The 194th District

Dear Honorable Members of the Redistricting Commission: I urge you to reconsider the State House Redistricting proposal for East Falls, Philadelphia, the neighborhood where I live. EAST FALLS is part of Northwest Philadelphia. Together with Roxborough and Manayunk, which are adjacent communities, East Falls is strongly residential and identified with the Schuylkill River. Philadelphia’s Department of City Planning groups our neighborhoods together in all of their planning documents. For years, we have all worked together for the betterment of our river communities. Proposed redistricting would incorrectly group East Falls instead with WEST Philadelphia, which is on the opposite side of the Schuylkill River. However, the River actually divides the City and creates separate sections. West Philadelphia, is densely populated and has developed a strong ‘eds and meds’ identity, is thus situated in an entirely different part of the city, with entirely different interests. it's representative will rightly be most concerned with the university and research needs of this section of the city. From the perspective of our shared needs, it is more logical to keep East Falls in a State House District as it currently is, a part of the northwest, with Pam DeLissio currently serving as our dedicated and excellent State Representative. Thank you for your consideration. Sincerely, Gina Snyder East Falls/Philadelphia