henry Ave and Barnes St is being pursued by PennDOT.
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…)