Newsletter: Come to our January 2020 Kick-off Meeting on 1/15, Kenney to Keep His Street Sweeping Promise, Urbanist Jobs Board


Join us Wednesday, January 15th for 5th Square's first monthly meet-up of the year, at Dock Street Brewery South from 6-8 pm.

Our monthly meet-ups are a great way to get to know 5th Square members and volunteers, hear from guest speakers on urbanist topics, and start to get involved in transportation and planning politics with us and in your neighborhood.


This month we'll be hosting discussions about two big topics in 2020: the status of the forthcoming transit coalition that 5th Square has been working on, and the upcoming Washington Avenue repaving and, hopefully, full redesign.

We're excited to give our members and volunteers a chance to learn more about upcoming transit campaigns, how you can get involved, and everyone's hopes and dreams for transit organizing in Philadelphia over the next few years.

Additionally at this meeting, we will be discussing the formation of a local advocacy campaign for Washington Avenue with street safety advocates and neighborhood activists.



The Lindy Institute of Drexel University has a survey out to inform the Vision for the Lower Schuylkill and the PES site. Share your responses today!



Sign the Bicycle Coalition's petition asking State Senator Kim Ward, chair of the Senate Transportation Committee, to put HB792 up for a vote in January.

This bill would make it possible for PennDOT to approve or install parking-protected bike lane projects, and for cities and towns to make their roads safer during the 2020 paving season.


Monday, January 13th, 7 PM
East Passyunk Crossing Civic Zoning Meeting
There will be a presentation to provide an overall update on the Bok building and to discuss future projects, including: Auditorium Renovation, Events Space, Cafeteria 6th Floor, Girls Gym, and 6/7 Floors.

Wednesday, January 15th, 6 - 8 PM
*** 5th Square's January Monthly Meet-up ***
Join us for 5th Square's monthly meet-up at Dock Street Brewery South (22nd and Washington Ave) where we'll be talking upcoming transit advocacy work and a Washington Ave campaign timed to the upcoming repaving.

Thursday, January 16th, 5:00 - 8:30 PM
Resource Fair for the Broad, Germantown & Erie Community
To continue the dialogue about what is happening at Broad, Germantown, and Erie, the City and community representatives will hold a Resource Fair at Zion Baptist Church (3600 N. Broad Street). Residents are invited to attend to get information and participate in discussions around community services, housing, transportation, crime and safety, and public space.

Thursday, January 16th, 6 - 9 PM
Urban Geek Drinks - January Convening
UGD is Philadelphia's longest-running urbanist happy hour meet-up, meeting on the third Thursday of every month.

Saturday, January 18th, 12:00 - 1:30 PM
*** 11th Street Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Walk ***
Join Feet First Philly & 5th Square organizer James Gitto for a walk on South 11th Street to explore the added pedestrian and bicycle safety infrastructure installed in 2019. We will spend time talking about the project, its intentions, its successes, and where there's room for improvement.


In a surprise announcement during his second inaugural address, Mayor Kenney said he would be instituting a citywide street sweeping program, complete with alternate-side parking.

This proclamation has been met with muted optimism as his staff has since said that some neighborhoods would see traditional mechanical street sweeping while others would still see the dusty leaf blowing model.

We're excited about the announcement, and cautiously optimistic about the Mayor's plans to keep this promise in his second term.


Roosevelt Blvd is finally close to getting much-needed speed cameras, with activation expected in February.  This comes after a regulatory snag at PennDOT delayed their arrival and news of yet another fatal crash on one of the most dangerous roads in America.


Philly finally passed a ban on single-use plastic bags. This is a huge step forward for our environment and the cleanliness of our city as one of the most littered items in our city is eliminated.

We also agree with several environmental groups arguing that a ban without enforcement or a fee is not going far enough.


Writing in the Inquirer, Laura Fredricks and Randy LoBasso say "Society Hill bike lanes raise questions about whether the Kenney administration really supports Vision Zero." This article echoes our own frustrations with the Kenney administration's choice to put complaints from a few members of the Society Hill Civic Association ahead of the City's Vision Zero goals.


Local Stories We're Reading:

The Philadelphia Inquirer: Can eliminating traffic lights and adding a ‘Dutch’ roundabout fix a dangerous Philly intersection?

Pennsylvania Capital-Star: The Pa. Legislature should resolve to tackle infrastructure funding in 2020

The Philadelphia Inquirer: Point Breeze and Tioga-Nicetown: Two neighborhoods that, in some ways, tell the story of gentrification in Philadelphia

The Philadelphia Inquirer: Philadelphia can do more to fight traffic congestion

NJ PEN: DRPA Freezes Bridge Tolls Through 2022, PATCO Ridership Highest in 25 Years

The Philadelphia Inquirer: The mayor gets tough on trash — sort of. Now it’s time to move our cars. | Mike Newall


West Philadelphia Promise Neighborhood Community Funding Opportunity
The West Philadelphia Promise Neighborhood (WPPN) and Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) will provide a Community Funding Opportunity for projects that support children living or attending school in the neighborhoods of Belmont, Mantua, Mill Creek, Powelton Village, West Powelton, Saunders Park and East Parkside.

DVRPC is accepting applications for the TCDI grant program through February 21, 2020. The program is available to all municipal and county governments, as well as transit agencies within the Greater Philadelphia region. Up to $1,800,000 may be available for TCDI grants: $1,200,000 in Pennsylvania and $600,000 in New Jersey. Visit to read the program guidelines and application schedule.

TransitCenter: Women Changing Transportation: The Mentorship Program - TransitCenter -- Applications are now open for the 2020 program!

PIDC: RACP Application 101
Tue, Jan 14, 2020
7:30 AM - 10:00 AM
In this workshop, you will learn about the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) program, including eligibility requirements, the application process, and using your grant funds.

Re-design Philly’s Election Day stickers! The City Commissioner’s Office is partnering with the School District of Philadelphia and hosting a competition open to all students of Philadelphia schools and residents of Philadelphia. The competition will run the entire month of January so get designing!

PWD’s Soak It Up Adoption program. This grant-based green stormwater infrastructure (‘GSI’) monitoring and engagement program is actively seeking new partners for 2020. The bottom line is that civics and nonprofits who are eligible can receive small, annual grants to care for constructed GSI within their borders. The program is built upon a two-prong approach of weekly GSI site visits, and reporting, as well as community engagement.

Office of Innovation and Technology is offering a $34k grant to pilot a waste reduction program.

Nominations are also open for the Clean Air Commuter Award. Do you or someone you know brave snow covered sidewalks, rainy bike rides, or early morning small talk to get to work each day, reflecting your commitment to the environment? Enter the most dedicated sustainable commuter you know in our annual Clean Air Commuter of the Year award! Fill out this form to nominate a Clean Air Commuter! Nominations for the Clean Air Commute Awards close on March 15, 2020.

Nominate a Clean Air Commute Employer! The Clean Air Council is looking to honor the most sustainable-commute-friendly, Philly-based employer!

SEPTA Citizen Advisory Committee - Membership Application - this group is made up of transit riders representing Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties. There are currently a number of vacant positions and we are seeking transit riders, from across the SEPTA service region to apply to become a CAC member.

The Educational Nominating Panel is now accepting applications for the Board of Education of the School District of Philadelphia. Applications are due on January 24, 2020.



United Way of Greater Philadelphia & Southern New Jersey is seeking a Private Philanthropy Officer, Leadership Giving & Women United

American Rivers is seeking an Urban Stormwater Associate Director

The Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation is seeking a Director of Institutional Giving

Now hiring crossing guards: part-time job with benefitsThe City of Philadelphia is now hiring crossing guards to help students walk safely to and from schools.

South Philly Food Co-op is hiring managers, clerks and cashiers.  Hiring deadline extended!

City of Philadelphia, Dept of Public Health - Fiscal and Project Tracking Manager

Capital Access Project and Grants Management Services (CAPGMS) seeks to engage a programmer on a contract basis to help establish as many automated functions as possible within the Office 365 platform of programs and applications to make the user-experience as secure and efficient as possible for CAPGMS Clients and CAPGMS staff.

The Office of Budget and Program Evaluation is seeking an Assistant Budget Director for Analysis & Communications in its Budget Office.

P'unk Avenue is seeking an Engineering Director

Philly Startup Leaders (PSL) is hiring a Community Engagement Coordinator

CultureWorks Greater Philadelphia seeks a full-time Finance Coordinator to join the Finance & Operations team.

The Office of Mayor William Peduto is undertaking a nationwide search to hire a City Planning Director for the City of Pittsburgh. 

Pennsylvania Horticultural Society is hiring the following positions: Associate Director, Trees; Associate Director of Volunteers and Competitive Classes; Program Manager, Gardener Engagement; Field Coordinator; Horticulture Intern; Human Resources Intern

The Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) is seeking a Software Engineer

The Lenfest Local Lab is looking for a community-focused email newsletter editor to oversee a series of exciting neighborhood newsletter pilot projects in collaboration with The Philadelphia Inquirer in 2020.

The Philadelphia Chapter of AIA (American Institute of Architects) and the Center for Architecture and Design are seeking a communications and social media coordinator for both the Chapter and the Center.

Neighborhood Bike Works is seeking a Youth Program Director and Mechanic/Sales Manager.

Transportation Management Association of Chester County (TMACC) seeks a creative, reliable and well-organized Office Administrator

The Economy League of Greater Philadelphia is seeking an entrepreneurial, team-oriented professional with program management experience to direct the Philadelphia Anchors for Growth and Equity (PAGE) program.

Delaware River Port Authority is seeking a Sr. Engineer - Grade 12

LISC Philadelphia seeks a self-motivated individual to fill a Program Assistant position.

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) is seeking to hire a Capital Grants Specialist

The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) is hiring a Transportation Modeler / Analyst

NACTO is hiring 1) Director of Engagement, 2) Program Manager, Design Education, 3) Sr. Communications Associate, GDCI

ApostropheCMS is seeking a Marketing Manager

Montgomery County, PA is seeking a Planner and a Section Chief of Trails

City Councilmember-elect Kendra Brooks is seeking staff.

BridgePoint Associates, a housing development nonprofit, is seeking a Chief Executive Officer

The University of Pennsylvania is hiring a Senior Writer, Special Projects, reporting directly to the Executive Director for Strategy, Engagement and Campaign.

Friends of the Rail Park is seeking an Executive Director

The Economy League is seeking a Director, Greater Philadelphia Leadership Exchange

The City of Philadelphia's Commerce Dept is seeking a Program Manager, CDC Programs.  The Program Manager is an integral part of the Commerce Department’s Office of Neighborhood Economic Development (ONED).

The Kensington Corridor Trust seeks an Executive Director

Benefits Data Trust (BDT) seeks a Chief of Staff

The School District of Philadelphia's Office of Capital Programs (OCP) is seeking a Construction Coordinator

Tiny WPA is growing and is hiring for three positions: Lead Fabricator, Building Hero Project Manager, Part-Time Fabricator


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