2019 Primary Election - 5th Square Endorsements

For the upcoming 2019 primary election on May 21st, 5th Square Endorses: Council At-LargeAdrián RIVERA-REYES #54Helen GYM #56Eryn SANTAMOOR #60Justin DIBERARDINIS #80 District Council 2nd DistrictLauren VIDAS #84 District Council 3rd DistrictJamie GAUTHIER #85 Charter Change Question #4“Public Safety Enforcement Officer” - YES   Continue reading

City Council Candidates Talk Public Transit in ‘Broke in Philly’ Questionnaire

Candidates for City Council and for other public offices had great responses on public transportation in the "Broke in Philly" questionnaire! Our endorsed candidates especially shined! Most candidates favored family-friendly fares, discounted or free youth rates, expanding university pass programs, optimization of the bus system, and ending the $1 transfer fee. Several Council candidates we didn’t endorse also had good ideas for transit, showing that the tide is turning on this issue. Here are their responses to the question: “How will you increase access to public transportation in Philly?” Continue reading

Newsletter: Help Elect Urbanist Candidates for City Council next Tuesday!

Next Tuesday May 21st is Primary Election Day!  This election is a once-every-four-years opportunity to make a major difference for urbanist causes in Philadelphia, with local elected officials having outsized responsibility for whether our built environment, and especially our transportation and housing systems, are accessible for all residents. Continue reading

5th Square Endorses "Yes" Vote for Charter Change Question #4

We endorse a "Yes" vote for Proposed Charter Change Question #4 in the upcoming May 21st election, establishing the title of "Public Safety Enforcement Officer" to assist the Police Department in regulating the flow of traffic. Continue reading

Newsletter: Johnson May Oppose 22nd St Protected Bike Lane Petition, Squilla Takes up Italian Market Driveway Issue

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 83 The 2019 Election is in just three weeks!Check out 5th Square's 2019 City Council slate and vote for a pro-transit, pro-bike, pro-housing City Council on Tuesday, May 21st. We're supporting Lauren Vidas for District 2, Jamie Gauthier for District 3, and Helen Gym, Justin DiBerardinis, Eryn Santamoor, and Adrian Rivera-Reyes for At-Large.  Not able to make it into the polls on Election Day?  Click here to get an absentee ballot which must be received by the County Board of Elections by Tuesday, May 14th.   Continue reading

Most Council Incumbents Tell the Inquirer They Support More Bike Lanes. We Checked the Record

City Council candidates weighed in on bike lanes in the inquirer’s 2019 primary survey, with almost all saying they support more bike lanes. But some of these candidates are incumbents who have wielded some real power over Street apportionment for many years, so rather than ask them about this in the abstract, we can actually check the record to see what they’ve done in practice. Continue reading

Newsletter: Candidate Events Galore, Block Party Glitches, Making SEPTA Family-Friendly

ACTION We are deep into Election Season here in Philadelphia, with less than a month to go before the big day on May 21st.  Check out who all is on the ballot using Committee of Seventy's ballot tool and look up your polling place to see where you vote. This week, we are featuring a huge array of candidate events so you can get involved with supporting our endorsed slate of candidates for a more accessible, sustainable, equitable Philadelphia for all residents! Take a look at the following events, pick a few to check out, and sign up with a campaign to help get out the vote in the final weeks of the campaign!  Continue reading

Newsletter: Pedestrianize the Italian Market, Register to Vote Online by April 22

ACTION Are you registered to vote? Have you recently moved or are new to Philly? Make sure you Register to Vote right now!  In order to participate in the upcoming primary election on May 21st, you MUST register to vote (and select a party affiliation) by April 22nd! -- You can register online!   Continue reading

For immediate release: Our Citizens Shouldn’t Be Part of a Trash Experiment

With the City’s ill-conceived rollout of an untested, dirty, and inefficient ‘leaf blower’ program to blow trash around our streets, 5th Square calls on the city to restore what our citizens deserve: consistent, citywide curb-to-curb mechanical street sweeping. Continue reading

Newsletter: Washington Ave and Riverwards Street Improvement Meetings Tonight, City Council Challengers Making News

ACTION TONIGHT: South Philly and Riverwards neighbors can attend one of three local meetings happening tonight to voice their support for safer streets for biking and walking.  Continue reading

Newsletter: Protecting a Walkable Italian Market, 2nd Council District Debate, Weekend of Action for Jamie Gauthier

ACTION Pedestrian priority is under threat in Philadelphia's iconic Italian Market, if Midwood Investment gets its way. Will you sign the petition opposing driveways in the 9th Street Market? Continue reading

Newsletter: Party in the Concourse THIS THURSDAY to support our 2019 City Council slate

ACTION Come to our dance party fundraiser THIS THURSDAY to support 5th Square's 2019 candidate slate!   Continue reading

Newsletter: 22nd Street Protected Bike Lane Meeting, Party in the Concourse for our 2019 Slate

ACTION A protected bike lane could be coming to 22nd Street in Center City, but only if you show up to support it! Continue reading

Newsletter: Party in the Concourse for 5th Square's 2019 Council Slate, SEPTA's Bus Map Upgrade

Come to a dance party fundraiser in the Concourse, and help raise money to support 5th Square's 2019 City Council slate!Meet the candidates and other 5th Square supporters and volunteers who are getting involved to elect a pro-transit, pro-bike, pro-housing City Council on May 21st. Continue reading

Newsletter: Omar Woodard Challenging Darrell Clarke in Council District 5

ACTION The 2019 City Council primaries are less than 3 months away and this is our best chance to elect a new City Council that will bring about a more accessible, equitable, and sustainable city! Continue reading

Newsletter: Help collect signatures for 5th Square's candidate slate, Transit Equity Day, Vision Zero Conference 2019

ACTION Last week 5th Square announced several early endorsements for the 2019 City Council elections, including Lauren Vidas (2nd Disrict), Jamie Gauthier (3rd District), and At-Large candidates Justin DiBerardinis, Helen Gym, Adrian Rivera-Reyes, and Eryn Santamoor. Visit our 2019 Election Center to read their questionnaire responses and sign up to volunteer.  Continue reading

For Immediate Release: 5th Square Issues Early Endorsements to Six City Council Candidates

5th Square political action committee is excited to announce several early endorsements for 2019 City Council seats, including challengers Lauren Vidas and Jamie Gauthier in the 2nd and 3rd Districts, and At-Large candidates Justin DiBerardinis, Helen Gym, Adrian Rivera-Reyes, and Eryn Santamoor.Visit our 2019 Election Center page to read the candidates' questionnaire responses, or sign up to volunteer with a campaign. Continue reading

Newsletter: PennDOT's Role in Philadelphia's High Injury Network of Streets

ACTION 5th Square's mission is to achieve a more accessible, sustainable, and equitable Philadelphia for all residents through better mobility, public space, and built environment policies. The upcoming 2019 City Council election can be a watershed moment to make this mission a political reality. Continue reading

Newsletter: Jamie Gauthier Running for 3rd Council District, Bicycle Coalition Social with Kelley Yemen, TransportationCamp

ACTION   Thanks to everyone who came out for one of last Tuesday's dueling events! We had a great time co-hosting the Funding the Civic Commons discussion with Knight, and were glad to see the huge turnout for the City's open house for bike lane infrastructure improvements in Old City and Northern Liberties. Continue reading

Newsletter: Old City/No Libs Protected Bike Lane Open House, Philly's Weird Street Sweeping Pilot, 'Funding the Civic Commons' Event

ACTION Help advocate for safer streets by attending an open house with the City's Office of Transportation, Infrastructure, and Sustainability (oTIS) in partnership with several neighborhood organizations in Northern Liberties tomorrow. There we can learn more about and advocate for protected bicycle lanes on N. 2nd, N. 5th, & N. 6th Streets between Market Street and Spring Garden Street. Continue reading

Newsletter: 5th Square 2019 Elections Organizing Kick-Off, Kenney's Street Sweeping Pilot Problems, No Libs/Old City Bike Lane Meetings

ACTION 5th Square members are invited to attend a members-only meeting on January 23rd where we'll be kicking off our 2019 City Council organizing efforts with a special briefing on the state of the campaign landscape, and an informal straw poll of members to help focus our 2019 endorsement process. Become a member today or sign up at the meeting, and get involved to help us organize for the 2019 Council elections! Continue reading

Newsletter: Slow Zone Happy Hour, Protected Bike Lanes for Old City/No Libs, Speed Cams to City Council

ACTION Slow Zone Applications are due this Friday, January 18th!  Check out the advocacy tools on our 'Neighborhood Slow Zone' Campaign Resources page, and get your application in for a slow zone in your neighborhood. Continue reading

Newsletter: Support Protected Bike Lanes at Public Meetings TONIGHT, Philly's Vision Zero Misses, 5th Square's January Meetings

ACTION TODAY! Protected Bike Lane Double Feature at Center City RCOs. Support protected bicycle lanes in Philadelphia by attending one of two RCO meetings tonight, both starting at 7pm.   Continue reading

Top 10 Vision Zero Opportunities that Philadelphia Missed in 2018

Citizens of New York City rejoiced this week as their Transportation Department announced that motor-vehicle deaths will be at their lowest rate in a century. Through December 26th, 196 fatalities were recorded, an 11% reduction since 2017. The City attributes this to their long-term dedication to Vision Zero, a strategy to eliminate all traffic-related deaths and severe injuries, while increasing safety, health, and mobility for all. Continue reading

5th Square's Response to oTIS Route for Change (Roosevelt Boulevard) November 2018 Workshops

The Office of Transportation, Infrastructure, and Sustainability has released their first long-term vision for a major Philadelphia corridor, Roosevelt Boulevard! Read all about 5th Square's response here... Continue reading

Newsletter: Our 2018 Year in Review, Revisiting the Chestnut St Transitway, SEPTA Key Leaves Some Behind

We had an amazing time at the 2018 Holiday Party Fundraiser last Thursday! Thank you to everyone who supported us! We had awesome turnout, with over 60 people in attendance, including 8 candidates running for City Council and other seats in 2019. Thanks to your generous support, we're well on our way to amassing the resources we'll need to support urbanist champions for local offices in 2019.  Continue reading

2018 Year in Review

2018 was a banner year for 5th Square political action committee in which our all-volunteer organization achieved tremendous growth in our volunteer power, advocacy capacity, and impact on the public conversation about issues surrounding our mission of a more accessible, sustainable, and equitable Philadelphia. Continue reading

5TH SQUARE WEEKLY NEWSLETTER: December 10, 2018

5th Square Holiday Party, Transit Equity Day Meeting, Route for Change Meeting Continue reading

In Support of Clarke’s Public Safety Enforcement Officer

We endorse the Council President’s amendment and appreciate his efforts to bring about structural change to the way we enforce the laws that govern our city’s streets. Continue reading

5TH SQUARE WEEKLY NEWSLETTER: December 3, 2018

5th Square Holiday Party, Mayor Kenney at Design Advocacy Group, Continue reading

5TH SQUARE WEEKLY NEWSLETTER: November 12, 2018

Washington Ave Meeting, ‘10-Minute Communities” event, Women Led Happy Hour Continue reading

5TH SQUARE WEEKLY NEWSLETTER: OCTOBER 31, 2018

Neighborhood Slow Zone Campaign Resources, Center City Transpo Survey, Reviving Vine report Continue reading

5TH SQUARE WEEKLY NEWSLETTER: October 23, 2018

Neighborhood Slow Zones, Meet-and-Greet with Councilwoman Helen Gym, Vision Zero One Year In Continue reading

5TH SQUARE WEEKLY NEWSLETTER: October 10, 2018

Delaware Waterfront Transit, 'Missing Middle' Housing Event, Support 1 Dock Street! Continue reading

5TH SQUARE WEEKLY NEWSLETTER: October 2, 2018

Petition for Free Election Day SEPTA, Roosevelt Blvd speed cams pass, Delaware Waterfront Transit Study Continue reading

5TH SQUARE WEEKLY NEWSLETTER: SEPTEMBER 24, 2018

Kenney to enforce Center City bus lanes, Canvass Saturday for Malcolm Kenyatta, Just Streets Continue reading

5TH SQUARE WEEKLY NEWSLETTER: SEPTEMBER 18, 2018

Harrisburg's six Vision Zero bills, Lime Bike hiring in Philly, Kenney transpo plan release date Continue reading

Map: Low-hanging fruit on the Vision Zero High Injury Network

Philadelphia’s process for adding traffic calming devices like speed cushions has some high hurdles for neighbors, but did you know you can request an all-way stop sign by simply writing a letter? While it doesn’t guarantee a new stop sign will be installed, your letter serves as legal notification of dangerous street conditions. The request triggers Philadelphia Streets Department to conduct a safety study, and legally obliges them to follow the results of the study. Continue reading

5TH SQUARE WEEKLY NEWSLETTER: September 11, 2018

Bus network redesign lessons, Philly still outpacing suburbs, Last call for Citizens Planning Institute Continue reading

5TH SQUARE WEEKLY NEWSLETTER: September 5, 2018

Boulevard Speed Cameras Vote Today, Vidas for Council, Come to Our Party Continue reading

5TH SQUARE WEEKLY NEWSLETTER: August 28, 2018

Make Woodland Ave safe for pedestrians, Transit advocacy kick-off, Krasner's bad call Continue reading

Newsletter: CityLab/PlanPhilly at the Rail Park, Transit Advocacy Kick-Off, Urbanist Job Board

Come to our Transit Committee kick-off this Wednesday, August 29th at Industrious! Continue reading

5TH SQUARE WEEKLY NEWSLETTER: August 14, 2018

Props for Free Streets, Transit Advocacy Kick-off, Job Growth and Transit Continue reading

Philly YIMBY Newsletter #3

(32 units, mixed-use, on top of the 40th St.El Station) The Philly YIMBY ('Yes in My Backyard') newsletter highlights the latest zoning appeals for urbanist-friendly infill housing with 5 or more units, mixed uses, and low parking. Sign up to receive our newsletter and alerts about projects and meetings in your area, or to volunteer with Philly YIMBY. Send tips about RCO meetings, developers, renderings, and local chatter to 5thsq@5thsq.org, or post about it in the Philly YIMBY Facebook group.    Continue reading

5TH SQUARE WEEKLY NEWSLETTER: August 7, 2018

Free Streets on North Broad this Saturday Continue reading

Newsletter: Free Streets on North Broad this Saturday

The third Philly Free Streets is happening this Saturday on North Broad Street, with miles of streets closed to cars and open for people-powered fun and recreation Continue reading

5TH SQUARE WEEKLY NEWSLETTER: August 1, 2018

RIP Paper transfers. Now let's end the $1 transfer penalty! Continue reading

5TH SQUARE WEEKLY NEWSLETTER: JULY 24, 2018

The case for the Chestnut Transit Way, Washington Ave Gateway walk, Society Hill downzoning Continue reading

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. Continue reading

Philly YIMBY Newsletter: Week of July 16, 2018

Support housing! Check back here for the latest zoning appeals for urbanist-friendly infill housing projects with 5 or more units, mixed uses, and low parking. Sign up to receive our newsletter and alerts about projects and meetings in your area, or sign up to volunteer with Philly YIMBY. Send tips about RCO meetings, developers, renderings, and local hearsay to phillyyimby@gmail.com, or post about it in our Facebook group.    Continue reading