Newsletter: 🌇 Help Protect Renters | 🚶🏿🚶🏿 Philadelphia's Pedestrian Safety Survey | ✊🏿 How Protest Benefits our Public Space

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 115


5th Square supports the Emergency Housing Protection Act proposed by Councilmembers Gym, Brooks and Gauthier, and calls on the full City Council to pass the 5 bills voted out of committee. 

This package of bills would protect renters from eviction and late fees, require mediation before eviction, and create longer-term rent repayment programs for those currently unable to pay.

As the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect our city and its residents, Philadelphia City Council must act quickly to pass this legislation in order to avoid a massive wave of evictions.

We believe that housing is a human right and this plan would protect the most vulnerable renters from homelessness while also taking steps to ensure landlords get paid. 

We are thrilled that five out of six bills have passed City Council Committee and are headed a full Council vote by June 18th.

Show your support for these vital protections today by signing this petition.



An average of 36 people per year were killed in traffic crashes while walking on Philly streets between 2014 and 2018. All of these deaths were preventable.

Fill out this brief survey by the Office of Transportation, Infrastructure, & Sustainability (OTIS) and help inform the Vision Zero Pedestrian Safety Action Plan.



The recent protests throughout our region and our nation have brought some positive symbolic changes to our shared public space. The long-overdue removal of two prominent racist symbols, the Frank Rizzo Statue in front of MSB and the Frank Rizzo Mural in the Italian Market, are fantastic developments that show the power of protest to quickly move public opinion, but these early steps need to be followed up with concrete actions geared toward protecting the safety and health of Black residents.



OTIS | Vision Zero Pedestrian Safety Action Plan Survey

The City of Philadelphia would like to welcome you to participate in our Digital Public Engagement for the Philadelphia Vision Zero Pedestrian Safety Action Plan. Please fill out this 5-minute survey if you live, work, or own a business in Philadelphia. Your feedback will inform the Action Plan that will help create safer streets and save the lives of people who walk.

Columbia Journalism Investigations | Pennsylvania Primary Tracking

This will be an election like no other and we want to be sure your vote counts.

Between the logistical hurdles of an expanded mail-in vote, protests that have turned violent and a global pandemic lurking, casting a vote has likely never been more difficult, complicated or, frankly, scary. The potential for problems in this election are tremendous, and this survey wants to know what your experience has been.

This survey is being conducted by Columbia Journalism Investigations, an investigative-reporting unit at the Columbia Journalism School, reporters from the USA Today Network in Pennsylvania and PBS Frontline.

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 Philadelphia Inquirer | Rent protections are key in fight for equality in Philadelphia | Opinion

The Philadelphia Inquirer | Jewelers Row condo-tower developer Toll Bros. pauses work amid coronavirus uncertainty



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.



PolicyMap | Data Analyst

Wharton Real Estate Center | Database Administrator/Research Analyst

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


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