5th Square Weekly Newsletter: July 16, 2018

Image: JVM Studio

Old City District is hosting a meeting asking people to reenvision the park space at 2nd and Market next to Christ Church.


Wednesday, July 18th, 6:30 pm
Old City District - 2nd and Market Park Meeting
Old City District is hosting a meeting about ways to make the National Park land at 2nd and Market more like a park, and seeking public feedback about what people want to see in the space. OCD received a state grant for a conceptual design project for this space. The design team (JVM Studio, Ground Reconsidered, and Think.Urban) will present research on the history of the space and how it's used today.

Thursday, July 19th, 6pm-7:30 pm
Philly YIMBY Kick-off Meeting
Calling all supporters of abundant housing of all kinds: 5th Square is forming a new Philly YIMBY ('Yes In My Back Yard') initiative to change the politics of housing by building coalitions of housing supporters at all levels of the land-use process. Get involved in helping grow the movement to protect and expand the gains from Philadelphia’s recent history of progressive zoning reform.

Thursday, July 19th, 7:30 pm
SOSNA Safety Committee Meeting
Graduate Hospital members interested in pedestrian safety, parking reform, and Washington Avenue: get involved with SOSNA's Safety Committee! The committee is taking on some new issues of interest to subscribers of this newsletter, and they're looking for volunteers. Intersection daylighting, permit parking, and Washington Avenue are on the agenda for this Thursday's meeting, which takes place at SOSNA headquarters (1901 Christian St) at 7:30 pm.

Wednesday, July 24th, 6pm-7:30 pm
Washington Avenue Gateway Walk with DRWC
Come discuss a safer and more walkable future for the eastern end of Washington Avenue at a walking tour with Delaware River Waterfront Corporation staff and the Washington Avenue Gateway project team. The group will meet at the corner of Jefferson Square at 4th and Washington at 6 pm. The focus area for DRWC's gateway work is from 4th St to Columbus Boulevard, and will be aimed at making this section of Washington Ave a more inviting place for pedestrians, cyclists, and users of the Avenue and waterfront public space. Bring your best ideas for improving this area!

Wednesday, July 25th, 6pm-7:30pm
5th Square General Meeting
Our monthly general meeting is a good opportunity to meet other local urbanists, learn about the work our committees are doing, and get involved. We will be presenting some legislative updates on bills we've been tracking in City Council and the state legislature related to safer streets and housing, and discussing takeaways from the bus network redesign report completed for SEPTA by Jarrett Walker + Associates. All are welcome!


5th Square is selling a limited run artist series t-shirt, featuring an original illustration by Kate Otte. 
Proceeds from sales will go to fund our 2019 political activities for City Council races. You can get a shirt at half price ($10 instead of $20) if you become a member, and sign up for a $5 recurring monthly donation


Philadelphia is second to only Los Angeles as one of the most air-polluted metropolitan regions in the United States, according to a report by the PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center covered by CBS3. Greater Philadelphia region inhabitants experienced 111 days (over 3 months) in 2016 with elevated air pollution leading to respiratory illnesses including sore throats, asthma attacks, and premature death. Researchers note that, “Burning fossil fuels such as coal, diesel, gasoline and natural gas creates air pollution in the form of smog, particulates and air toxics.”  

Vision Zero activists organized a human-protected bike lane last Tuesday morning on 22nd Street between South and Lombard to protest the routine blockage of that lane since Wawa opened. A Bicycle Coalition petition calling on Wawa and the City to take action is so far up to 500 signatures.

Parking spaces greatly outnumber people in Philadelphia, according to a new study, but it's still a constant issue because of city leaders' failure to properly manage overnight parking and corridor parking. Mismanaging street parking imposes huge costs on the city in a whole range of areas, like housing affordability, traffic congestion, and street safety.

PlanPhilly’s Jim Saksa dives deep into the complex challenges of managing Drexel's expansion and Schuylkill Yards, and the resulting gentrification pressure on the neighboring Powelton and Mantua neighborhoods. 

Controller Rebecca Rhynhart is auditing the Parking Authority for the first time in a decade

Cities around the U.S. are converting their dangerous slip lanes into pedestrian plazas. Streetsblog highlights some of the best examples. 


The Land Bank released an RFP to develop 7 parcels on 51st and Market

The Arts and Business Council is hiring an Executive Director
Delaware River Waterfront Corporation is hiring a Creative Director

SEPTA is hiring a Capital Budget Analyst

The Department of Revenue is hiring a Data Analyst

Mural Arts is hiring a Director of Communications and Brand Management

Amtrak is hiring a Senior Architect
Bartram's Garden is hiring a Community Partnerships Manager
The Welcoming Center has two new job openings

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