Councilman Johnson Pulls the Rezoning Bill

Over 100 Eastwick residents and supporters attended yesterday evening’s meeting (Tuesday, November 20, 2012), organized jointly by the Eastwick Friends & Neighbors Coalition and Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, held at the Pepper Middle School.

Folks sat patiently through presentations from the Philadelphia Water Department, Office of Emergency Management, and the Department of Licenses & Inspections, all of whom affirmed their commitment to working with the long-ignored community of Eastwick to identify and implement solutions to flooding. (more…)

EFNC and Councilman Johnson host Community Meeting November 20

Councilman Kenyatta Johnson At Eastwick Hearing

Photo courtesy of Philly.com, AKIRA SUWA / Staff Photographer

The Eastwick Friends and Neighbors Coalition and local Councilman Kenyatta Johnson are jointly hosting a public community meeting on Tuesday, November 20, 6:00 – 8:00 PM, Pepper Middle School, 2901 South 84th Street, Philadelphia. 

This meeting follows-up from the October 9th City Council Hearing focused on Flooding in Eastwick.  We believe Councilman Johnson’s update concerning the Korman development will be an interesting, newsworthy one.

Councilman Johnson, along with representatives from the Philadelphia Water Department, Emergency Management, and Licenses & Inspections (L&I) will address Eastwick residents and supporters about flooding risks and prevention in Eastwick.  Councilman Johnson will also provide an update concerning the proposed Korman development.

We are urging all to attend, and bring a friend.

Click here for Nov 20 Community Meeting Flyer (PDF).

“Water always Wins” Letter Published by Michael Nairn, Professor Urban Studies

The Opinion Letter below, written by Michael P. Nairn, was published October 30, 2012, in Philadelphia Inquirer / Daily News. Water Always Wins Philadelphia Inquirer/Daily News article link.

Water Always Wins

Even as residents of Southwest Philadelphia’s flood-prone Eastwick neighborhood face the consequences of another major storm, city officials are considering a zoning change that would lead to the construction of more than 700 apartments there.

Bordering Darby Creek and Cobbs Creek, Eastwick is located on a floodplain, an inherently unstable and shifting landscape. Moreover, it’s downstream of the Clearview and Folcroft Landfills, which are federally designated Superfund sites. As a result, flood runoff in the area is often toxic.

A May 2012 Inquirer article noted that Darby Creek “is one of the country’s most flood-prone streams, a significant drain on the National Flood Insurance Program, and a national lesson in what can go wrong along a developed waterway.” In 1999, Hurricane Floyd forced the city Fire Department to evacuate 1,000 houses and apartments in the Eastwick section after the Darby and Cobbs Creeks overflowed.

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