STILL TIME TO EXPRESS YOUR OPPOSITION TO 6-STORY 3-DIMENSIONAL ANIMATED BILLBOARDS
Our Feb. 27 "What's New in the Neighborhood" column reported on CCRA's unsuccessful opposition before City Council's Rules Committee to Bill 140906 that would permit the erection of 58' tall "Urban Experiential Displays" at the Bellevue Garage on South Broad, the Convention Center, and across from the Reading Terminal Market. On Friday, Philadelphia Inquirer architecture critic Inga Saffron added her opposition. (The Planning Commission has also registered its opposition.) Several members have asked if there is anything they can do to oppose this legislation. The answer is "yes." The easiest (but perhaps least effective) action step is to sign the Petition being circulated by Scenic America. Another relatively easy (and more effective) action is to personally contact members of City Council. Their phone numbers and email addresses are provided here. Priority should be given to contacting Kenyatta Johnson and Darrell Clarke, the two Councilpersons with responsibility for the area within CCRA's borders, as well as the six At-Large Councilmembers. Note that a phone call is stronger than an email, and several "talking points" are included in the "What's New" piece, the Saffron article, and the Scenic Philadelphia website. And the best way to make your position known is, in addition to the foregoing, to do what CCRA has been doing: go to City Hall to testify. At the present time, our best guess is that the Bill will be brought before the full Council on Thurs., March 19 at 10:00 am. We will keep you posted.