One City, One Fare: End the $1 Transfer Penalty

SEPTA riders have been through a lot this year, and just last week, SEPTA announced they're raising fares from $1.80 to 2.00 on buses, the Market-Frankford Line, the Broad Street Line, and trolleys, and from $2.25 to $2.50 for single rides.It's time for SEPTA to give riders a break, and stop charging an extra $1 penalty to transfer between buses, subways, and trolleys. Sign the petition to tell SEPTA to end the $1 transfer penalty Continue reading

Support The Protected Walkways Bill

In 2015, mayoral candidate Jim Kenney campaigned on safety improvements for pedestrians around construction sites as well as limitations on the use of these often excessive sidewalk closures that put people in danger. We're organizing support for a bill in City Council that would help fulfill this promise by promoting more protected walkways on streets bordering construction sites. The catalyst for this bill is none other than Council's newest "sidewalk animal," 5th Square endorsee Helen Gym. Continue reading

Stand up to Big Litter in Harrisburg

Plastic bags are one of the biggest sources of litter on our streets and in our rivers, and local officials need more tools to reduce plastic bag litter, not fewer. But state lawmakers are rushing through a bill that's expected to pass that would make it harder for cities to reign in plastic bag waste and keep their streets clean. Continue reading

Support a Safer South Broad Street

Every Philadelphian deserves access to a safer South Broad Street. Whether you live or work on the street or simply travel through it on foot, by bus, by bike, or by car, South Broad can be made safer and more welcoming for all by enforcing existing parking regulations and by putting the median space to better use as either a landscaped median, a protected multi-use path, or some combination of both. Sign our petition to Mayor Kenney for a safer South Broad. Continue reading

Support Rapid Implementation of Mayor Kenney's Protected Bike Lanes

We're organizing community support for rapid implementation of protected bike lanes so people of all ages in every neighborhood can begin to benefit from a true network of safe infrastructure.  Continue reading

Support a Walkable Frankford Ave

After much work, the Fishtown Neighbors Association Safety Committee succeeded in getting a four-way stop approved for the area around Frankford Avenue, Shackamaxon, and Thompson Streets. It took years of advocacy from neighbors to get this far, and actually getting the safety intervention in place still needs to happen. Community volunteers shouldn't need to work so hard for crosswalks and other basic safety needs. Continue reading

End the City Hall Parking Lot

On the campaign trail, we asked Jim Kenney (and all candidates) to commit to stopping politicos from parking on the City Hall plaza and to restore the plaza to its intended use as a pedestrian space. On day one as Mayor, he held to his word, and the City Hall parking lot is dead. Thank you, Mayor Kenney! Continue reading

5th Square Candidates Win

5th Square's endorsed candidate for Mayor, Jim Kenney, and candidates for council at-large, Helen Gym and Blondell Reynold Brown, were elected today and will take office in January 2017. 5th Square endorsed each of these candidates prior to May's primary election and through the general. Continue reading