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    some of Philly's best young artists & makers
    including Streets Dept's Conrad Benner and
    Philly Love Notes' Emma Fried-Cassorla.
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About Us

The 5th Square is a political action committee (PAC) organized within the State of Pennsylvania to advocate for smart policy for transportation, public space, land use, and better governance in Philadelphia. 

Our name is a reference to City Hall – the functional and symbolic intersection of local government and public space, through which virtually every artery of our public transit network runs. It's the very heart of our great city.

We believe our platform highlights everyday issues that are important to a broad coalition of Philadelphians. In many ways, our goals reflect a quality of life that was once enjoyed throughout the city just a few generations ago: dense and close-knit communities were prevalent, people walked to work, children played in the street, public transit service was robust, and the city was designed and built for people.

Philadelphia needs visionary leaders who understand that well-crafted policy can shape the future of our city. We’ll interview, evaluate, and rate all candidates for mayor and city council. Then we’ll endorse, fund, and provide volunteer support for the very best and brightest of those candidates.

We are currently fundraising (contribute here) and evaluating candidates on their records and campaign stances. We will also be asking candidates to pledge their support toward our 2015 Platform. Look to us in the weeks and months ahead to provide information on candidates and important election issues. 

You can also like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Most importantly, spread the word about us. We're here for the long haul.

 

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    Donation

    JUST STARTED
    GOAL: $5,000.00

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    Thanks to folks like you, we raised $5000 a matter of weeks after launching our site and debuting our 2015 Platform. We'd like your help to get us over the $10,000 mark and have sweetened the pot for donors with some limited edition items from some of Philly's finest photographers and artists. 

    Here's what you get if you:

    Donate $100

    you'll get a limited edition calendar from some of Philly's finest street photographers. Artists include Conrad Benner of the popular Streets Dept, Brad Maule of Hidden City and Philly SkylineRachael Hara and Paul Gargagliano (freelance) among others. 

    Donate $200

    and get the calendar + a Philly Love Notes Woodcut map of the city by Emma Fried-Cassorla!

    This fundraising drive is a little different than prior ones. It's a moneybomb format, meaning those who recruit others to donate at least $200 will be given a special thank you. We only have about a week to reach our goal of $5000. You can keep track of how much more time we have using the ticker below. Help us reach our goal and get some great products in the process! 

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