5th Square is Philly's urbanist political action committee. We formed in 2014 to support candidates for local elected office who are committed to policy change in the areas of transportation, land use, and public space, and to advance a vision for a more accessible, sustainable, equitable Philadelphia for all residents.
The name 5th Square refers to the last of Philadelphia's five original public squares, Centre Square, the seat of City Hall, and the heart of our rapid transit network. It's the literal convergence of politics, transportation, and public space in Philly's metropolitan center.
During campaign season, we rate candidates for local and state office based on their voting records, campaign positions, and support for urbanist policy goals. We then endorse, fund, and provide volunteer support for the candidates best positioned to advance our mission. Between elections, we engage in issue advocacy and rapid response to legislation, host events, and provide political support to other urbanist advocates, organizations, and campaigns.
5th Square is a nonpartisan political action committee (PAC) organized within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, co-chaired by Jake Liefer and Dena Driscoll. We are supported by a large extended family of volunteers and activists, along with over 500 small donors.
Sign up for our weekly newsletter, which reaches over 10,000 subscribers each week. Become a member to sustain the organization and have a say on our candidate endorsements. Volunteer with us to help build Philly's urbanist political movement. Contact us at [email protected]