Andrew Levitt

Open Issues: 35 Closed Issues: 100 Acknowledged Issues: 13
Watching issues created after: 2011-02-28

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  • 801 Catharine St. Philadelphia, PA - Bella Vista
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  • Illegal Curb Cut Acknowledged
    622 Bainbridge Sreet Philadelphia, PA - Bella Vista
    A house (624-28 Bainbridge) that already has 4 interior parking spaces built an addition (622 Bainbridge) and added a fifth. The Streets Department granted a curb cut, but #622 was never re-zoned to authorize the changed use. The owner has pursued his curb cut despite clearly articulated neighborhood opposition and the reality of the need for public parking so close to South Street. It is a case of public good versus private entitlement. When the property owner tried to get the curb cut in 2009, it was stopped and neighbors unanimously petitioned Councilman DiCicco to have a public hearing. That never happened, nor has there been a zoning hearing or notice. We have petitioned again, this time with more anger on our block than even before.
  • 1101 Washington Ave Philadelphia, PA 19147 - Bella Vista
    Cars parked in bike lane. Orange traffic cones in lane, presumably the property of adjacent condominium building.
  • 815 S Mildred St Philadelphia, PA 19147, USA - Bella Vista
  • S 8th St Philadelphia, PA - Bella Vista
    Because this is a very busy stretch with two bus stops close together as well as two convenience stores, there is a small river of litter that flows down the west-side sidewalk and in the gutters. Many of the residences are apartment buildings, there are a couple of restaurants, and many elderly. No one picks up the litter. It's disgusting.
  • Washington Ave Philadelphia, PA - Bella Vista

    Washington Avenue is a mess between front and Broad. There are NO lane lines painted (literally none.) The avenue has become a "Wild West" for drivers who weave in and out of lanes, run red lights and double park along the Italian Markets.

    In March a young girl was killed while crossing the road in an intersection where no pedestrian crossings were painted by a driver running a red light. Are we surprised that this is happening? It feels as if the city has completely forgot about one of it's busiest corridors.

    On 9th Street specifically, thousands of people cross Washington Ave on a daily basis while they shop at the markets. About a year ago it appeared that the city started to re-do the crossing lines, but never finished. The entire length of Washington from Front to Broad is just one big cement corridor. As a biker, pedestrian and driver, I have seen some of the most dangerous driving on this road. What does the city expect to happen?

    We've called the police on folks double parked on Washington more times then we can count. Folks are never ticketed and you can actually watch cop cars drive right past the double parked cars. Drivers are constantly forced to dodge parked cars...

    Let's take back Washington Ave! It could be a great corridor...

  • 1000 S.10th Street Philadelphia, PA - Bella Vista
    There is a tow truck for Alex's Auto Body routinely parking overnight, starting around 4pm on the SW corner of 10th and Carpenter, in a No Parking zone. It is never ticketed, and frustrates others who park legally. To add, it is becoming an eyesore to the otherwise nice block along the park.
  • 1030 S. 9th Street Philadelphia, PA - Bella Vista

    The owners of this land (Carl's Poultry, who also operate a low-cost poultry shop across the street) have let this vacant property (in the heart of the Italian Markets) turn into an open dump. There is a graffiti covered dumpster sitting in this lot and it is surrounded by trash piling up. When asked to remove the trash a few years ago, they simply put tarps over it.

    Now others are dumping here. The "green" fence is often covered with graffiti, and it's been this way for years.

    Efforts from neighbors a few years ago halted a zoning variance to allow yet more construction by property owner. Why? Because the property owner, owns other abandoned/blighted properties on the 800 block of League Street. The fork lifts from his "warehouses" on League are constantly blocking traffic, not to mention the stench from the "cleaning" of kitchen equipment in the street. (But that's an entirely different topic. Health code violations?)

    Be a good neighbor - CLEAN IT UP.

  • 815 S Darien St Philadelphia, PA - Bella Vista
    This large new construction has a garage and a curb cut. There is a space between it's garage and the neighbor's garage that is large enough to park a car in. Recently, they left a note on my neighbor's car saying that it is inconvenient for them to turn into their garage when a car is parked between the garages. He knocked on their door several times to talk about this, but they have not answered. After he moved his car, they took it upon themselves to spraypaint a large no parking X on this space. This is another co-opting of public space for private use, and they should at the very least be made to remove it. The rest of the nighborhood parallel parks their cars on the street, a very small inconvenience we happily put up with. For this house to pull a three point turn around a parked car into their garage is a small thing to ask.
  • 746 South 8th Street Philadelphia, PA - Bella Vista
    Mama Yolanda's has poles blocking their loading zone so only they can use it.
  • 801 Christian St Philadelphia, PA - Bella Vista
    This lift with no visible permits has been parked on the Christian St. sidewalk outside of the PNC for over a week. It blocks most of the sidewalk and impedes wheelchair access.
  • 1020 South 10th Street Philadelphia, PA - Bella Vista

    We have a trash problem on 10th Street, there is no denying that. We have sent letters to the Christ United Presbyterian Church specifically asking them to keep the front of their building litter free. Over the holidays neighbors removed a huge bag of trash from the front of the church alone. A letter was sent to the church director saying, "We cleaned up your property. Now it's your turn." Yeah, and nothing changed. All of the neighbors in our neighborhood work together to keep the litter in check. Except a few properties. This church is one of them.

    Update April 2012: Still no effort is made by the church. During a recent neighborhood clean-up day we removed BAGS of trash and weeded the tree beds out front.