Submit Comments Now to Lower Southwest Draft Plan

The Lower Southwest DRAFT District Plan is now available to download and review on Philadelphia 2035 website. This comprehensive document – featured on the home page under “Lower Southwest DRAFT District Plan” –  was compiled by the Philadelphia City Planning Commission after three public meetings, as part of the multi-year, city-wide Philadelphia 2035 planning process.

The initiative makes recommendations to create a more livable, healthy, and economically viable city in the future, in the context of transportation, land use, zoning, parks, economic development, etc. The plan guides future decisions and opportunities around these issues, all around the city, including Eastwick.

EFNC urges all to review the Lower Southwest DRAFT District Plan; it is a large document that may take a while to download. Email your comments directly to Martine DeCamp (email: martine.decamp(at)phila.gov. In the email subject write, “LSW Plan Comments.”  Submit comments through Friday, May 20, 2016.  

EFNC is especially concerned about Eastwick’s blight certification, and are asking this to be removed. We believe the wording about 100-year flood plains in Eastwick should be changed to FEMA-designated Special Flood Hazard Area to more accurately convey the legal requirements – and flood insurance burdens – that go along with this designation.

As a recognized Environmental Justice community, Eastwick has a big stake in the Lower Southwest District Plan, and your opinion is important!

Eastwick Friends & Neighbors Coalition (EFNC) is committed to active engagement in community planning, to develop an environmental, economic, and socially sustainable future for Eastwick.

Right to Breathe Mobilization on May 7, 2016

We believe that all people have the right to breathe. On Saturday, May 7th we’re reclaiming that right with bold, historic, and dignified action.

Eastwick Friends & Neighbors Coalition joins Philly Thrive, Action United, and many organizations and individuals in taking a stand for climate justice. We’re not alone–we’re acting alongside thousands across the world in 350.org’s week of action to “Break Free from Fossil Fuels.”

All across the world, people are standing up for healthy communities and a livable planet. Meet on May 7th, 1:00 pm, at 28th Street and Passyunk Avenue in Philadelphia for a family-friendly Right to Breathe rally, with free snacks and music. From there we’ll walk a short distance to the oil refinery, standing for environmental, economic, and social justice in Philadelphia and around the world.

The Philadelphia Energy Solutions oil refinery in South Philadelphia causes toxic air emissions across the city. The refinery’s pollution impacts low-income neighborhoods and communities of color the worst. We believe that sustainable, renewable energy must be a focus for our future, not fossil fuels.

For more information about the march, see website: http://www.righttobreathe2016.org/.

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Cobbs Creek Cleanup Success

Eastwick’s first Cobbs Creek Cleanup on Saturday April 23,2016 was a great success! Eastwick Friends & Neighbors Coalition partnered with Darby Creek Valley Association to initiate this new cleanup site in Eastwick as part of the 32nd annual Darby-Cobbs Watershed Cleanup.

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Earl Wilson, board member for both organizations, spearheaded the initiative, with assistance from Debbie Beer, Ramona Rousseau-Reid, and David Bennett. Councilman Kenyatta Johnson’s office provided strong support in promoting the event, and staffing on-site volunteers.

On the rainy Saturday morning, volunteers met at the Cobbs Creek park entrance on 78th Street near Saturn Place, donned gloves and vests, and tromped gamely up the trail. Working at strategic, staked-out spots, volunteers filled dozens of bags with trash, while learning about tidal waters, local birds, and healthy habitats. After much mud and hard work, volunteers enjoyed meeting new friends and munching fresh apples.

The Cobbs Creek Cleanup site is a short walk upstream from the Clearview Landfill, where Eastwick residents and stakeholders are actively engaged in a Community Advisory Group (CAG) with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), to remediate the landfill – a multi-year process.

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Eastwick is situated at the lower end of the 80-square-mile Darby-Cobbs Watershed, receiving trash and stormwater run-off from dozens of upstream towns, and ceaseless tidal waters. Darby Creek empties into the mighty Delaware River after flowing through the Tinicum marsh of nearby John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge. Our regional rivers provide essential environmental, economic and cultural resources to people and wildlife; the Darby-Cobbs Watershed Cleanup is an important endeavor in working towards a safe, healthy community for everyone.

We extend our deep gratitude and appreciation to everyone involved in Eastwick’s first Cobbs Creek Cleanup – a great way to celebrate Earth Day 2016!

Calling all Volunteers for Cobbs Creek Cleanup

Grab friends, family members and community groups and join us at the COBBS CREEK CLEANUP on April 23, 2016, at 9:00 am. Meet at 78th Street and Saturn Place, near Penrose Elementary School, Philadelphia PA 19153. Street parking is available on 78th Street.

We’ll pick-up trash in the park along Darby Creek during this Earth Day initiative, making a difference in the Darby-Cobbs Watershed- an important environmental and community resource.

Wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes and prepare to get dirty cleaning up!  Gloves and trash bags provided. FREE drinks and snacks, too!

This Cobbs Creek Cleanup is part of the 32nd annual Darby-Cobbs Watershed Cleanup, organized by Darby Creek Valley Association. Volunteers are much appreciated, as community participation has a big impact!

If you have any questions or need more information, email EastwickFNC@gmail.com. We look forward to seeing you on Saturday morning!

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