The 5th Square is a non-partisan political action committee (PAC) organized within the State of Pennsylvania to advocate for smart transportation and land-use policies, more investment in parks, playgrounds and public space, and better governance in Philadelphia.
Our 2015 Platform highlights everyday issues that are important to a broad coalition of Philadelphians. In many ways, the goals reflect a quality of life that many Philadelphians enjoyed just a few generations ago: dense and close-knit communities were prevalent, people walked to work, children played in the street, public transportation was robust, and the city was designed and built for people.
Philadelphia needs visionary public leaders to make this happen. That's where we come in.
We're interviewing, evaluating, and rating all candidates for mayor and city council. In advance of the November 3rd general election, we’ll also endorse, fund, and provide volunteer support for the very best candidates.
We evaluate candidates on their records and campaign stances, and we also ask them to pledge their support toward our 2015 Platform. In the weeks and months ahead we will continue to provide information on candidates and important election issues.
We are named for the last of Philadelphia's five original squares, Centre Square, through which our rapid transit operates and upon which stands Dilworth Park and City Hall. It's the heart of our city.