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Weekly Newsletter, Issue 114


We take this moment to bear witness to the tragic murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, and mourn every Black and Brown life lost due to racist actions and policies.

We, as an organization, can never, ever forget that our work for safer streets, accessible cities, and better public spaces only has meaning when it empowers everyone calling Philadelphia home. We can not forget that police brutality and white supremacy must be defeated for our advocacy to truly bear fruit.

This is also a moment for deep reflection on our mission as an organization. We must scrutinize the blind spots in our advocacy.

As we work to ensure our goals as an organization rise to the level of what this moment requires, we welcome your thoughts about what we can do to make sure our advocacy reaches all Philadelphians.


If you live in one of these PA House districts. These candidates best represent our mission to make Philadelphia a more sustainable, accessible, transit-friendly city for everyone.

📸 Read more about why we're supporting these candidates in our Press Release.

🗒️ Read candidates' responses to our 2020 state legislative questionnaire and get vital election information at our 2020 Election Center.



Your mail-in ballot MUST be received (not just postmarked) by 8PM TOMORROW. 

Voters can bring their voted ballots to any drop-off office between 7AM and 8PM on Election Day, June 2nd.

Voters may also bring their voted mail-in or absentee ballot to the ballot drop-off office by the South Broad entrance to City Hall and outside of 520 N. Columbus Boulevard. These locations are available anytime between now and Election Day, June 2nd, at 8PM.



The Philadelphia City Commissioners have consolidated polling places for the June 2nd primary due to COVID-19.

Use our new map to look up where your new polling place is.




We interviewed several candidates over the past few weeks and put them through their paces with questions about transportation, housing and more! 

Tune in on our Facebook videos page.




SEPTA heard a clear message from transit advocates like 5th Square and the Transit Forward Philly coalition at their online hearings this week and our 2020 Fair Fares platform came across in bold print:

The media also saw this and ran our testimony as some of the biggest takeaways of the fare hearings!

Patricia Madej of The Philadelphia Inquirer writes,

“Adopting a more equitable fare platform will be critical to restoring ridership after the COVID-19 pandemic has passed while providing much-needed cost relief to its most financially burdened riders,” Will Tung, 5th Square organizer, said during the public hearing.

Darryl Murphy of PlanPhilly added,

Advocates from the urbanist PAC 5th Square also pushed for SEPTA to extend TransPass usage to Regional Rail stops in Zone 1. Daniel Trubman, a member of the group, said the zone covers some of the region’s most “underprivileged and transit-reliant neighborhoods,” but the Regional Rail fare is too expensive for them to take advantage of the service.



OTIS | Washington Avenue Repaving and Improvement Project

The City of Philadelphia is repaving Washington Avenue in 2021. Repaving is an opportunity to change the roadway and make it safer for people walking, driving, riding transit, and biking. Take a moment to learn and provide feedback about the Washington Avenue repaving and improvement project.

DRWC | Philly Waterfront Parks Survey

As the Philadelphia Waterfront continues to grow, the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation (DRWC) wants to better understand the visitor experience and what you would like to do and see at one of the region’s most iconic destinations – from music and festivals to new parks and development projects. Your input is critical as DRWC continues to improve our public spaces for everyone to enjoy.






The New Republic | American Cities Are Built for Cars. The Coronavirus Could Change That.

StreetsblogMASS | Guest Column: Rush Hour Is Over – So What Comes Next?



Senators Street & Haywood Secure $175 M Housing Relief Package in PA Budget

The Philadelphia Inquirer | Unlike COVID, there is a cure for homelessness: housing

The Philadelphia Inquirer | No playground? No problem. Philly architect built a treehouse in his rowhouse yard, and you can, too.

WHYY | Philly software snafus could affect your property tax bill


The Streets Department has announced 3 contract opportunities for on-call planning, design, and engineering services. Responses are due mid-June 2020. Look for opportunities: #21200226140222, #21200226135933, #21200226135248 on eContracts Philly via this link



Would you like to join the CCRA Zoning Committee? Center City Residents' Association Zoning Committee is now seeking applications to join this active group. Meetings are once a month, and active participation is required. Community engagement is a must, knowledge of the zoning code can be learned on the job. Email Operations Manager, Travis Oliver, with the subject zoning committee.



The Philadelphia Department of Public Health is hiring contact tracers to track and contain cases of COVID-19 in Philadelphia.

Germantown United Community Development Corporation (GUCDC) | Business Development Manager

Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC) | Vice President, Navy Yard Capital Projects and Engineering

Pennsylvania Democratic Committee | Field Organizer, Deputy Field Director, Regional Field Director

Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia | Consumer Finance Institute - Senior Research Assistant/Research AnalystSocial Media and Engagement Associate

Dot Connector Studio | Operations Associate


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