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The 2018 Historic Streets Restoration Meeting


Monday, March 19th, 6:30-8:30 PM at the Old Pine Community Center (401 Lombard Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147)

RSVP: or call 215-629-3553


You are invited to The 2018 Historical Streets Restoration Meeting.  This is the latest in a series of meetings that have taken place over the past several years between The Philadelphia Society of Small Streets (PSSS), Councilman Mark Squilla’s office, the Streets Department, the Historical Commission, The Preservation Alliance, civic associations, and the public.  The Philadelphia Society of Small Streets (PSSS) was founded in 2011.  It is the only organization in the city that is solely dedicated to the restoration and maintenance of Philadelphia’s historic streets. 


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The public will be invited to ask questions and comment at the end of each agenda item.


·       FUNDING:  The Historic Streets Restoration Program began in 1999 and for that PSSS thanks all past and present Philadelphia city officials and staff.  However, with over 300 historically-certified streets, many in desperate need of repair, much more funding is needed. 


·    PRIORITY LIST:  This year the 300 block of Philip Street is designated for restoration.  So, the discussion will be on the next streets on the list for restoration in 2019 and 2020.  PSSS has strongly advocated for our own Priority List that includes the criteria below (LCCL).  In addition, we have also recommended specific neighborhoods and streets for restoration.  SEE  So far, we have been successful in our efforts.  However, the Streets Department continues to defer to their Priority List that was computer-generated and focuses on streets that we believe should not be at the top of the list. 

PSSS’s Priority Criteria for historic street restoration: LCCL

ocation:   Begin restorations within the center of the city and its historic districts and then radiate outwards.
Context:    Select streets that are lined with historic homes, not back alleys, side streets, and new construction.
Condition: Target streets that are in urgent need of repair and restoration.
Logistics:   Restore streets in geographic clusters, when at all possible

NOTE:  PSSS recommends that developers be required to restore onsite historic streets as part of their permit approval process. The neighborhood we have in mind specifically for this application is the 400 block of Reno Street, Orkney Street, and Leithgow Street, which are a cluster in Northern Liberties and on the Streets Department Top 10 Priority List. For the next two years, PSSS recommends the following streets for restoration: 

    200 block of Hutchinson-Bonaparte-Manning cluster
    200 block of Quince Street
    2400 block of Panama Street


·     MAINTENANCE & LIABILITY (PLUMBERS' PATCHES):  There is an urgent need for ‘plumbers patch’ legislation for speedy repairs in order to avoid creating hazardous conditions for the public and vehicles.  Despite years of promises that the Streets Department would restore plumbers' patches in a timely manner, that is not occurring as the patches continue to increase at an alarming rate.  An unfortunate example of this failed policy is the 200 block of Hutchinson Street, which is covered end-to-end with plumbers' patches. See  Therefore, PSSS renews our request for legislation to require the immediate restoration of our historic streets after excavation.


·       CAMAC “THE WOOD” STREET:  PSSS understands from the point person on Camac Street that "no movement" has taken place regarding its restoration.  We have strongly suggested that the concrete foundation be removed, otherwise any wood set down will decompose fairly quickly, as has happened at least twice in the past.

·       SNOW REMOVAL:  The small streets have unique needs when it comes to snow removal.  For property owners on small streets measuring approximately 6.5 feet wide, PSSS asks that the CITY CODE be amended to direct those property owners to shovel snow from their half of the street (to the center line, approximately 3 1/4 feet) in front of their house, plus a 3 foot wide path to their doors, using the remainder of the sidewalk to store the snow.  We also recommend that the Streets Department make public announcements during major snow events to this effect.  Otherwise, our streets get buried in snow and become impassable, presenting a real safety hazard for the public and emergency vehicles.

·       TRASH TRUCKS:  Some of our historic streets have experienced "leaking" trash trucks.  Councilman Squilla has said that a new truck is on order.

·       Additional Public Comment:  The public will also be invited to comment at the end of each agenda item.



We sincerely hope to see you at the March 19th meeting.  Thank you for your attention.  


Lynn and Cliff Landes, Founders
The Philadelphia Society of Small Streets (PSSS)
215-629-3553 landline / 714-204-2690 cell