Newsletter: πŸš† Roosevelt Rail?! 🏠 House appraisal bias πŸ‘€πŸ” Looking for marketing volunteers!

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 193 πŸš† ROOSEVELT BLVD SUBWAY TOWN HALL Rail on Roosevelt Boulevard has been continuously proposed and discarded for the past 100 years, and 5th Square member Jay Arzu is on a mission to bring it back. Considering that Roosevelt Blvd is on the Vision Zero High Injury Network and also a major thoroughfare, getting better public transit on the street makes sense. Continue reading

Newsletter: ⚠️ HB140 action, πŸ“ notes from the DVRPC, and πŸ“Ί our members are in the media!

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 192 🚲 REMOVE HB140 AMENDMENT The Inquirer has an article about the changes to HB140, the parking protected bike lane bill, and how it went from a straightforward bill to one that would hamper efforts for bike infrastructure and had an unrelated directive for a SEPTA transit crime prosecutor. In response, the Bicycle Coalition is asking for people to email their state senators for the removal of this amendment. Continue reading

Protect the University City Townhomes Community and Preserve Philadelphia's Affordable Housing

We stand with theΒ tenants of UC TownhomesΒ and demand a halt to eviction from the residents’ home of many decades. This is merely the latest incident in a long history of displacement of Black families from the Black Bottom community.Β It is imperative that Altman make every effort to preserve this community that has thrived for four decades in the current property. Continue reading

Newsletter: ⚠️ Updates on Cobbs Creek, HB140, and 🏞 FDR Park Meadows events

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 191 🚧 COBBS CREEK PARKWAY UPDATE PennDOT will be having a meeting this Thursday to review and provide feedback for the 63rd Street/Cobbs Creek Parkway Safety Improvement Project. This covers 63rd St and Cobbs Creek Parkway from City Ave to Woodland Ave. Continue reading

Newsletter: βš’οΈ Whole-Home repairs , 🚧 Wash Ave updates, πŸ– beach trip posponed

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 190 πŸ– BEACH TRIP POSTPONED Due to forecasted rain, the beach trip was moved to July 30th. If you had to miss the trip, now's your chance to get in on the fun! We'll be meeting at 30th Street Station at 8:05am to ride the train to Atlantic City and catch some rays. Tickets are $60 for Adults 12+, $30 for children 5-11, kids 4 and under are free. Continue reading

Press Release: 5th Square Reaction to Next Phase of Washington Ave Repaving Project

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEFriday, July 8, 2022 PHILADELPHIA β€” In today’s announcement for the next phase of the Washington Avenue Repaving Project, the City has shifted from the previously-compromised mixed-lane layout to retaining the existing dangerous roadway layout west of 11th Street – the section within the 2nd Council District. Continue reading

Newsletter: The great outdoors πŸ– 🏞 !

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 189 πŸ– BEACH TRIP SPOTS AVAILABLE! Join us on July 9th at 8:05am for a family-friendly day down the shore this summer with your favorite group of Urbanist advocates. We're headed to Atlantic City and have a fun day planned of hoagie-eating, jitney-riding, beach-laying, and of course, margarita-drinking. Let's meet at 30th Street Station and, of course, take a ride aboard the Atlantic City Rail Line. Continue reading

Newsletter: Good news, bad news for 🚌... or take a train to the πŸ–!

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 188 🚍 FUTURE TRANSIT FUNDING With ridership still down since the start of the pandemic, public transit agencies around the country will be grappling with a fiscal cliff for operation. SEPTA will be able to support operations with CARES Act funding until 2024, but without service increases and with ongoing bus driver shortages, it may not be enough. Continue reading

Newsletter: Come talk πŸ“š and take a train to πŸ–! Plus, new SEPTA fares...

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 186 πŸ“š BOOK TALK WITH NOLAN GRAY 5th Square is pleased to welcome author M. Nolan Gray to Philadelphia for a book talk about his newly-published book about U.S. housing policy titled "Arbitrary Lines: How Zoning Broke the American City and How to Fix It." The event will take place on Friday, June 24th at 7:30pm at Resurrection Philadelphia near 42nd and Baltimore Ave. Light refreshments (pizza, beer, and seltzer) will be served. Continue reading

Newsletter: πŸ“§ EMAIL KENNEY RE: WASHINGTON AVE, πŸ“… TWO UPCOMING EVENTS!

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 186 πŸ“§ EMAIL KENNEY RE: WASHINGTON AVE Councilmember Mark Squilla has passed through the Streets & Services Committee the legislation needed for his part of Washington Ave east of 11th. However, Councilmember Kenyatta Johnson, will not be amending the bill to include his section of Washington Ave from 11th St to Grays Ferry Ave. Continue reading

Newsletter: πŸ₯ͺ Hangout on Thursday, πŸ“ write to elected officials on Friday!

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 185 πŸ₯ͺ NORTHWEST MEETUP ON THURSDAY! Our next meet-up has moved to THIS THURSDAY, June 9nd at 6 PM over at Manayunk Crossing (next to the movie theater)! We will be discussing mobility, safe streets, and access to transit specific to Northwest Philly neighborhoods. Continue reading

Newsletter: 😑 MAD about Washington Ave / πŸ₯ͺ Meetup Thursday / πŸ› οΈ Whole Home Repairs

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 184 😑 MAD ABOUT WASHINGTON AVE Ask City Council to prioritize safety for Washington Ave. Heard the news? The City's plans for safety measures on Washington Ave are being jeopardized by one person: Councilmember Kenyatta Johnson. Continue reading

Morris Arboretum Should Welcome Pedestrians Too

Dear Morris Arboretum, I have a lot of fun memories at Morris Arboretum. It’s the perfect place for family reunions. (The fernery is always a hit.) And I’ve also been there on a date, a highschool field trip and a birthday celebration, and it never gets old. It’s no wonder that you attract 130,000 visits a year. It is, however, odd that nearly all of these visits will be made by motor vehicle. Continue reading

Press Release: SEPTA FY 2023 Capital Budget

5th Square members and volunteers submitted the following comments to SEPTA’s FY2023 Capital Budget Public Hearings. Β  Continue reading

Newsletter: 🚲 Bike lanes, 🧺 NW Meetup, and lots of surveys! ✏️

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 182 🚲 HB 140: PARKING PROTECTED BIKE LANES A bill to legalize parking protected lanes in Pennsylvania had a hearing last month, which included testimony by Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia's executive director Sarah Clark Stuart among others. However, no vote has been called. There are a few parking protected bike lanes already, but these are only pilot programs. There is nothing to assure that these would be permanent. Continue reading

Newsletter: πŸ—³ Vote today! πŸ—³ Our Endorsements & Recommendations

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 182 πŸ—³ 2022 PRIMARY ELECTION INFO Endorsements Paul Prescod for the 8th Senate District Marylouise Isaacson for the 175th House District Joe Hohenstein for the 177th House District Jonathan Lovitz for the 182nd House District Elizabeth Fiedler for the 184th House District Andre Carroll for the 201st House District Continue reading

Newsletter: πŸ—³ Primary & 🏠 property taxes & πŸ“πŸ“… plenty of action items!

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 181 πŸ—³ 2022 PRIMARY INFO Did you get your mail-in ballot but are unsure what to fill in? Here are our picks for the primaries and ballot questions. Continue reading

Newsletter: πŸŽ‰ HOLIDAY PARTY THIS THURSDAY! 🚌 πŸ›£ BUS ONLY LANES

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 180 πŸŽ‰ HOLIDAY PARTY THIS THURSDAY! We are pleased to announce the Holiday Party and Awards Ceremony, now scheduled for this Thursday, May 5th! It's a great opportunity to meet community leaders and like-minded folks. We will be announcing the winners of the 2021 Urbanist Awards. We will have beverages and snacks, and children over 5 are welcome. Proof of vaccination is required. Tickets are $30 online and $40 at the door (children are free). Continue reading

Newsletter: 🚌 Buses Only! πŸ…ΏοΈ No parking! πŸŽ„ Time to party!

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 179 🚌 πŸ›£ BUS ONLY LANES As SETPA's Bus Revolution gets underway, there is a potential problem on the horizon. Many key routes connect disparate parts of the city and are extremely slow. No matter how the bus routes change, the busses will still have to deal with traffic. One great way to speed things up is to add bus only lanes to the street. We need to show the City that we want bus lanes! Continue reading

Newsletter: 🚲 Changes on 25th St 🚌 and for SEPTA! / πŸ—³ Help the Fiedler campaign!

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 178 🚲 25th STREET REDESIGN The City has another survey out for redoing 25th Street in South Philly, underneath a viaduct that needs significant repair. There are three different designs being put forward: Design A which has two lanes, parking, and loading zones, Design B with two lanes, protected bikes lanes, and a raised pedestrian crossing, and Design C, which has four lanes and parking and loading on the curb. We feel that Design B has the most benefits for all residents, being available for all kinds of traversal and one of the few city streets with protected bike lanes. Continue reading