Newsletter: ๐Ÿšฒ Changes on 25th St ๐ŸšŒ and for SEPTA! / ๐Ÿ—ณ Help the Fiedler campaign!

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 178 ๐Ÿšฒ 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

Newsletter: ๐Ÿšฒ Parking protected bike lanes / ๐Ÿšง Tactical urbanism webinar / ๐Ÿ“… Tons of events!

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 177 ๐Ÿšฒ PARKING PROTECTED BIKE LANES Last Monday, the State Senate Transportation Committee held a hearing about HB140, which amends Title 75 to legalize parking separated bike lanes. Sarah Clark Stuart of the Bicycle Coalition provided testimony in favor of the bill. The City of Philadelphia with Kittleson and Associates has already released a study on parking separated bike lanes as part of a cycling network. There are already some bike lane pilot projects like this around the city that were granted special permissions through PennDOT, like Market St and JFK Blvd. However, passage of HB140 would allow those and other projects to become permanent. If you haven't already, send an email to your elected officials to encourage them to take the vote on this in April. There are only a few days left for legislative sessions... Continue reading

Newsletter 176: โ›ฝ๏ธ GAS TAX REBATES, ๐Ÿšฒ OTIS BIKE STUDY

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 176 โ›ฝ๏ธ GAS TAX REBATES 5th Square members Fae Ehsan and Caitlin Nagle wrote an op-ed in the Inquirer against a possible gas tax rebate, as gasoline prices are on the rise. They felt that it does little to address the structural problems facing low-income Pennsylvanians while exacerbating the climate crisis and lining the pockets of Big Oil. Continue reading

April Fools!

Newsletter, Issue 175ยฝ // April 1, 2022 Thank you for reading our first April Fools Newsletter Issue, if you aren't already a newsletter subscriber, sign up here!ย  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: ๐Ÿ”‘ Paid SEPTA passes for work! / ๐Ÿ–ค Support the SOSNA Triangles / ๐ŸŽฅ Wash Ave Mini-Doc

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 175 ๐Ÿ”‘ SEPTA INSTITUTIONAL PASSES Recently, SEPTA announced Key Advantage, their institutional pass program. Drexel University, Penn Medicine, and Wawa are their first participants for the 6 month trial. The passes will be active May 1st. 5th Square co-chair Jon Geeting and our partners at Transit Forward Philadelphia were instrumental in getting the program up and running. Continue reading

Primary Endorsements - 2022 PA State Legislature Races

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASETuesday, March 22, 2022 5th Square is proud to announce its endorsement for the following candidates for this year's 2022 Pennsylvania primary elections. Continue reading

Newsletter: ๐Ÿ“ฃ Announcing Our Endorsements / ๐Ÿ–ค Tanya Seaman: In Memoriam / ๐Ÿš‡ SEPTA Board Meeting

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 174 ๐Ÿ“ฃโœ… 2022 ELECTION ENDORSEMENTS Following the polls of our membership, 5th Square is proud to announce its endorsement for the following candidates for this year's 2022 Pennsylvania primary elections. 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

Tanya Seaman: Why Washington Avenue Should be Designed by the Experts and Not Just by the Neighbors

We are deeply saddened by the passing of Tanya Seaman yesterday, March 17th, 2022, after a courageous battle with terminal cancer. Tanya was a tireless advocate for Vision Zero in Philadelphia and our world is better off for having her. She was co-founder and pastย executive director of PhillyCarShare. In her role as co-chair of SOSNA's vision zero committee, she spearheaded multiple roadway safety projects in her community.ย  Her advocacy and leadership will endure in Philadelphia's built environment with everybody who uses our streets enjoying a safer and more-equitable means of travel. We are posthumously publishing the op-ed she wrote advocating for a safer Washington Avenue. Continue reading

Newsletter: ๐Ÿšฎ Street Sweeping meeting / ๐Ÿ“– Fixer-Upper book event / ๐Ÿš‡ SEPTA board meeting

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 173 ๐Ÿšฎ LITTER FREE STREETS AT LAST...? The City is holding virtual meetings via Zoom about the upcoming Mechanical Cleaning Pilot Program on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of this week. The street cleanings will be starting on April 4th in 14 different neighborhoods: North Central, Frankford, Germantown, Kensington, Logan, Nicetown, Paschall, Point Breeze, Port Richmond, South Philly (Lower Moyamensing), Southwest, Strawberry Mansion, West Fairhill, and West Philly. Zoom ID: 836 7765 6475Passcode: 127032Phone dial-in number: 267-831-0333 Tuesday, March 15, at noonTuesday, March 15, at 3 p.m.Wednesday, March 16, at 6 p.m.Thursday, March 17, at 10 a.m.Thursday, March 17 at 6 p.m. Continue reading

Newsletter: ๐Ÿš‡ SEPTA board meeting / ๐Ÿป Two upcoming events! / ๐Ÿšฅ Unveiling of Washington Ave

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 172 ๐Ÿค๐Ÿป MEMBERS-ONLY EVENT: 2022 CANDIDATES MEET & GREET Did you sign up for a membership already? Do you want to be a member? Come join us at Buffalo Billiards in Old City and get to know the candidates running in your district, hear their takes on urbanist topics, and sign their petitions to get on the ballot. Thursday, March 10th, 2022 at 6:30 PM Continue reading

Testimony for SEPTA FY2022 Capital Budget Amendments

5th Square members and volunteers came to SEPTA's FY2022 Capital Budget Amendment hearings today to advocate for Bus Revolution Trolley Modernization Subway Station Accessibility Reimagining Regional Rail Here is the spoken testimony delivered at the virtual public meeting today by 5th Square members and volunteers. Continue reading

Press Release: 5th Square Reaction to Mixed Layout for Washington Ave

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASETuesday, March 1, 2022 PHILADELPHIA โ€” Today, Philadelphiaโ€™s Office of Transportation, Infrastructure and Sustainability (OTIS) announced that they are proceeding with the โ€˜Mixed Layoutโ€™ option for Washington Avenue. Continue reading

Newsletter: ๐Ÿ“ข Tonight! Washington Ave open house / ๐ŸšŒ SEPTA budget hearing / ๐Ÿค Members & Candidates Mixer

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 170 ๐Ÿ“ข REMINDER: PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE FOR WASHINGTON AVE The city is holding a public Open House for Washington Ave tonight, March 1st @ 6:30 PM, to unveil the final plans. It will be held in person at the Christian Street YMCA (1724 Christian St), following COVID-19 guidelines, and a virtual option on Facebook Live. Continue reading

Newsletter: ๐Ÿ“ข Washington Ave open house / ๐Ÿ“– Housing book talk / ๐Ÿšฒ West Philly Bike Lanes

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 170 ๐Ÿ“ข PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE FOR WASHINGTON AVE The city announced the location of their public Open House for Washington Ave, where they plan on releasing the final-final-final plans for this roadway on Tuesday, March 1st @ 6:30 PM. Continue reading

Newsletter: โœ๏ธ Washington Ave Families meetup / ๐ŸŽฉ Be a committee person / ๐ŸŽฅ Learn about new housing

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 169 โœ๏ธ KEEP UP THE PRESSURE AT WASHINGTON AVENUE This weekend, we were out on our Washington Ave Families event, making signs and postcards against the street layout changes. Continue reading

Press Release: Safer Washington Avenue Fund Reaches More Than $10,000 in Donations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEThursday, February 10, 2022PHILADELPHIA โ€” On Monday, 5th Square established its Safer Washington Avenue Fund, specifically dedicated to electing Philadelphia candidates who will pledge to uphold the City's stated Vision Zero goals. In four days, it has drawn more than $10,000 in donations. Continue reading

Newsletter: โœ‰๏ธ Washington Ave Updates / ๐ŸŽฉ Run for Committeeperson / ๐ŸŠ West Philly Pool Closures / ๐Ÿš‚ Roxborough housing at risk

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 168 โœ‰๏ธ WASHINGTON AVENUE IN JEOPARDY We are asking everyone to contact OTIS, the Mayor, and Councilmembers Johnson & Squilla to tell them we want the safest possible option for Washington Ave -- the original 3-lane layout. Continue reading

Press Release: Concerning the Update on Washington Avenue Repaving and Improvement Project

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASESunday, February 6, 2022PHILADELPHIA โ€” Yesterday, the City of Philadelphiaโ€™s Office of Transportation, Infrastructure, and Sustainability (OTIS) released its update on the Washington Avenue Repaving and Improvement Project which backtracked from their September 2020 โ€œFinal Design Decision.โ€ The Cityโ€™s new plan eliminates the safest roadway layout, the 3-lane layout, from consideration in its design. Continue reading

Newsletter: ๐ŸŽฉ Run for Committeeperson / ๐Ÿ† Blatstein's Wawa Withdrawn / ๐Ÿ“‹ Shape our Questionnaire / ๐Ÿ™๏ธ Need Public Housing in West Philly

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 167 ๐ŸŽฉ RUN FOR A COMMITTEE PERSON SEAT IN 2022 Want to take the next step up toward neighborhood political leadership, and help 5th Square support great candidates for office in the 2022 and 2023 elections? Continue reading

Newsletter: ๐Ÿ—๏ธ Strong Towns Book Event / ๐Ÿ™๏ธ Women-Led Cities / ๐Ÿ›ฃ๏ธ Plans for Cobbs Creek Pkwy

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 166 ๐Ÿ—๏ธ BOOK EVENT: CONFESSIONS OF A RECOVERING ENGINEER Join 5th Square and friends for a guest talk by Chuck Marohn, founder of Strong Towns, at Philly Office Retail at 4701 Germantown Ave. Continue reading