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Weekly Newsletter, Issue 104


5th Square kicks off our candidate endorsement process starting TODAY.  Our endorsement process is only open to our membership.

Become a member for as little as $5 a month to be able to help shape our candidate slate in this year's state legislative primaries.This is the crux of what we do as an all-volunteer Urbanist Political Action Committee. Help us support great local candidates and send people to Harrisburg with good land use, public space, and transportation ideas.

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.

Check out the candidates' responses to our state legislative questionnaire on our new Election Center page.


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.

Thursday, February 27th, 3 PM - 4 PM
⭐ SEPTA February Board Meeting ⭐
Join 5th Square Transit at the next SEPTA Board Meeting to help call for the elimination of the $1 transfer penalty when they vote on this year's fare changes later this Spring.

Saturday, February 29th, 11 AM - 1 PM
Feet First Philly - Concourse Walk and Wayfinding Scavenger Hunt
The Center City Concourse is a sprawling underground network of walkways that connect SEPTA's subway stations, regional rail stations, PATCO, office buildings, and even a mall. Join Lex, a Feet First Philly Steering Committee member whose day job happens to be a Planner at SEPTA, on a walk to explore the Center City Concourse!

Thursday, March 5th, 6:30 - 9:30 PM
GRASP - South Philly State Rep. Meet-&-Greet
Join GRASP at Second District Brewing as they host candidates running for all PA State Rep positions in South Philadelphia - these districts include the 175th, 182nd, 184th, 185th, and 186th. 



The Temple News reported on the reaction of North Central Philadelphia residents to Mayor Kenney's pledge to bring back citywide street sweeping by 2023. They cited our efforts to bring this about by opposing the pilot which required crews with harmful backpack blowers. We will continue to hold the mayor to his promise and let's shed our 'Filthadelphia' moniker once and for all!



Check out Grid Magazine's latest bike talk featuring 5th Square member Aaron Bauman's Twitter bot @HowsMyDrivingPA that looks up outstanding PPA violations for any given license plate tag number. Bauman says he created the bot to fight against Philadelphia “politicians’ general attitude of car supremacy and embrace of toxic car culture.” Strong work Aaron!

Illustration by Sean Rynkewicz


Chestnut Street in Center City is a mess due to pedestrians, cyclists, delivery trucks, buses and private cars all jockeying for limited street space. A conversation about who should have priority in this densest of urban streets springs eternal. This was brought back in the news with a new petition by local activist, Jeff Stern, following our lead and demanding Philly to follow NYC's lead and 'Cancel Cars on Chestnut'. We couldn't agree more!




WHYY | When South Street was almost bulldozed to make room for a highway


Philadelphia Magazine | Say Bye-Bye to the Boner 4Ever Building 


The Philadelphia Inquirer | As a stretch of another city goes car-free, Philly pursues other solutions to congestion

Billy Penn | Part of Filbert Street is going car-free this summer. Should Chestnut be next?

Billy Penn | After police sweep, Indego e-bikes return to Philly docking stations


WAMU 1A | Funded And Affordable: Should Public Transit Be Free?

The Philadelphia Inquirer | Amid FBI probe, SEPTA shifts employee spending policy

Railway Age | Two Tickets to Pittsburgh




Use this form to suggest a speaker or nominate yourself for upcoming TEDxPhiladelphiaSalons. These salons will explore the themes "Youthfulness and the Arts" and "Mental Health and the Arts," and will take place in March and April respectively. (Due 2/24)

The Board Prep Program hosted by Young Involved Philadelphia (YIP) is a 7-week intensive training program supporting young professionals who are interested in being nonprofit board members - or who already serve on boards - and are seeking an education in thoughtful, engaged, and dedicated board service. (Due 3/6)

TransportationCamp PHL is pleased to present the first ever TranspoCamp academic award for undergraduate and graduate students! Please prepare a response to the following prompt.

The Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals Delaware Valley Chapter is now proud to announce the first edition of regional APBP Delaware Valley Awards, including the first ever APBP Delaware Valley Professional of the Year and the first ever APBP Delaware Valley Project of the Year. Applications will be reviewed by the APBP Delaware Valley Board of Directors, as well guest judges to be announced soon. Please submit all nominations to [email protected]. (Due 2/21)

Clean Air Council wants to hear from you about your vision for the former refinery site, tell you about how to provide input into the remediation planning process of the site, and discuss how to advance policies that would promote public health and safety at the refinery site and the entire city.

Serve Philadelphia is holding its Civic Engagement Academy.  The Civic Engagement Academy is about inspiring local community change through training and skills development.

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 application period for the 2020 AARP Community Challenge is open! The AARP Community Challenge provides small grants to fund "quick-action" projects that can help communities become more livable for people of all ages. Applications are being accepted for projects to improve housing, transportation, public space, technology ("smart cities"), civic engagement and more. (Due 4/1)

DVRPC's Competitive Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ) seeks to fund transportation projects that will improve air quality and reduce traffic congestion in the DVRPC Region. CMAQ eligible projects will demonstrably reduce air pollution emissions and help the DVRPC region meet the federal health based air quality standards.

Grants for play in PhiladelphiaKaBOOM! and William Penn Foundation invite you to apply for Play Everywhere Philly, an exciting new program awarding $1M to support child development and literacy skills through play installations in Philadelphia.  Idea Form due 3/6/2020.

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. Due 2/21.

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.

PHDC is pleased to issue this Request for Proposals to owners and/or property managers (on behalf of owners) of affordable housing properties with income-restricted rental units that were built or substantially renovated with federal, state or local subsidies.  PHDC is seeking Respondents who are interested in participating in a new program (Shallow Rent Pilot Program) designed to provide monthly rent vouchers, not to exceed $300/month, to tenants who are leasing units in the City of Philadelphia at rent levels that exceed 30% of their gross income. (Due 3/9)


MilkCrate is seeking the following positions: Senior Full Stack Engineer, React Native Engineer, Technical Account Associate, Business Development Associate, Customer Success Associate and Interns

Witty Gritty is seeking a Community Engagement Coordinator and a Project & Client Manager 

SEPTA is currently recruiting to fill entry level Engineer I positions for their SEPTA 2020 Engineering Management Rotation Program set to begin after June, 2020. These opportunities are in various Departments in our Engineering, Maintenance and Construction (EM&C) Division and our Vehicle Engineering Division (VE). (Due 3/1)

Philadelphia Parks & Recreation is seeking: RSI Swim Philly Coordinator, RSI Park Ambassador, Worksite Monitor, RSI FarmPhilly Program Assistant

Next City seeks a talented journalist of color for a one-year freelance reporting fellowship starting April 2020. (Due 2/28)

Rodriguez Consulting is seeking a Civil Engineer with 4+ years of experience to perform Post-Construction Inspections of Private Developments in Philadelphia as part of a team that is working under the direction of the Philadelphia Water Department's (PWD) Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) Implementation Unit.


When We All Vote is seeking a National Regional Organizer

Conservation Voters of PA - Chester County Coordinator

WHYY - Multimedia Content Producer

PolicyMap seeks a Data Analyst to contribute to the Data and Content Development Team by sourcing, acquiring, maintaining and curating data for our online data and mapping services.

JMT - Studio Director/Principal - Architecture

Benefits Data Trust (BDT) is seeking a Policy Analyst to help develop and advance solutions to improve access to critical benefits and services so that people can live healthier and more economically secure lives.

The Office of State Senator Art Haywood is looking for a Full-Time District Representative.

City of Philadelphia - The Office of Performance Management - Performance Management Analyst

City of Philadelphia - Rebuild - Assistant Financial Manager

University City District - Manager, Transportation and Economic Research

City of Philadelphia - Office of Diversity and Inclusion - Director of ADA Compliance

The Office of Corridor Planning at DVRPC seeks a thoughtful and organized planner or engineer to participate in and lead regionally significant multimodal planning projects.

Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia - Research Assistants

Pennsylvania Voice - Field and Program Associate, Operations Manager, Western PA Civic Engagement Manager

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