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From: Lynn's mail []
Sent: Wednesday, May 13, 2015 11:32 AM
To: Councilman Mark Squilla;;
Subject: PSSS Response to The Historic Streets Assessment Report


May 13, 2015



Councilman Mark Squilla
Streets Commissioner David Perri
Historical Commission’s Executive Director Jon Farnham


The Philadelphia Society of Small Streets (PSSS) would like to thank you for all that you and your staffs have done for Philadelphia’s historic streets over the past several years. We truly appreciate it. Below is our response to the January 5, 2015, The Historic Streets Assessment Report.  We have used bullet statements for ease of reading.  In general, we think that the prioritization of the Historic Streets Restoration Program did not work as hoped, for the reasons stated below. Frankly, we are not sure that a computer is capable of making these kinds of determinations.  And although we have had meetings with the Streets Department in the past, we were not included in this project. Below are some comments, suggestions, and our PSSS Suggested Restoration Priority List.  We hope this assists the Streets Department in your decision-making process.


PSSS Suggested Restoration Priority List:


1. Society Hill: (These two streets are next to each other in Philadelphia’s premier historic district)

2. Wash West:  (These three streets intersect one another in Wash West, another historic district next to Society Hill, and are in the very active community (Jefferson Hospital) at 10th and Spruce, which features lots of cafes, restaurants, businesses, and the historic Bonaparte House -

3. Panama Street (Schuylkill River/Locust Point neighborhood) – 2400 block, charming street, lined with historic houses, but in bad shape, needs to be completely reset.
STREET VIEW:,-75.180423,3a,75y,301.94h,80.94t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1sBB-y7bJKaFG9qx52dhp3EQ!2e0!6m1!1e1


4. South Philly:


STREET VIEW:,-75.1481885,3a,75y,39.39h,69.79t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s9mTtFrgeV8x2CG-CBLf4iA!2e0!7i13312!8i6656!6m1!1e1  



See for PSSS comments plus Google Map & Street Views of Top Ten Listing of Streets Department and Historical Commission


Lynn and Cliff Landes, Founders

The Philadelphia Society of Small Streets