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Wissahickon Sign Crushed on Ridge Avenue

Roxbororough figures a contingency plan for 'gateway' sign.

The Wissahickon sign along Ridge Avenue that alerts drivers to "the gateway to Roxborough" got crushed overnight Thursday due to unknown circumstances.

Installed earlier this year, the Wissahickon sign—located at Ridge and Rochelle streets—arrived with the . 

Roxborough residents discovered the sign dismantled Thursday. Just hours earlier, at the Wissahickon Interested Citizens Association meeting Wednesday, residents hailed the sign as a beautiful entrance to the 19128 zip code and as a thoroughfare to Ridge Avenue.

The destruction's cause appears to be a mystery, leaving the neighborhood to pick up the pieces.

So what happens next?

First, the debris will be cleared from Ridge Avenue.

In the interim, the will mask the damage until a replacement occurs, if at all. Organizers plan for shrubs to accomplish at least an aesthetic island as a substitute for the "Wissahickon" sign. Residents will work to either rally for a new sign or determine an alternative, according to emails shared with Patch.

Funding for the sign came from the $2.2 million allocated for Ridge Avenue from federal, state and city projects. It's currently unknown if the sign—which has a "Roxborough" signage counterpart at Ridge and Hermit—will be replaced.

NoneOfYourBusiness September 14, 2012 at 12:34 PM
Unbelievable! Why can't we ever have anything nice around here! It looks like someone ran over it with a giant dump truck or something! WTF
Chin September 14, 2012 at 12:42 PM
I was wondering to myself just two days ago when I passed by the sign while on the bus how long before some idiot ruined it. I got my answer. Philthadelphia at it's finest.
Phillycop September 14, 2012 at 12:57 PM
Don't just point the finger at Philly residents...this is some drunk driver on his way home and could easily be going back to Montco County. Just like the majority of arrests at sporting events have non city residents causing the problems and Philly gets the bad rap.
Debbie Thomas September 14, 2012 at 02:46 PM
Definitely. You can see the tire tracks. Wonder if it was intentional or an accident.
satisfydmind September 14, 2012 at 02:48 PM
i can't imagine a car doing this damage and being able to drive away from it?!! right?! there are stone "fixtures" on the sides of the sign. It does look like it was run over by something... but how could any vehicle or anyone for that reason walk away from this unscathed? well, guess we'll find out in the nxt couple days. ashame.
Mark September 14, 2012 at 10:58 PM
WOW!! its been like a month that didnt't take long....one step forward, two steps back. I guess the new one needs a concrete wall and barbed wire on top, so it doesn't get stolen a month later or graffiti all over it. Anyone know how much that sign cost to put up?
Mark September 14, 2012 at 11:00 PM
I am kinda surprised the crumbled sign wasn't stolen for scrap metal before the sun came up!
John Doe September 15, 2012 at 03:00 AM
I'll just leave this here. http://articles.philly.com/2012-07-16/news/32685584_1_roxborough-development-corp-original-sign-bernard-guet
jim September 16, 2012 at 11:45 AM
Debbie you must be retarded! Who would ruin their vehicle on purpose?
Moe September 16, 2012 at 12:16 PM
Jim - don't underestimate the power of stupid.
Judith Gotwald September 16, 2012 at 04:14 PM
I always thought the motto: Gateway to Roxborough was lame. But I didn't do it.

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