We are gearing up for the 2020 Election Season! Pennsylvania's primary is early this year on April 28th because of the Presidential election, and candidates running for state office will be on the ballot too. Learn about the state of the primaries and meet some of the candidates running at our monthly meet-up.
On Thursday, February 13th, we'll be in our new home base at Kismet - Spring Arts, and will be welcoming candidates for PA State Senate and House.
This will be a great opportunity to come and get to know the candidates running in your district, hear their takes on urbanist topics, and sign some petitions to help them get on the ballot.
Check out the candidates' responses to our state legislative questionnaire on our new Election Center page.
These meet-ups are casual social gatherings, and are intended as a fun way for new and existing supporters to connect with other people involved with 5th Square and urbanist issues in Philadelphia, either professionally or in a volunteer/activist capacity, and learn more about what our all-volunteer organization is up to.
If you've been meaning to check out one of our events or meetings but haven't made it out yet, this will be a good first one to come to. And please bring a friend or two!
We are holding our process for 5th Square endorsements over the next few weeks.
Join us as a member for as little as $5 a month to help us decide who to endorse for this election cycle!
Tuesday, February 11th, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Walk 52nd: Community Design Meeting
The Enterprise Center is working to make 52nd Street an easier and safer place to travel to and on, and a more attractive and vibrant place to shop and do business. Join them Tuesday to hear what they’ve learned so far, and comment on initial design concepts.
Tuesday, February 11th, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
2020 Edmund N. Bacon Urban Design Awards
Join the Center for Architecture and Design in honoring Majora Carter and the student winners of the 2020 Edmund N. Bacon Urban Design Awards.
Wednesday, February 12th, 5:30 - 7:30 PM
oTIS - Improvements for the Intersection of Cottman, Rising Sun and Oxford
You're invited to join the conversation with City of Philadelphia Government to discuss a new design for the Five Points intersection to create safer conditions around the Honor Square War Memorial.
Thursday, February 13th, 6 - 8 PM
*** 5th Square's February Monthly Meet-up ***
Join us at Kismet Cowork Spring Arts (448 N. 10th St), where we will be welcoming candidates for the upcoming PA State legislative races ahead of the upcoming April primary.
Friday, February 14th, 5:30 - 7:00 PM
Winter Bike to Work & Wherever Day
Join the Bicycle Coalition as they celebrate this day. Whether you’re on a bike or not, coming from work or wherever, stop by Yards Brewery on February 14th to hang & make valentines with your favorite local bike advocates.
Saturday, February 22nd, 1 - 3 PM
Transit Equity Day Town Hall
The Philadelphia Transit Equity Coalition invites you to our second annual Transit Equity Day celebration. Join for a two hour town hall-style discussion on how we can create a more equitable transportation system in Philadelphia.
Thank you to everyone who responded to this week's action alert from the Bicycle Coalition that we promoted to prevent Senator Sabatina's poison pill amendment from derailing SB565, the parking protected bike lane and pedestrian plaza bill. Because of you, Senators on the transportation committee received over 1,500 communications overnight and Senator Sabatina withdrew the amendment!
The bill passed the PA Senate Transportation Committee thanks, in large part, to your calls and emails. It now heads to a full vote, so it's not time to pull back yet. If you haven't let your elected officials know where you stand, please call or email them today.
Thanks to the Bicycle Coalition for heading up this effort and moving quickly! Read more about it at their blog post here.
Check out our latest Inquirer opinion piece from 5th Square Transit organizers Michael Noda and Daniel Trubman calling for more transparency from SEPTA in light of the surprise news of a defect affecting Market-Frankford Line subway cars and the recent Route 15 stumbles.
The riding public expects better.
Illegal median parking is popping up in more places thanks to the lack of city enforcement, according to Inga Saffron's latest piece calling attention to the city vehicles still parked in the middle of Ben Franklin Parkway.
The Kenney administration's decision to let car owners park illegally wherever they want with no consequences leads to toxic transportation politics and unreasonable expectations from motorists that the city will always bend to their will. That bleeds over into all kinds of other important issues related to the city's Vision Zero commitments, street cleaning, and more. The City harms their own ability to deliver these things politically by bending the knee to illegal parkers.