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.

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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/.

Right to Breathe Mobilization Flyer 2016-0507

 

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