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: 🏠 Land Value Tax Webinar | 🚇 The City's New Transit Plan | 🚲 Petition for Spring Garden St Safety | 🚧 Reimagine MLK Drive

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 138 🏠 TUESDAY: LAND VALUE TAX IN PHILLY Join the Center for Property Tax Reform for a FREE webinar 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: 🚍 5th Square Meet-Up Tomorrow | 🏠 ADU Webinar | 🚧 Spring Garden St Survey Results

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 137 🚍 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: 🏘️🏡🏚️ Say 'NO' to Council's New Zoning Commission | 💥 SEPTA CHW Line is Returning | 🚲 Grays Ferry Bridge's New Bike Lane

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 136 ACTION: 🏘️🏡🏚️ SAY 'NO' TO COUNCIL'S NEW ZONING COMMISSION Council President Darrell Clarke and Republican Councilmember Brian O’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

🚲 Grays Ferry Bridge 🌉 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

💥 BIG NEWS 💥 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: 🚉 The Future of Regional Rail | 🏘️ The Rise of the Zoning 'Overlay' | 💰 Land Value Tax Event

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

Newsletter: 🚵 Demand Safer Streets for Frankford | 🏗️ How to Shape Development in 2021 | 📽️ Bicycle Film Festival

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 134 ACTION PennDOT’s is accepting public comment on their I-95 proposal for road work near the Frankford Arsenal in Northeast Philly. 🚵‍♀️ 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: 🚸 Mantua Traffic Safety Project | 🚴 MLK Drive Usage Study | ❄️ Winter Friendly Cities

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

Newsletter: 📅 2020 Year In Review | 🚲 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

⭐🏆⭐ 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 Philadelphia’s urbanist movement in 2020! Continue reading

Newsletter: You Are Invited! ❄️Annual Holiday Party + Urbanist Awards | 🦺 Spring Garden Street Needs Your Input | 🌇 Help Steer Philly's New Comprehensive Plan

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 131 ❄️ 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: 🏛️ President-Elect Biden's Transit Plans | 🌉 Ben Franklin Bridge Input | 🚂 Advocate for Rail Service to Allentown | 🏭 Testify to Reduce PA's Greenhouse Gases

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 129 🏛️ 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: 🏞️ Win for Safety on Cobbs Creek Pkwy | 🌆 Downzoning for Society Hill | 🌉 Grays Ferry Bridge Victory in the News

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 128 🏞️ 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

WIN for Cobbs Creek Parkway!

We have exciting news to share about Cobbs Creek Parkway! 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

What Society Hill’s totally “not racist” exclusionary zoning bill will actually do

Larry Spector has penned an impassioned and very lawyerly letter to the mayor about how he and his coalition have worked really hard to come up with a totally awesome bill that is totally not about keeping people out of Society Hill. They really need it to get passed because they worked really hard on it for two whole years. We won’t go line-by-line through Spector’s screed, and we won’t try to guess at the coalition’s intentions or motivations. (They claim something to do with historic preservation, which they hope to accomplish by requiring new parking lots to be built.) We will lay out some facts of the bill, and the impact it will have. You can decide whether this bill would be “not racist” and “not exclusionary”. Continue reading