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

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

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: ⛰️ 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

Newsletter: ❄️ So close to our Philly Phreeze goal! / 🍴 Streetery recap / 🍻 Candidate Meet & Greet Events

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 220 ❄️ FEEL THE PHREEZE The chill of winter may make us long for a summer day by the pool, but our public pools are still in jeopardy. Parks and Rec needs more lifeguards and updated buildings, otherwise pools will have to stay closed. Continue reading

Newsletter: ❄️ Help Open Pools with Philly Phreeze / 🍻 Candidate Meet & Greet Events / 👔 Our 2023 Questionnaire & Platform!

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 219 ❄️ PHILLY PHREEZE FOR PUBLIC POOLS 5th Square is willing to dive like polar bears to help Parks and Rec raise money for lifeguards to keep public pools open. Continue reading

Newsletter: 🚇 Roosevelt Blvd Subway News / ⚠️ Safety Study for Cecil B. Moore

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 218 🚇 ROOSEVELT BLVD SUBWAY NEWS SEPTA General Manager, Leslie Richards, weighed in on the Roosevelt Blvd Subway, saying it would be good for the city but is beyond agency's financial means. Continue reading

Newsletter: Read city emails 📧 👀 or sign up for the Marketing Committee meeting 👥

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 217 🚲 BIKE LANE RTKL You may be familiar with the new Market St bike lane extension that was approved last year. Bike lanes on Market and JFK have been a long battle, first envisioned in 2009 and finally executed in 2018. Continue reading

Newsletter: Fill out the funnest Transpo Survey 🗺 and apply for a Slow Zone 🚶

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 216 🚶 SLOW ZONE APPLICATION EXTENSION The Neighborhood Slow Zone application deadline has been extended to February 15th. The Slow Zone Project offers residents the opportunity to work with the City to reduce vehicle speeds and improve visibility on neighborhood streets.  Continue reading

Newsletter: ⌛️Looking back ⏳ and setting our sites on the future! 🎆

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 215 ⌛️ A LOOK BACK AT 2022 We hope everyone had a great holiday season with plenty of fun and relaxation. We accomplished so much in our 8th year! We nearly doubled our membership. Lots of us wrote op-eds and made videos. Our meetup game was on point, with notable guests like Chuck Mahron, Dr. Jenny Schuetz, and M. Nolan Gray. We got over 40 mentions in the press, too! Continue reading

Newsletter: 🏠 Houses for more neighbors!!

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 214 🏠 TURN THE KEY Councilmember Darrell Clarke has put forth a new program called "Turn the Key", which intends to put around 1,000 new houses on the market, specifically for first-time low-income residents. Civetta Property Group has already broken ground in Grays Ferry, being tasked with the first round of 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom rowhouses that will cost $230,000. Prospective owners will be given a loan of up to $75,000 matched with a second mortgage, and then the loan will be forgiven after 30 years. Continue reading

Newsletter: ⛄❄️🎁 Come party on Tuesday! 🔎 and apply for a city Advisory Council

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 213 ⛄❄️🎁 LET'S CELEBRATE!! Feeling urbanely festive? Put on your favorite sweater* and join us at 990 Spring Garden on Tuesday, December 20th from 7:00 to 9:00 PM for our Holiday Party! We'll be holding our Fourth Annual Urbanist Awards ceremony, featuring your favorite champions of urban policy! We'll also have plenty of food and drink, so bring a friend. Continue reading

Newsletter: ⛄❄️🎁 You’re Invited to our Holiday Party!

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 212 ⛄❄️🎁 PARTY ALL THE TIME! Feeling urbanely festive? Put on your favorite sweater* and join us at 990 Spring Garden on Tuesday, December 20th from 7:00 to 9:00 PM for our Holiday Party! We'll be holding our Fourth Annual Urbanist Awards ceremony, featuring your favorite champions of urban policy! We'll also have plenty of food and drink, so bring a friend. Continue reading

Newsletter: ⛄❄️🎁 Upcoming Holiday Party + Urbanist Awards 🏊 Big Win for Sayre-Morris Pool

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 211 ⛄❄️🎁 YOU ARE INVITED TO OUR HOLIDAY PARTY! Join 5th Square members and friends for our Holiday Party at 990 Spring Garden on Tuesday, December 20th from 7:00 to 9:00 PM, where we'll be holding our Fourth Annual Urbanist Awards ceremony! Come celebrate with other Philadelphia advocates at the urbanist holiday party of the season! Continue reading

Newsletter: 🤝 Helping out is 😎 totally rad! 🚌

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 210 🏆 2022 AWARD NOMINATIONS The year end party is coming up on December 20th, and 5th Square will be presenting awards to a few members of our community for their outstanding contributions to Philadelphia’s urbanist movement. Continue reading

Newsletter: 🤝 Volunteer! (And pester the Mayor's office too!)

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 209 👥 VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION If you've been wanting to help out 5th Square with your time and skills, we're now holding orientations for new volunteers. Continue reading

Newsletter: PA Grant awards 💵 and a chance to shape the city budget...

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 208 💵 RACP RECIPIENTS The list of recipients for the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program is out. Continue reading

Newsletter: Go to the 🗳 polls or 🚌 Bus Revolution open houses

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 207 🗳 VOTE! If you didn't vote by mail, go vote today! The polls are open until 8pm. You can use Atlas to find your polling place by searching for your address. You can also use the Pennsylvania state website. Continue reading

Newsletter: 🚇 Subway news, 🍻 November meetup, 🚌 Bus Revolution open houses

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 206 🚇 ROOSEVELT BLVD SUBWAY The Roosevelt Boulevard Subway Workshop was this past Saturday morning, and featured Jody Holton of SEPTA, Ashwin Patel of PennDOT, and Mike Carroll of OTIS, the city transportation department. Continue reading

Newsletter: ♿️ Curb cuts for all! Plus a 🚇 Roosevelt subway and a 🍻 November meetup!

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 205 ♿️ ACCESSIBLE PHILLY Last week, the city settled a lawsuit with three disability advocacy organizations and four residents with disabilities. Continue reading

Newsletter: Check your mailbox 📬 and mark your calendars for 10/29! 🚇

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 203 🗳 MIDTERM ELECTIONS! Just like pumpkin spice and Halloween candy, midterm election season has descended upon us. It's time to get out your favorite sweater and No. 2 pencil and mark those mail-in ballots. Continue reading

Newsletter: 🚸 Want safe routes to school? Apply for a Slow Zone! 🐟 Chat at our Fishtown Meetup

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 203 🚸 SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL School is in session, and WalkWorks has a webinar to educate everyone about the Safe Routes to School program that encourages kids to bike or walk to school.  Continue reading

Newsletter: 💰 Bounty for Blocked Bike Lanes / 🚋 Don't Mess with Transit / 🐟 Our Next Meetup in Fishtown

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 202 🍻 MEETUP NEXT THURSDAY Our October meetup is at the Mural City Cellars Wine Garden in Fishtown. Next Thursday 10/13 @ 6:00pm Continue reading

Newsletter: 🍂Time for a fall beer 🍻 outside and some YouTube 🎥 inside

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 201 🍻 MORE MEETUPS! We have lots of things going on these days, like launching a blog, working on marketing, and keeping track of SEPTA changes. The City Council candidates are coming in each week as we gear up for election season. It's a great time to get together and talk shop with your fellow urbanists. Continue reading