April Fools!

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 272½ // April 1, 2024 Thank you for reading our April Fools Newsletter, if you aren't already a newsletter subscriber, sign up here!  All of these news items are satire, but obviously, with a kernel of truth touching on systemic issues with Philadelphia's broken political process and the way its affects our built environment and its residents. Continue reading

Primary Endorsements - 2024 PA State Legislature Races

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEFriday, March 15, 2024 5th Square is proud to announce its endorsement for the following candidates for the 2024 Pennsylvania primary elections. Continue reading

Press Release: Bus Revolution Delay

5th Square is providing the following press release in reaction to the recent Delay in Implementing Bus Revolution February 13, 2024For Immediate Release PHILADELPHIA -- 5th Square Chair Steph Davis said, “SEPTA is in a moment of crisis. The bus system is not working even for our deeply-rooted communities. The insidious failures of the current system outweigh any potential shortcomings of an intentional bus network redesign with the Bus Revolution. Council can address underfunding, but without the Bus Revolution we cannot respond to the operator shortage while adapting to the changing needs of riders.  Continue reading

Press Release: New Streets Dept Commissioner

5th Square is providing the following press release in reaction to Mayor Parker’s creation and appointment of Streets Commissioner  February 5, 2024For Immediate Release PHILADELPHIA -- 5th Square Chair Steph Davis says, “For far too long, Philadelphia has combined transportation operations with sanitation in the Streets Department. Consequently, transportation priorities are subsumed by the larger sanitation operations in terms of budget and staffing.” Continue reading

Act 40 is not the solution to our Region’s Transit Woes

"For years, we have known about the impending transit funding cliff facing SEPTA and other agencies across our Commonwealth. Without help from Harrisburg, riders in our region will face massive service cuts and fare increases in the coming months. Stranding thousands of riders, worsening traffic congestion, and hampering Pennsylvania’s economic recovery from COVID", says 5th Square Chair, Steph Davis. Continue reading

Newsletter: 🎄 Holiday Party Tomorrow / 🏆 Urbanist Award Winners / 🚇 Blvd Subway Meeting Thursday

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 258 🎄 HOLIDAY PARTY TOMORROW Join 5th Square members and friends for our annual Holiday Party + Urbanist Awards Ceremony at Resurrection Philadelphia, 42nd & Pine Streets on TOMORROW Wednesday, December 13th at 7 PM! Continue reading

Newsletter: 🎄 Holiday Party Next Week / 📸 Save Philly's Speed Cameras / 🎉 Blvd Subway Victories

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 257 🎄 HOLIDAY PARTY NEXT WEEK Join 5th Square members and friends for our annual Holiday Party + Urbanist Awards Ceremony at Resurrection Philadelphia, 42nd & Pine Streets on Wednesday, December 13th at 7 PM! Continue reading

Newsletter: 🚇 Blvd Subway Meeting TONIGHT / ⛔ Preventing Traffic Deaths / 🥶 Cold Thanksgiving for Bus Riders

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 256 🚇 BLVD SUBWAY MEETING TONIGHT Tonight's the night to show up to support the Roosevelt Boulevard Subway! We need supporters at tonight's meeting to solidify support for this critical project.  Continue reading

Newsletter: 🎄 Holiday Party Next Month / 🏆 Urbanist Award Nominations / 🚏 Intercity Bus Terminal Relocation

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 255 🚇 BLVD SUBWAY INPUT MEETINGS This is where the rubber hits the road.  If we are serious about making the Roosevelt Boulevard Subway a reality, we need a supporters at these events! Continue reading

Press Release: Intercity Bus Terminal Relocation

Press Release: Intercity Bus Terminal Relocation FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, November 15, 2023 PHILADELPHIA — While we recognize the temporary relocation of Philadelphia’s intercity bus terminal as forward progress in addressing some of our concerns, the City and bus carriers still have a long way to go in serving both riders and city residents. Continue reading

Newsletter: 🚇 Upcoming Blvd Subway Meetings / 💔 A Heartbreaking Record / 🚧 Learn About Street Paving

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 254 🚇 UPCOMING BLVD SUBWAY MEETINGS Want to get more involved in advocating for the Roosevelt Blvd Subway? There will be three upcoming meetings in November and December which will be a great opportunity to make your voice heard. We'll also be handing out some free swag to supporters at these meetings, so don't miss it! Continue reading

Newsletter: 🗳️ Vote Today! / 🛣️ Narrow Lanes Save Lives / 🚲 Bike Lane Updates

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 253 🗳️ VOTE TODAY! It's election day! If you haven't voted already, polls will be open until 8:00 p.m. tonight. Continue reading

Newsletter: 🚋 Faster Trolleys and Buses / 🗳️ Election Next Tuesday / 🧥 New Blvd Subway Hoodies

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 252 🚋 FASTER TROLLEYS AND BUSES Getting delayed on the bus or trolley from an illegally parked car is a frustrating experience that can make transit riders feel like second-class citizens. Fortunately, a new law passed by City Council would equip SEPTA buses and trolleys with cameras for automated enforcement against illegal parking in bus lanes, on trolley tracks, and blocking bus stops. Continue reading

Newsletter: ⚾ Sports and Subways / 🛣️ Learn About Street Design / 🏙️ Family-Sized Apartments

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 251 ⚾ SPORTS AND SUBWAYS Last Tuesday, the sports complex was abuzz with three games in one night, drawing a massive crowd of 126,000 fans. Though it was a chaotic night if you were driving, the tens of thousands of fans who took the Broad Street Line had a fun, free, and fast trip down to South Philly. Continue reading

Newsletter: 🙅 Tell PennDOT No Highway Expansion / 🚇 Successful Blvd Subway Hearing / 📚 Expanded Library Hours

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 250 🙅 TELL PENNDOT NO HIGHWAY EXPANSION PennDOT is seeking feedback (respond by Thursday) for their plans to expand portions of I-95 through South Philly. All of PennDOT's proposed changes involve highway and ramp widenings through the heart of our city, which will increase traffic volume, pollution, and traffic deaths, and undermine sustainable modes of transportation like walking, biking, and public transit. Continue reading

Tell PennDOT: NO highway expansion in Philly!

Tell PennDOT that there should be no highway expansion or new interchange between the Walt Whitman Bridge and Broad St, and that we should instead create more walkable and bikeable streets, and expand public transit (eg the BSL Navy Yard Extension). Continue reading

Newsletter: 🚇 Blvd Subway Hearing Tomorrow / 💸 SEPTA Funding Update / 🗳️ Register to Vote

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 249 🚇 CITY COUNCIL BLVD SUBWAY HEARING TOMORROW TOMORROW at 1:00 p.m., City Council's Transportation Committee will be holding a virtual hearing on the proposed Roosevelt Boulevard Subway which will be streamed here. Continue reading

Newsletter: ✅ Endorsement Alert / 🚣 Meetup this Thursday / 🚇 Blvd Subway Hearing

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 248 ✅ ENDORSEMENT ALERT 5th Square is proud to announce its endorsements for the following candidates running for City Council in this year’s general elections. Continue reading

General Election Endorsements - 2023 Philadelphia City Council

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMonday, October 2, 2023 5th Square is proud to announce its endorsements for the following candidates running for City Council in this year’s general elections. Continue reading

Newsletter: 🏛️ Lobby for Speed Cameras / 🚣‍♀️ Meetup Next Thursday / 🛣️ Say No to Highway Spending

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 247 🏛️ LOBBY FOR SPEED CAMERAS Join us and the Bicycle Coalition in Harrisburg to renew and expand automated speed enforcement in Philly on Tuesday, October 3rd. Continue reading

Newsletter: 🗳️ Endorsements Straw Poll / 🚇 Transit Funding / 🎥 Expanding Automated Speed Enforcement

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 246 🗳️ ENDORSEMENTS STRAW POLL Our membership is deciding our endorsements for the General Election THIS WEEK via straw poll.  JOIN TODAY to be part of this process by becoming a member for only $5 / month! Continue reading

Newsletter: 🤝 September Meetup / 👟 Feet First Mini-Grant / 🚲 Washington Square West Bike Day

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 245 🤝 SEPTEMBER MEETUP: MANAYUNK 🚨THIS THURSDAY🚨September 14, 2023 at 6:00pm – 8pm Join 5th Square organizers and volunteers for an informal, in-person meet-up over at the PHS Pop Up Garden at Manayunk! We will be welcoming folks from SEPTA who will update us on the new Wissahickon Transportation Center. Continue reading

Newsletter: 🚌 SEPTA Bus Overhaul - Finished Plans / 🚸 PennDOT Vulnerable Road Users Survey / 🖥 Improving SEPTA Real-Time tracking

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 244 🚌 SEPTA BUS OVERHAUL - FINISHED PLANS After six years of planning, SEPTA is ready to unveil it's completed bus route system redesign. SEPTA will hold 10 public hearings over the last two weeks of September to collect final testimony, before the board can vote on whether or not to approve it. Continue reading

Newsletter: ⛰️ Ben Franklin Pkwy Redesign Pop-up / 🤝 September Meetup: Manayunk / 🎫 SEPTA Contactless Payment Pilot

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 243 ⛰️OVAL MEETUP JOIN US! For a conversation with the Ben Franklin Parkway redesign team at the Oval Pop-Up Festival, this Sunday at noon! Continue reading

Newsletter: 🏖️ Beach Trip & Meetup / 📱 SEPTA Contactless Fare / 🧪 Pennovation Car Dependency

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 242 🏖️ Beach Trip this Saturday It looks like this Saturday is going to have perfect beach weather! Join us in a daytrip to Atlantic City by beach train! We have a fun day planned of hoagie-eating, jitney-riding, beach-laying, and of course, margarita-drinking.   Continue reading

Newsletter: 🏖️ Come to Our Beach Trip! / ⏸️ Conshy Garage Paused / 🅿️Finally! Sidewalk Parking Enforcement

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 241 🏖️ 5th Square Beach Trip What are you doing next Saturday? Join us in a daytrip to Atlantic City by beach train! We have a fun day planned of hoagie-eating, jitney-riding, beach-laying, and of course, margarita-drinking.   Continue reading

Newsletter: 🚸 A Kid-Friendly Philly / 🐕 Demand Shelter for Greyhound Riders / 🏖️ Beach Trip

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 240 5TH SQUARE IN THE NEWS🚸 Ways to Make Philly Kid-Friendly Philadelphia Magazine published a recently listed 17 ideas to make Philly a kid-friendly city. All of which are priorities which we embrace here at 5th Square. Continue reading

Newsletter: 🐕 Demand Shelter for Greyhound Riders / 💳 Fare Wins In Effect! /💰 Vision Zero Ideas / 🏖️ Beach Trip

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 239 🐕 PETITION: Give Greyhound Riders Shelter We demand the Mayor and the Streets Department to require Greyhound to shelter their waiting riders and begin work on a new bus terminal. Continue reading

Newsletter: 🚘 I-95 Carmageddon Never Came / 🤝 Meetup Next Week / 🚇 Blvd Subway News

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 238 🤝 Meetup Next Week Join 5th Square organizers and volunteers for an informal, in-person meet-up Resurrection Philadelphia’s Annex401 S 42nd St - West PhillyNEXT Thursday, July 6th at 6 PM Continue reading

Newsletter: 🛣️ Transportation Reparations / 🌳 48th St Greenway / 🚌 Bus Lane Enforcement Bill

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 237 🛣️ A Bold Proposal for I-95: Transportation Reparations The interstate has splintered neighborhoods and magnified inequities since its construction in 1957. Continue reading

Newsletter: 🚇 Blvd Subway WIN / 🍻 Meetup TOMORROW / 🌬️ Our Car-Choked City is Killing Us

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 236 🚇 Boulevard Subway Council Hearings Philadelphia City Council will hold hearings about a proposed Roosevelt Boulevard Subway, a move spurred by the I-95 collapse in Northeast Philly over the weekend. Continue reading

Newsletter: 🍻 June Meetup / 🚘 Paved Paradise / 👕 Roosevelt Blvd Subway Crop Tops

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 235 🍻 June Meetup Join 5th Square organizers and volunteers for an informal, in-person meet-up over at the newly-opened Walnut Garden! This is an outdoor, family-friendly event where we will provide updates on our recent campaigns. Continue reading

Newsletter: 📝 How is Parker on Our Issues? / 📩 SEPTA Budget Action / 🏎️ West Philly's Deadly Speedway / 🏢 Legalizing Affordable Housing

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 234 📝 How is Cherelle Parker on Transit and Litter? With Cherelle Parker as the Democratic nominee as Mayor, she is heavily favored to win the seat in November's general election. We are eager to see how she will govern as Mayor, and whether she will work to further our common goals for a more robust and resilient city. Continue reading

Newsletter: 🏇 Post Election Roundup / 📩 Email SEPTA Budget Asks / 🏛️ Harrisburg Lobby Day

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 233 🏇 Post-Election Roundup Congrats to all our endorsed nominees who won last Tuesday's primary! We're excited to work with you to make Philly more sustainable, affordable, equitable, and safer. Continue reading

Newsletter: 🗳️ Election Day TOMORROW / 📝 Contest: Guess Who Wins / 🏛️ Harrisburg Lobby Day

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 232 📝 CONTEST: Guess Who Wins the Election Election Day is gonna be a nail-biter! We're holding a contest to see who can correctly guess the results of tomorrow's Mayor and Council race. Wager your best guess to win a Roosevelt Blvd Subway T-Shirt and bragging rights! Continue reading

Newsletter: 👕Free Shirt! / 📮Mail Ballot Reminder / 🚫Tell SEPTA: No More Parking

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 231 📮 Mail Ballot Reminder Only one week left until election day! Here is our voter guide (and where to find our endorsed candidates on your mail-in ballot) Continue reading

Newsletter: 👕Free Blvd Subway T-Shirt / 📮Mail-In Ballots are Here / 🚲 PPA Unblocking Bike Lanes

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 230 📮 Mail in ballots are here! Only two weeks left until election day! Here is a reminder of our endorsed candidates (and where to find them on your mail-in ballot) Continue reading

2023 Mayoral Primary - Steering Committee Recommendation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEThursday, April 20, 2023 5th Square’s Steering Committee recommends both Rebecca Rhynhart and Helen Gym for Mayor of Philadelphia Continue reading

Newsletter: 🦺Looking at SEPTA's Priorities / 🎙️Mayoral Mobility Takes / 💳 Expand Low-Income Fares

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 229 🦺SEPTA'S NEW CAPITAL BUDGET With the demise of KOP rail, SEPTA's latest capital budget is showing the agency now shifting priorities, and money, to acquire replacement transit vehicles and address repair backlogs. Continue reading

Newsletter: 🏆 SEPTA Fare Wins! / ✅ Our Endorsements Matter / 💳Expand Low-Income Fares

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 228 🏆 SEPTA FARE WINS! Advocacy works! SEPTA proposed two important fare changes in their recent operating budget that moves towards our long-standing fare asks to increase ridership and make the system more user-friendly. A Second Free Transfer Zone 1 + PHL Airport Regional Rail access for TransPass users Continue reading

April Fools!

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 227 // April 1, 2023 Thank you for reading our second April Fools Newsletter, if you aren't already a newsletter subscriber, sign up here!  All of these news items are satire, but obviously, with a kernel of truth touching on systemic issues with Philadelphia's broken political process and the way its affects our built environment and its residents. Continue reading

Newsletter: ✅ Announcing City Council Endorsements! / 🤝 Chinatown Stitch Survey / 🚇 Life after KOP Rail

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 226 ✅ CITY COUNCIL ENDORSEMENTS Our City Council endorsements are out! Continue reading

Primary Endorsements - 2023 Philadelphia City Council

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEWednesday, March 22, 2023 5th Square is proud to announce its endorsements for the following candidates running for City Council in this year’s primary elections. Continue reading

Newsletter: ⚰️ R.I.P. KOP Rail / 🗳️ Endorsement Vote Time / 🏟️ Our Statement on the Arena

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 225 ⚰️ KOP RAIL PROJECT PAUSED Last Friday, SEPTA announced that they are pausing the 4-mile King of Prussia rail extension to its Norristown High Speed Line. The project was expected to cost more than $3 billion. Continue reading

Statement on 76ers Arena Proposal

5th Square stands in full solidarity with those working to ensure that Chinatown remains a vibrant, affordable, and accessible center of the Chinese community in Philadelphia. Continue reading

Newsletter: 📹 Catch up on the candidates / 🚌 Sign up for the Bus Revolution draft network webinar!

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 224 5th Square is Philadelphia's urbanist political action committee, organizing and advocating for better transportation, land use, and public space policies. Our work is made possible through the support of over 400 members donating anywhere from $5 to $25 a month. 🤝🍻 CANDIDATE MEET AND GREETS, QUESTIONNAIRES, & ENDORSEMENTS We recently held two meet and greets with mayoral and council candidates. if you missed these, don't worry! Recordings of candidate introductions are on YouTube: Continue reading

Newsletter: 🍻 Catch Up with the Candidates! 📅 Plus, tons of events!

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 223 🤝🍻 NORTH PHILLY CANDIDATE MEETUP The second of our two candidate meet & greet events is THIS Thursday at 6:30 PM, at Attic Brewing in Germantown. Continue reading

Newsletter: 🍻 Meet (and read) the Candidates / 🚃 SEPTA Capital Budget news / ❄️ Pics from the Phreeze

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 222 🤝🍻 CANDIDATE MEETUPS Endorsement season is kicking off, so come meet us at two events! We will be joined by candidates for the Mayor and City Council running in the upcoming primary on May 16th. Continue reading

Newsletter: 🚃 Support the trolleys! / 🍻 Candidate Meet & Greet Events / 🚨 RCO actions!

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 221 🚃 SUPPORT NEW TROLLEYS The monthly SEPTA board meeting is THIS THURSDAY at 3pm, and Trolley Modernization is on the agenda. We need you to voice your support for new trolleys! Continue reading