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Crime and Quality of Life Issues Discussed by MNC

The Manayunk Neighborhood Council debated methods of creating a safer community.

Street violence, public drunkenness and zoning laws were all on the table at the Manayunk Neighborhood Council's meeting Wednesday evening, and the discussions at times became a little heated.

Truck driver John “Yo” Mallen was especially vocal during the meeting at the Venice Island Recreation Center about his concerns with what he perceives as the overall degeneration of the neighborhood. He urged residents to notify the police and apartment owners when they see vandalism or public drinking.

“People need to pick up their phones ... start calling,” he said. “This is our community. If you let it go, you’re going to have graffiti on your building.”

The main topic of discussion was a resident who said he was attacked by three younger adults a few months ago and left with two black eyes, bruised ribs, a broken cheekbone and a broken nose.

There is an arrest warrant out for one of the suspects, and council President Kevin Smith suggested bringing the issue up at a yet-to-be-scheduled meeting with Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey.

The main purpose of this meeting would be to discuss safety concerns during the upcoming bike race, but Smith thinks approaching the commissioner directly about the attack could be effective.

Darlene Messina tied these concerns together by introducing the rough draft of a proposed brochure that she hopes will be circulated to residents in early April. Created by the council and the Manayunk Development Corp., it gives a brief run-through of the neighborhood’s policies on crime, noise, partying, parking, trash and recycling.

“It’s a friendly way to talk about how we all have to be involved and respect each other in terms of making this neighborhood more safe and livable,” Messina said. 

The council also heard details from attorney Bill O’Brien on behalf of David Branigan, who wants to bring his Baker Street property up to safety codes as a three-unit, five-bedroom apartment building.

Some residents expressed concern with this, arguing that another five-bedroom rental property would just result in more congested parking on the block, and more raucous twentysomethings.

Given the neighborhood’s density, Council Trustee Hilary Langer wants the number of bedrooms reduced to three, with one in each unit, he said.

But Branigan said his building, which is 2,700 square feet, is spacious enough to be divided in his proposed layout, and could even be rented to a family.

“Anyone in here would live in any one of those bedrooms,” he said. “It’s huge.”

O’Brien set up a petition after the discussion for council members who support Branigan’s proposal, and the issue is expected to be revisited at the group's next meeting.

Two long-awaited ventures–the Manayunk Towpath restoration and the recreation center underground watertank project–are in the works for this year, Smith said. The towpath restoration will involve bridge repair and laying down new gravel, and will probably leave segments of the path closed off at various times.

Smith ended the meeting with a viewing of a 10-minute video made by the council that illustrates the history and future of the Manayunk Canal. The video was an entry in the Scribe Video Center's "Precious Places" project.

J. March 06, 2011 at 02:57 AM
"Truck driver John “Yo” Mallen was especially vocal during the meeting at the Venice Island Recreation Center about his concerns with what he perceives as the overall degeneration of the neighborhood. He urged residents to notify the police and apartment owners when they see vandalism or public drinking." “People need to pick up their phones ... start calling,” he said. “This is our community. If you let it go, you’re going to have graffiti on your building.” Mr. Mallen is right, and once that graffiti takes over the neighborhood, more destruction of property in the area will follow, along with more crime such as burglary, assaults, robberies etc. Once this neighborhood is filled with graffiti the property value starts to go down and house's in the area will eventually be worth nothing. Once the graffiti starts as it is thrash thrown on sidewalks, streets and public and private property will increase rapidly and responsible people looking for a home or an apartment will keep on going outside Philadelphia for a place to live. Eventually, irresponsible absentee landlords who don't even live in Philadelphia who don't shovel their icy sidewalks and have tenants who throw their thrash in the street and have their thrash cans out in front of their house 24-7 and whose drunk tenants disrupt the neighborhood all hours of the night and don't invest one nickel in their properties will also eventually see their properties value decline to zero value.
Alawishes J. Kornberg March 06, 2011 at 03:25 AM
Truck driver John “Yo” Mallen was especially vocal during the meeting at the Venice Island Recreation Center about his concerns with what he perceives as the overall degeneration of the neighborhood. He urged residents to notify the police and apartment owners when they see vandalism or public drinking. Truck driver John “Yo” Mallen was especially vocal during the meeting at the Venice Island Recreation Center about his concerns with what he perceives as the overall degeneration of the neighborhood. What Mr. Mallen "perceives as the overall degeneration of the neighborhood" is what thousands of home owners perceive. There is no way to sugar coat these neighborhood problems no matter how hard anybody tries. “People need to pick up their phones ... start calling,” he said. “This is our community. If you let it go, you’re going to have graffiti on your building.” Mr. Mallen and J ( In the above post) are only saying, what thousands of home owners in the area are thinking.
Vickie Westerfer Remolde June 12, 2011 at 11:25 AM
I am not sure who you are, but your comment about certain family's in the neighborhood is a slap in the face. I am a Westerfer and PROUD of it. How dare you call us trash! My father was a hard worker who supported 6 kids, he was a wonderful loving father! The Westerfer's have a wonderful sense of family, we make it a point to get together every few years. My grandfather and grandmother brought 13 of the most caring, wonderful children in this world who grew up to be wonderful, parents, aunts/uncles.
Jackie Westerfer- Schindler June 12, 2011 at 01:03 PM
Well Jedi, after your comment, I am led to believe two things. The first is, to know all of those names you too had to grow up in the neighborhood, and two you are a coward who is just trying to start trouble. As a Westerfer we were taught pride, family values and integrity. Our homes were clean and we had a sense of neighborhood. Instead of college flags covering the windows we had curtais and instead of trash cans out side of our front doors we had planters. There was a time I could knock on every door of every home on my street and know the person that would answer. Now those homes are just houses that have beeen broken up into apatments and are filled with tenants who really don't care about the neighborhood they are just stopping by.
John Westerfer June 12, 2011 at 02:47 PM
I'm a Westerfer. I also own Sorrentino's deli. So jedi's comment hit me pretty hard. Ha. What a clown. You clearly don't know any of us. Sorrentino's is the definition of a friendly neighborhood mom and pop shop. Every Westerfer I've met are great people. I'm glad to hear that we're on your mind though, jedi. Ha!
Laura Griffin June 12, 2011 at 04:03 PM
Jedi I don't know who the hell you think you are to single out certain families in the neighborhood but you really need to look in the mirror. These families you mentioned are the type of people that will look out for your kids if they see them out in the neighborhood and kick their ass for you if they see them doing something wrong. With all these yuppies moving in Manayunk has gone from a family neighborhood to a college drinking party town. Do you know how many times my daughter and I have been woken up at 2 am from the drunks that walk past our house? Do you know how 5 of the catholic grade schools that we all went to had to close their doors after about a century because of low enrollment because families are moving out and yuppies are moving in? They turned our schools into condos for God's sake!! You wanna bitch about something on here?? Try bitching about the fact that the public schools that someday we will be forced to send our children to when all the catholic schools close for good are busing in people from the ghetto and letting them ruin our neighborhood schools!! Yes property values went up and yes Manayunk is now more appealing to the eye but I'd rather have the old Manayunk back where I could walk down the street and know everyone or not be afraid to let my daughter walk around by herself because I don't know half the people that live here anymore. Where the neighborhood was filled with kids playing in fire hydrants, playing wiffle ball or wall ball
Laura Griffin June 12, 2011 at 04:08 PM
The people that are Manayunk born and raised will always have each others backs! I could go years without seeing someone then run into them at a bar and if a yuppie was talking shit and tried to fight me I can tell you right now my yunkers would have my back! We yunkers may not be the most educated, the richest, the classiest but we DO know how to treat people and we do know how to RESPECT people because that's how our families raised us!! So Jedi to you I give a big Manayunk FUCK YOU I wouldn't change my yunkers for anything in the world and I'll take them over these drunk ass trust fund spoiled ass yuppies any day of the week!
Chris Gallagher, Realtor June 12, 2011 at 05:46 PM
Jedi is a punk biotch. $$$GAL$$$ TSP!!!
Laura Griffin June 12, 2011 at 05:51 PM
awww look at that Jedi took their comment away - I guess they don't stand behind their statement as much as they thought they did! LMAO! Yunker for Life <3 TSP 4EVER!
Bossman June 12, 2011 at 10:13 PM
Don't ever put Turella in the category as any of them all we do is help anybody needed Jedi better kern sone respect get your facts correct b4 you open you junky mouth! There is not one bad thing you can say about my family unless you call no snitchen a bad thing shit we got family do time for not telling n on a dead kid at that n had dud nothing but you all think you fuckkin know anything ya mite have a child you put more tine into n that child b the next president but ur to busy talking shit all jeluous cause you ant got shit n nobody cares to even look you way no you are not important but karma! Always finds it's way none of ya got balls to say anything like that to speak shit to a turellas face after u all kiss our ass to our faces cause it's in our blood but you turn a nice Turella into a mad Turella you get a fake wana b like Jedi snithen over a beating witch means you can only make up shit with no facts but I got facts on you dum rat bastards look around at tour next family gathering just think how much Turella been with your families females trueth is! You don't wana admit you are jeluous you a never was not even a has been
annoymous June 13, 2011 at 08:11 PM
The only college students I know and speak with, who are courteous enough to speak with me are the Turella's.
J. June 26, 2011 at 03:40 PM
"People need to pick up their phones ... start calling,” he said. “This is our community. If you let it go, you’re going to have graffiti on your building.” quote by Mr. John "Yo" Mallen. As I walk and drive around Roxborough and Manayunk I will say Mr. Mallen has been proven right. If I was in the market to buy a house for myself and family and I saw all that graffiti in many areas of our community I would keep on going. "How Does Graffiti Vandalism Affect Our Neighborhoods? Cost of Removal Affects Everyone: According to a 2002 report on graffiti crimes by the Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, “an estimated $12 billion a year is spent cleaning graffiti in the United States”. Graffiti is Demoralizing to the Community: Graffiti creates a sense of blight and neglect in a neighborhood and can contribute to a decline in property values and discourage economic development. Besides the sheer destructive nature of graffiti and the nuisance it causes property owners, it can also be related to hate crimes, drug activity or associated with gangs." Source: From the internet: Philadelphia City Abatement team
Dee July 01, 2011 at 05:11 PM
The funny part is the people that they were talking about are probably the wealthiest people in the neighborhood!!!! jealousy's a bitch!
J. August 30, 2011 at 04:12 PM
How about the cars illegal vehicles parking on the 200 Block of Green Lane and causing a dangerous situation for motorists and pedestrians in the area many drivers are ignoring the No Parking Anytime signs that indicate "No Parking Anytime." it is a very dangerous situation as vehicles are having a very difficult time driving as the 200 Block of Green Lane was built for no Parking by the City engineers. A very hazardous situation as vehicles have to travel in the opposing lanes. It's just an accident waiting to happen.
Alawishes J. Kornberg August 30, 2011 at 04:23 PM
I understand there were numerous cars illegally parked there last evening. with some vehicles still remaning today despite the apparent danger and the "No Parking Anytime signs." The signs are clearly marked. It is just an accident waiting to happen.
J. September 01, 2011 at 04:46 PM
The cars were parked again on the 200 block of Green Lane last night causing vehicles to swerve to avoid contact with the illegally parked cars. When the motorists go around the parked illegal cars they travel in both directions in the opposing lanes of traffic. A very dangerous situation. The cars started to park there after 10pm at night and most remained until 5am 6am this morning.
Alawishes J. Kornberg September 01, 2011 at 04:59 PM
J.: Your are correct in what you say about the illegal parking last night and early this morning. Did you call the Police? I have to give credit where credit is due and Wednesday morning one day ago I called the Police and they did come and ticket all the cars they found that were parked on the 200 block of Green Lane on Wednesday morning. Therefore the Police did a good job ticketing the illegal parkers who cause a dangerous situation on Green Lane. I appreciate their help. Ironically or not so ironically the long time residents on the 200 block of Green Lane pay for legitimate parking spaces and garages to park their cars, then along come these Illegal parkers causing a dangerous situation on Green Lane, which is just a serious accident waiting to happen.
J. September 01, 2011 at 05:06 PM
Mike Your right, the Police did come on Wednesday morning and they ticketed all the illegally parked cars on the 200 Block of Green lane. The Police did do a good job on Wednesday morning. When I see any illegally parked cars there I will call the Police. I also like to give credit where credit is due.
J. September 05, 2011 at 02:28 PM
Over the Labor day weekend more unsightly graffiti has been appearing on the street signs, poles etc on Green Lane. I hope the Police catch the criminal moron or morons who are vandalizing the area with their very destructive criminal mischief.
J. September 05, 2011 at 04:59 PM
"At the June 2008 NoGraf Network Conference of experts from the U.S. and around the world, the annual costs of graffiti was now estimated to be $25 Billion in the US. Keep in mind that this cost does not include costs incurred by private property or business owners and it does not include any amount due to loss of business or decreased property value in graffiti prone areas." Graffiti also causes more littering, crime and fear of crime and leads to burglary and other more serious crime. Most of the Graffiti in the Roxborough and Manayunk looks very familar so I doubt that it is the work of thousands of teenagers running around with cans of spray paint, since most of the scribbling on traffic signs, poles, mailboxes, private property , etc looks very similar. I just wonder if it would spoil some some vast City Plan, if a malicious mischief vandal was arrested now and then as it is not a harmless petty offense. In some instances the crime rises to the degree of felony. If there were arrests, no it would stop graffiti completely but it would cut down the amount in the area. As the grafiiti increases in our area so does, littering and very serious felony crime such as burglary. (Look it up.) In some areas of the City where arrests are made for this vandalism, it turns out many of these morons perpetrating these crimes are not teenagers some of them are in their twenties, thirties and forties according to newspaper accounts.
Alawishes J. Kornberg September 05, 2011 at 05:03 PM
J. All your points are valid.
Alawishes J. Kornberg September 14, 2011 at 03:04 PM
If you call the City 311 operators about the graffiti. The City does send workers to clean it up. The City Anti - Graffiti workers were on Green lane today and they did clean up many street signs that were vandalized with graffiti and they even took off the Political posters of candidates from the last election off the electric poles on Green Lane. I give the City high marks for removing graffiti in the area.
J. September 14, 2011 at 04:01 PM
Yes , the Anti-Graffiti workers do clean up the graffiti when it is reported to them. I also think they do a good job. The Police do a good job also as more then likely the Police do arrest these vandals and the arrests or citations, are not reported in the overall 5th District Police crime statistics, as I have heard that there is a whole Unit in the City Police Department that tracks, traces and makes arrests of graffiti vandals.
J. September 20, 2011 at 05:38 PM
Does anybody know the story on the surge of tractor trailers illegally using Green lane as a thruway Which Green lane is definitly not a thruway?) I was just curious does anybody know of any instances when a tractor trailer went up or down Green lane and did not drive up on the sidewalks and hit the side walk poles, electric poles etc going up or down the hill. On many occassions we see the Police tied up getting these large trucks out of a jam so the Trucks can eventually make it up the hill. Not to far back there was a tractor trailer stuck for hours blocking traffic at Silverwood street. Traffic was at a standstill for hours. It looked like the driver was attempting to turn his tractor trailer around. ( As strange as that sounds.) So the driver had both Green lane and Silverwood Street blocked for hours. Police cars were tied up for hours until finally tons of equipment were sent to that location to diismantle the tractor trailer into smaller parts to untangle the mess made by the driver. Theres' a School Crossing Guard at Green lane and Silverwood street and the School Crossing Guard does an excellent job but these tractor trailers make a very dangerous situation not only for the School crossing Guard, but also for the school children, senior citizens and pedestrians in the area.
J. September 20, 2011 at 05:47 PM
Does anybody know the story on the surge of tractor trailers illegally using Green lane as a thruway Which Green lane is definitely not a thruway?) I was just curious does anybody know of any instances when a tractor trailer went up or down Green lane and did not drive up on the sidewalks and hit the side walk poles, electric poles etc going up or down the hill. On many occasions we see the Police tied up getting these large trucks out of a jam so the Trucks can eventually make it up the hill. Not to far back there was a tractor trailer stuck for hours blocking traffic at Silverwood street. Traffic was at a standstill for hours. It looked like the driver was attempting to turn his tractor trailer around. ( As strange as that sounds.) So the driver had both Green lane and Silverwood Street blocked for hours. Police cars were tied up for hours until finally tons of equipment were sent to that location to dismantle the tractor trailer into smaller parts to untangle the mess made by the driver. There's a School Crossing Guard at Green lane and Silverwood street and the School Crossing Guard does an excellent job but these tractor trailers make a very dangerous situation not only for the School crossing Guard, but also for the school children, senior citizens and pedestrians in the area
Alawishes J. Kornberg September 20, 2011 at 10:27 PM
All your points are valid J.
Alawishes J. Kornberg November 05, 2011 at 04:29 PM
It appears most of the tractor trailers using Green Lane as a thruway (Which it is not) are owned by the same company. "Does anybody know the story on the surge of tractor trailers illegally using Green lane as a thruway Which Green lane is definitely not a thruway?) " I was just curious does anybody know of any instances when a tractor trailer went up or down Green lane and did not drive up on the sidewalks and hit the side walk poles, electric poles etc going up or down the hill. On many occasions we see the Police tied up getting these large trucks out of a jam so the Trucks can eventually make it up the hill. Not to far back there was a tractor trailer stuck for hours blocking traffic at Silverwood street. Traffic was at a standstill for hours. It looked like the driver was attempting to turn his tractor trailer around. ( As strange as that sounds.) So the driver had both Green lane and Silverwood Street blocked for hours. Police cars were tied up for hours until finally tons of equipment were sent to that location to dismantle the tractor trailer into smaller parts to untangle the mess made by the driver.untangle the mess made by the driver. There's a School Crossing Guard at Green lane and Silverwood street and the School Crossing Guard does an excellent job but these tractor trailers make a very dangerous situation not only for the School crossing Guard, but also for the school children, senior citizens and pedestrians in the area."
Alawishes J. Kornberg November 05, 2011 at 04:54 PM
"Mr. Mallen and J ( In the above post) are only saying, what thousands of home owners in the area are thinking" I will say that the 311 operators along with the City do respond promptly and efficiently to reports of graffiti, sanitation and thrash conditions in our area and they do a good job whenever they are notified of these conditions. I have to give credit where credit is do.
Alawishes J. Kornberg January 14, 2012 at 05:15 PM
Does anybody know the story on the surge of tractor trailers illegally using Green lane as a thruway Which Green lane is definitly not a thruway?) I was just curious does anybody know of any instances when a tractor trailer went up or down Green lane and did not drive up on the sidewalks and hit the side walk poles, electric poles etc going up or down the hill. On many occassions we see the Police tied up getting these large trucks out of a jam so the Trucks can eventually make it up the hill. Not to far back there was a tractor trailer stuck for hours blocking traffic at Silverwood street. Traffic was at a standstill for hours. It looked like the driver was attempting to turn his tractor trailer around. ( As strange as that sounds.) So the driver had both Green lane and Silverwood Street blocked for hours. Police cars were tied up for hours until finally tons of equipment were sent to that location to diismantle the tractor trailer into smaller parts to untangle the mess made by the driver. Theres' a School Crossing Guard at Green lane and Silverwood street and the School Crossing Guard does an excellent job but these tractor trailers make a very dangerous situation not only for the School crossing Guard, but also for the school children, senior citizens and pedestrians in the area

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