Press Release: City Council Needs to Make Outdoor Dining on Streets & Sidewalks Permanent

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, September 30, 2021 PHILADELPHIA โ€” Continue reading

Newsletter: ๐Ÿค Meet-Up Tomorrow! / ๐Ÿ›ค๏ธ Regional Rail Revamp / ๐Ÿ“š Our Transit Book Launch

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 158 ๐Ÿค MEET-UP TOMORROW! Due to the rain, our outdoor meetup has moved to tomorrow evening. Continue reading

Newsletter: ๐Ÿป Meet-Up This Thursday / ๐Ÿ—บ๏ธ Help SEPTA Wayfinding / ๐Ÿ“š Our Transit Book Launch

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 157 ๐Ÿป MEET-UP THIS THURSDAY 5th Square September Meet-Up // Thursday, Sep 23, 2021 - 6 PM Join 5th Square organizers and volunteers for an informal, in-person meet-up over at Cosmic Cafe & Ciderhouse! Continue reading

Press Release: SEPTAโ€™s Reimagining Regional Rail Initiative is a Promising First Step in Creating an Integrated Transit System

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASETuesday, September 21, 2021PHILADELPHIA โ€” 5th Square applauds SEPTA leadershipโ€™s openness to reimagining the kind of service that regional rail can provide throughout our region. Continue reading

Press Release: SEPTAโ€™s Wayfinding Master Plan is a Long-Overdue Improvement for Riders

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEWednesday, September 8, 2021 PHILADELPHIA โ€” 5th Square congratulates SEPTA on the release of its Wayfinding Master Plan and eagerly awaits its implementation in the coming years on rail transit lines. Continue reading

Newsletter: ๐Ÿš‡ Meet SEPTA Metro / ๐Ÿ—บ๏ธ Germantown's Proposed Rezoning / ๐Ÿป Our Sept Meet-Up

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 156 ๐Ÿš‡ MEET SEPTA METRO SEPTA just unveiled their proposed wayfinding design for our region's rail transit network! We LOVE this new design that simplifies and unifies the Subway, El, Trolleys, and NHSL into a seamless network. Continue reading

Newsletter: ๐Ÿš Bus-Only Lanes Finally Here! / ๐Ÿšช How the US Made Affordable Homes Illegal / ๐Ÿ›ฃ๏ธ MLK Drive Radio Hour

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 155 ๐Ÿšช HOW THE US MADE AFFORDABLE HOMES ILLEGAL The folks at VOX created a great video explaining the nationwide housing shortage and how cities across the US, including Philadelphia, have made it illegal to build more affordable homes. Continue reading

Newsletter: ๐ŸšŒ PA Turnpike Makes Last $450M Transit Payment / ๐Ÿ›ฃ๏ธ Washington Ave Safety Delays / ๐Ÿš‰ A Tale of Two Transit Systems / ๐ŸŽธ A Tune for SEPTA

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 154 ๐ŸšŒ TRANSIT FOR ALL PA! PLATFORM Pennsylvaniaโ€™s transit services could see major cuts next year, and itโ€™s not about Coronavirusโ€”itโ€™s our legislature! Continue reading

Newsletter: ๐Ÿ”Š Better Buses Survey / ๐Ÿ›ฃ๏ธ Last Day for Walnut & Chestnut / ๐Ÿ”ฝ Girard Petition Reaches 800

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 153 ๐Ÿ”Š YOUR VOICE FOR BETTER BUSES Take Transit Forward Philadelphia's 5-minute bus network survey and you will be entered into a raffle to receive a $50 VISA gift card! Continue reading

Newsletter: ๐Ÿ”ฝ Mayor Kenney, Veto the Downzoning of Girard Ave / ๐Ÿ’ณSEPTA Key 2.0 / ๐ŸŒž Our Harrisburg Transit Funding Rally

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 152 ๐Ÿ”ฝ VETO THE DOWNZONING OF GIRARD AVE Almost 500 petition signers are urging Mayor Kenney to veto Council President Clarke's bill that aims to downzone much of Girard Avenue east of Broad St. Continue reading

Newsletter: ๐Ÿš‚ Transit Rally In Harrisburg / ๐Ÿ›ฃ๏ธ Road Safety for Walnut & Chestnut / ๐Ÿ“ˆ SEPTA need to grow ridership / ๐Ÿ’„ Penn Center's Makeover

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 151 ๐Ÿš‚ JOIN US IN HARRISBURG - FIGHT FOR TRANSIT FUNDING Join 5th Sq and statewide partners for a RALLY in Harrisburg - NEXT TUESDAY 6/29, to fight for PA transit funding. Continue reading

Newsletter: โœจ WIN: Parking Tax Cut Rejected! / ๐Ÿ›ฃ๏ธ Bike Lanes for Walnut & Chestnut / ๐Ÿš‚ Fight for Transit Funding In Harrisburg

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 150 โœจ WIN: PARKING TAX CUT REJECTED! WHYY and The Inquirer are reporting that City Council is dropping their plan to cut the parking tax! This is an incredible win! Continue reading

Newsletter: ๐Ÿ’ธ Reject Cuts to the Parking Tax / ๐Ÿ–ผ๏ธ Ben Franklin Pkwy Revamp / ๐Ÿ˜๏ธ Affordable Units Approved for West Philly

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 149 ACTION๐Ÿ’ธ REJECT THE PARKING TAX CUT Tell Council to support transit passes for low-income residents, not giveaways to parking executives Continue reading

Newsletter: ๐Ÿš‹ A Setback for Trolleys / ๐Ÿ›ฃ๏ธ The Return of Cars / ๐Ÿš‚ Reforming Commuter Rail

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 148 5TH SQUARE IN THE NEWS๐Ÿš‹ A SETBACK FOR TROLLEY MOD Tom Fitzgerald of the Inquirer wrote about how Amazon outbid SEPTA for land in Southwest Philly originally envisioned for a trolley maintenance yard -- and the lasting impacts this may have on modernizing our trolley fleet. Continue reading

๐Ÿšง More Safety Improvements for Cobbs Creek Parkway! ๐Ÿšง

Thank you very much forย being one of over 650 friends and neighbors who signed our petition calling for a safer Cobbs Creek Parkway. To share some promising news, the City of Philadelphia has requested $800,000 in funding from the federal government for safety improvements at key pedestrian crossings at Cobbs Creek Parkway. Continue reading

Testimony for SEPTA's FY2022 Capital Budget

5th Square members and volunteers came to SEPTA's Capital Budget hearings today to advocate for Trolley Modernization Subway Station Accessibility Expansion of Trolleybuses Bicycle Amenities at stations Here is the spoken testimony delivered at the virtual public meeting today by 5th Square members and volunteers. This is in addition to a letter delivered by the Transit Forward Philadelphia to SEPTA with comments on the proposed operating and capital budgets. Continue reading

Newsletter: ๐Ÿš‹ Speak Out for Trolleys / ๐Ÿ…ฟ๏ธ Cutting the Parking Tax is a Bad Idea / ๐ŸŒ‡ Defending Affordable Units

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 147 ๐Ÿš‹ SPEAK OUT FOR TROLLEYS! We are looking for speakers who would like to give short (2 minutes max) testimonials emphasizing the importance of clean, safe, accessible, and frequent trolley service. Personal stories are a plus! Continue reading

Newsletter: ๐Ÿ—ณ๏ธ Election Day Next Tuesday / ๐ŸŒ‡ In Defense of Affordable Housing / ๐Ÿž๏ธ Keep MLK Open for People

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 146 ๐Ÿ—ณ๏ธ PRIMARY ELECTION DAY INFO The primary election is NEXT TUESDAY, May 18, 2021. Continue reading

Newsletter: ๐Ÿ‘• Fresh Shirt Offer / ๐ŸŒณ Rally for Livable Communities / ๐Ÿ—ณ๏ธ Primary Election Info / ๐Ÿฝ๏ธ Streeteries & Accessibility

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 145 ๐Ÿ‘• SHOW OFF YOUR URBANIST CRED WITH OUR NEW T-SHIRT! Show your support for better city planning, transit, bike lanes and housing with our new T-Shirt designed by Philly-based artist Miriam Singer! Continue reading

Press Release: SEPTA FY 2022 Capital Budget

5th Square is providing the following press release in reaction to the newly-released SEPTA FY 2022-2033 Capital Budget.ย  ย  Continue reading

Newsletter: ๐Ÿ›๏ธ Our Budget Priorities for a More Livable City | ๐Ÿ‘• Membership Bonus Offer | ๐Ÿ”ซ Firearm Policy Event Tomorrow | ๐Ÿš The Worst Bus Stop

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 144 ๐Ÿ›๏ธ ACTION: SUPPORT OUR BUDGET PRIORITIES FOR SAFETY, HEALTH & MOBILITY Last week, Mayor Kenney delivered his annual budget address to City Council and 5th Square is excited to see many of our top priorities in the Mayor's proposal. Continue reading

Newsletter: ๐Ÿš‹ Help Save Our Trolleys | ๐ŸŒ‰ Biden's Infrastructure Plan & Philly | โ›ฝ Revising The Gas Tax

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 143 ๐Ÿš‹ ACTION: HELP SAVE OUR TROLLEY SERVICE SEPTAโ€™s purchase of the site at 6901 Elmwood Avenue would grow access to jobs, drive economic development, and reduce car reliance throughout the region. We need your help to make this happen Continue reading

An Urbanist Transgender Day of Visibility

Land use, public spaces, and transportation issues have concrete ramifications for transgender residents. Continue reading

Newsletter: ๐Ÿš‹ We Deserve Modern Trolley Service | ๐Ÿšถ Demand Better Sidewalks | ๐Ÿ™๏ธ Philly Needs More Housing

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 142 ๐Ÿš‹ WE DESERVE MODERN TROLLEY SERVICE Our Trolley Mod Petition has garnered over 500 signatures in a week! We need to show our local congressional reps overwhelming community support for this most important transit project. Continue reading

Newsletter: ๐Ÿš‹ #FundTrolleyMod | ๐Ÿ›ฃ๏ธ PennDOT's Dubious Widening Projects | ๐Ÿš‰ MFL Somerset Stop Closed

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 141 ๐Ÿš‹ FUND TROLLEY MODERNIZATION The Philadelphia region deserves reliable, accessible, and frequent trolley service. We call on Congress to authorize direct financial support for SEPTAโ€™s Trolley Modernization Project. We are also asking SEPTA to prioritize Trolley Modernization and increase their capital budget investment allocation for this important project. Continue reading

๐Ÿš‹ SEPTA's Trolleys are Seriously Outdated, Let's Push for a Better System

We are announcing the launch of our campaign for funding SEPTAโ€™s Trolley Modernization Project starting with an online petition. Continue reading

Press Release: Closure of Somerset MFL Station

5th Square is providing the following press release in reaction to the news that SEPTA may temporarily close Kensingtonโ€™s Somerset Station over safety issues. Continue reading

Newsletter: ๐Ÿš‡ March Meet-Up is this Thursday | ๐ŸŒ† Our Grid Magazine Feature | ๐Ÿ›ฃ๏ธ Redesigning Ben Franklin Pkwy | ๐Ÿšฒ Sign the MLK Drive Petition

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 140 Our March meet-up is THIS THURSDAY! We are honored to host special guests from the Mayor's Office of Transportation, Infrastructure, & Sustainability: Chris Puchalsky, Director of Policy & Strategic Initiatives Andrew Simpson, Transit Policy Planner They will introduce us to the new Philadelphia Transit Plan which details a vision for our regionโ€™s transit system going forward to 2045. Continue reading

Reimagining the Ben Franklin Parkway

In the 100-plus years since Jacques Grรฉber designed the Ben Franklin Parkway, the ways in which Philadelphians have moved in and utilized public spaces has changed dramatically.ย  Continue reading

Newsletter: ๐Ÿš‡ March Meet-Up & City Transit Plan | ๐Ÿž๏ธ Cobbs Creek Pkwy Progress | ๐Ÿšƒ SEPTA's Use of Covid Funding

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 139 At our March meet-up, we are honored to host special guests from the Mayor's Office of Transportation, Infrastructure, & Sustainability: Chris Puchalsky, Director of Policy & Strategic Initiatives Andrew Simpson, Transit Policy Planner They will introduce us to the new Philadelphia Transit Plan which details a vision for our regionโ€™s transit system going forward to 2045. Continue reading

Press Release: SEPTA Strategic Plan 2021-2026

5th Square is providing the following press release in reaction to newly-releasedย SEPTAย 2021-2026 Strategic Plan.ย  ย  Continue reading

Press Release: Philadelphia Transit Plan Announcement

5th Square is providing the following press release in reaction to newly-released City Transit Plan: Continue reading

Newsletter: ๐Ÿ  Land Value Tax Webinar | ๐Ÿš‡ The City's New Transit Plan | ๐Ÿšฒ Petition for Spring Garden St Safety | ๐Ÿšง Reimagine MLK Drive

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 138 ๐Ÿ  TUESDAY: LAND VALUE TAX IN PHILLY Join the Center for Property Tax Reform for aย FREE webinarย in partnership with 5th Square to discuss Land Value Tax in the city of Philadelphia. Continue reading

City Council's 2021 Zoning Reform: Prerogative Spreads to the Code

The 2021 revisions to the City's Zoning Code are great in principle, but Council district carve-outs threaten the very future of comprehensive citywide planning. Continue reading

Newsletter: ๐Ÿš 5th Square Meet-Up Tomorrow | ๐Ÿ  ADU Webinar | ๐Ÿšง Spring Garden St Survey Results

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 137 ๐Ÿš TOMORROW: February Monthly Zoom Meet-up & Better Buses Campaign Intro 5th Square, Philly's urbanist PAC and advocacy organization, is hosting our February monthly meet-up on Zoom TOMORROW evening, February 18th, from 7-8pm, and this month we'll be talking transit, with a focus on SEPTA's upcoming redesign of our region's bus network. Continue reading

Newsletter: ๐Ÿ˜๏ธ๐Ÿก๐Ÿš๏ธ Say 'NO' to Council's New Zoning Commission | ๐Ÿ’ฅ SEPTA CHW Line is Returning | ๐Ÿšฒ Grays Ferry Bridge's New Bike Lane

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 136 ACTION: ๐Ÿ˜๏ธ๐Ÿก๐Ÿš๏ธ SAY 'NO' TO COUNCIL'S NEW ZONING COMMISSION Council President Darrell Clarke and Republican Councilmember Brian Oโ€™Neill are proposing a resolution (#21003800) in City Council TOMORROW that would authorize a council-led Zoning Code Review Commission that could reverse Philadelphia's progress on climate, transportation, and affordability issues if supporters get their way. Continue reading

๐Ÿšฒ Grays Ferry Bridge ๐ŸŒ‰ Protected Bike Lane is Here!

PennDOT just finished their work on the Grays Ferry Avenue Bridge and the new westbound protected bike lane looks amazing! Continue reading

๐Ÿ’ฅ BIG NEWS ๐Ÿ’ฅ SEPTA Chestnut Hill West Line is Coming Back!

Thank you for signing our petition calling on SEPTA to adapt to the pandemic and grow its ridership by Restoring Service & Lowering Fares on Regional Rail. We have some big news to share! Continue reading

Newsletter: ๐Ÿš‰ The Future of Regional Rail | ๐Ÿ˜๏ธ The Rise of the Zoning 'Overlay' | ๐Ÿ’ฐ Land Value Tax Event

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 135 5TH SQUARE IN THE NEWS -ย ๐Ÿš‰ The Future of Regional Rail The Inquirer's Pat Madej poses the existential question facing SEPTA's regional rail system --ย Without commuters, what will happen to SEPTA Regional Rail?ย  Continue reading

Newsletter: ๐Ÿšต Demand Safer Streets for Frankford | ๐Ÿ—๏ธ How to Shape Development in 2021 | ๐Ÿ“ฝ๏ธ Bicycle Film Festival

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 134 ACTION PennDOTโ€™s is accepting public comment on their I-95 proposal for road work near the Frankford Arsenal in Northeast Philly. ๐Ÿšตโ€โ™€๏ธ Demand safe bike and pedestrian facilities here! Continue reading

Regional Rail Update: DVRPC to study Regional Rail fare equity and restructuring!

We have some small but exciting news to share about our campaign to reform regional rail fares and service in our region.As part of their FY2022 Work Program (still open for public comment), the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) will conduct a study of regional rail fare equity and restructuring. Continue reading

Newsletter: ๐Ÿšธ Mantua Traffic Safety Project | ๐Ÿšด MLK Drive Usage Study | โ„๏ธ Winter Friendly Cities

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 133 ๐Ÿšธย MANTUA TRAFFIC SAFETY PROJECT Do you live, work, or travel through the Mantua neighborhood in West Philly? Continue reading

Newsletter: ๐Ÿ“… 2020 Year In Review | ๐Ÿšฒ ENDING TODAY - Spring Garden St Survey

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 132 Note: This newsletter will be a special one with two urgent action items and a celebration of all the work we have done in the past year! Continue reading

โญ๐Ÿ†โญ Announcing Our 2020 Urbanist Award Winners!

Thank you to everyone who attended our year-end Holiday Party and Urbanist Awards ceremony. We are giving one last shout-out to all the nominees and the winners from the night's awards ceremony. We want to thank each one of the following nominees for their outstanding contributions to Philadelphiaโ€™s urbanist movement in 2020! Continue reading

Newsletter: You Are Invited! โ„๏ธAnnual Holiday Party + Urbanist Awards | ๐Ÿฆบ Spring Garden Street Needs Your Input | ๐ŸŒ‡ Help Steer Philly's New Comprehensive Plan

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 131 โ„๏ธ HOLIDAY PARTY + 2020 URBANIST AWARDS Join 5th Square for our year-end Holiday Party over Zoom on Thursday, December 17th at 6:00 PM and our second annual Urbanist Awards ceremony! Continue reading

Newsletter: ๐Ÿ›๏ธ President-Elect Biden's Transit Plans | ๐ŸŒ‰ Ben Franklin Bridge Input | ๐Ÿš‚ Advocate for Rail Service to Allentown | ๐Ÿญ Testify to Reduce PA's Greenhouse Gases

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 129 ๐Ÿ›๏ธ PRESIDENT-ELECT BIDEN'S TRANSIT PLANS It was thrilling to see the pivotal role our region played in tipping the votes for President-elect Joe Biden in last week's Presidential election, and 5th Square is proud of the work our members and volunteers did helping turn out the vote in their communities on Election Day. Continue reading

Newsletter: ๐Ÿž๏ธ Win for Safety on Cobbs Creek Pkwy | ๐ŸŒ† Downzoning for Society Hill | ๐ŸŒ‰ Grays Ferry Bridge Victory in the News

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 128 ๐Ÿž๏ธย WIN FOR SAFETY ON COBBS CREEK PKWY At a virtual stakeholder meeting hosted by Cobbs Creek Community Environmental Center last Thursday, PennDOT and the Philadelphia Streets Department shared some promising plans to improve safety along Cobbs Creek Parkway. Continue reading