Thank You For Helping Us Raise Our First $5000

This is a quick note of appreciation to everyone who helped us raise our first $5000. We officially launched The 5th Square only two weeks ago. In that time we have been overwhelmed with positive reinforcement from those around us. The donors who helped us reach our first fundraising goal are individuals here in Philadelphia and beyond who believe we can change our city for the better by advocating for policies that matter to all of our daily lives. Continue reading

Tim Wisniewski, Philly's Chief Data Officer, On the Importance of Open Data

Tim Wisniewski, Philly's Chief Data Officer, is profiled by Philly on the importance of open data. Just a reminder, it is not guaranteed our next mayor will believe the same thing. That's why we're asking leaders to formally write open data guarantees into our city charter. Read more here.    Continue reading

Safer Streets for People: Why We're Doing This

Most people become involved in politics through a single issue that they care about on a deeply personal level. Absent that human connection, the political advocacy grind can sometimes feel a lot like plain old work. Sometimes others reach out to us with their own personal stories that provide moments of clarity, moments that remind us – at the most fundamental level – why we are doing this. Continue reading

Want a Better City? Elect New Leaders to City Council

Philadelphia Magazine's Holly Otterbein gives a helpful overview of candidates who have so far declared their run for City Council at large positions. She also looks at incumbents and suggests some vulnerabilities new faces can capitalize upon.

What Do PACs Do? How Will My Money Be Used? An Overview

Yesterday on Twitter, our friend Alex Hillman asked us what makes a political action committee (PAC) an effective way to accomplish political goals. Good question. Continue reading

The Importance of Open Data for Philly Profiled in Next City

Next City takes an in-depth look at open data and the implications it has for creating a better-governed, progressive Philadelphia. The article gives a helpful overview of the legacy Mayor Nutter will be leaving behind once he leaves office and highlights the fact that an open data future for the city, for all its advantages, is not guaranteed in the next mayoral administration. Continue reading

Why Are You Named The 5th Square?

William Penn's original 1682 plan for Philadelphia centered around five public squares. With this design, he aimed to create an inclusive and prosperous society. Rittenhouse, Logan, Franklin, and Washington Squares compromise four of Penn's five original squares. Continue reading

Eyes On The Street Advocating for Two Of Our 2015 Platform Items

The 5th Square has created a 13 point platform to help drive dialogue and change in the forthcoming 2015 primaries and beyond. This platform is primarily focused on public space, transportation choice and governance issues that have gone too long ignored for Philadelphia. Ashley Hahn from PlanPhilly's Eyes On The Street blog recently compiled a 2015 Civic Wish List of items she'd like to see for our city's future.  Continue reading

Have You Read Our Platform? Then Take Our Survey!

Have you taken a look at our 2015 Platform for the offices of Mayor & City Council? Great! Please fill out our brief survey and share your thoughts. Continue reading

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For the latest from The 5th Square, be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.   Continue reading

Welcome to The 5th Square, Powered By You

Philadelphia needs more and better transportation and housing choices. We need more transit-accessible housing, and more jobs, retail, offices and co-working spaces close to where people live. We also need more high quality public spaces and green spaces to make our city a more social, healthy, and beautiful place. To get these things, we need leaders on City Council with the right vision. Continue reading