Kenney pushes bill to change look of curb cuts in historic areas

A Philadelphia City Councilman wants sidewalk curb cuts in historic sections of the city to conform to their surroundings. 

The curb cuts being installed in historic areas are not aesthetically pleasing, said Councilman Jim Kenney. He says residents are upset in neighborhoods such as Society Hill or Old City.

“It looks terrible, the way in which the white concrete abuts with the brick payment in the wings of the ramp looks atrocious,” said Kenney.

Councilman Kenney said his bill would make the new curb cuts conform to the historic surroundings.

“These folks work hard to keep their neighborhoods historically relevant and I think it’s good for the city’s image and the city’s tourism other to keep these historic neighborhoods historic and not to ruin the way it looks based on compliance with ADA I think we can do both,” he said.

Kenney didn’t mention how much extra it would cost to make the curb-cuts blend in.

Want a digest of WHYY’s programs, events & stories? Sign up for our weekly newsletter.

It will take 126,000 members this year for great news and programs to thrive. Help us get to 100% of the goal.