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Parking Wars – Frankford

Organized by City Councilwoman Maria Quinones-Sanchez, it was billed as a stakeholders’ meeting to discuss the problem of the numerous situations of auto repair or sales lots parking their cars on the streets, sidewalks, lots and anywhere the dam well please, much to the detriment of the neighbors in the community.

Full House at Campbell AME 

The problem goes back to at least 2008 when I attended a community meeting and heard complaints about the parking problem on Torresdale Avenue caused by the car sale lots there. 

There was a lot of talk back then but no solutions.  Cops are too busy fighting crime to write tickets.  Car dealers are too smart and keep the cars moving and hide the VIN numbers so the cops can’t write a ticket if they come out.

Along with Councilwoman Sanchez were representatives from the Police, Frankford CDC, L&I, Frankford Civic Association, State Representative Dawkin’s office, State Senator Tartaglione’s office and the Councilwoman’s office. 

The meeting could have turned into the usual gripe session had not Sanchez redirected it into a more productive session that was intended to gather information as the first stage in making a plan to be implemented. 

Information was gathered from those attending the meeting.  The problem areas need to be identified and that information can only come from the community.  If you missed the meeting and want to report, follow the instructions below.

All requests or messages should be directed to the Councilwoman’s webpage at: there is a form on the page where constituents can communicate with the office and have their concerns directed to the appropriate staff member. Constituents can also call the main line at 215-686-3448. We encourage constituents to report to 311 first and then call the office with a confirmation number to follow up. 

I admire her courage in taking this on.  Now, when will we see implementation?

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Maria Quiñones-Sánchez for Congress?

Holly Otterbein, Staff Writer at speculates on the possibility that the redistricting that was ordered by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, if it becomes a reality, opens the possibility that some new folks may try to unseat the incumbents in 2 Congressional districts.  Since there is little competition from the Republican party, it would be interesting to see some among the Democrats.

Brendan Boyle is the Representative in the Pennsylvania Congressional District.  If the proposed new 2nd District boundaries are approved, the district changes so much that only about half of his previous constituents will be in the new district.  That makes it much easier for a challenger to come in and make a play for the seat.  Said to be considering a run are Bill Green, a School Reform Commission member and former city councilman, and Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sánchez.

Read the rest of the story at the link below.

Pennsylvania’s new congressional map may lead to something rare in Philadelphia politics: challenges against Democratic incumbents.

Source: Will Bill Green, Maria Quiñones-Sánchez challenge U.S. Rep. Brendan Boyle? | Clout – Philly

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Castor Avenue Speedway

I have been watching the efforts of the people in Northwood to take on  the speed problem on Castor Avenue between Foulkrod and Pratt for a couple of years now.  They had some success in that the Streets department studied the Speedway and concluded that yes traffic was running too fast.  They made promises to do some fixing and they did some fixing but not as much as the promised, at least to date.  What they did was lay some strips across the lanes that are about as thick as cardboard which are intended to remind people to slow up.  Cardboard might have worked better.  The accidents are still happening and speed still speedy.

Northwood was promised by Councilwoman Sanchez that she would arrange a sit down with the Streets Department to resolve the issue.    So far, no meeting.  There are solutions to this problem but they are not being implemented.

Saturday morning, April 29th,  Mari Carrasquillo, who lives about a block away from Castor and Foulkrod, posted on Facebook the first news about the accident.  The car was traveling South on Castor and as it approached the intersection of Foulkrod, came into contact with the utility pole on the West side of the street.  The car and pole were heavily damaged. The power lines shorted out creating some fireworks that took some time to be extinguished.  No further information about the accident investigation by the police was available as of today.


Thanks to Joe and Mary Menkevich and Mari Carrasquillo for the video and pictures.



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Rutland Street Garages to Be Demolished

I just got a message that the burnt out garages on Rutland Street are finally being demolished. This has been a long time coming.


Photo from Google Maps

We have been helped by Councilwoman Sanchez and Representative John Taylor over the years to get this accomplished. Most recently Marc Collazzo from Representative Taylor’s office has helped move this along.

Thanks to all.