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Weekly Newsletter, Issue 120


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Covid-19 has put Pennsylvania's public transit on the edge of disaster. Fare hikes, layoffs, and big service cuts are on the horizon if Congress does not pass $32B for public transit.

Across PA, transit riders and workers are coming together for some real-talk with Senator Bob Casey about the transit crisis. We need him to stand on the Senate floor as a transit champion and help fight for the transit support our agencies need to survive Covid-19. 

Join us next week on July 28th @ 5pm to show Casey that PA transit riders and workers are organized, learn more about the issues, and add your voice our joint call to save transit.


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Sunday, July 26th, 1 PM
Philadelphia Bike Community Solidarity Ride

A bike ride has been organized by family and friends of Will Lindsay “in honor of those we have lost, in support of ourselves and each other, in solidarity with Vision Zero.” Ride starts at Dell Music Center and ends at East Laurel Hill Cemetery.

Tuesday, July 28th, 5 PM
⭐ 5th Square | Transit Crisis Talk w/ Senator Bob Casey ⭐

In an event we are co-hosting with Pittsburghers for Public Transit, Transit Forward Philly, and Transit Riders Union among others, with Senator Bob Casey about the transit crisis. We are asking him to stand on the Senate floor as a transit champion and pass $32B for transit to move us all past Covid-19.

Wednesday, July 29th, 12:30 PM
⭐ 5th Square | Anti-Racism Book Club Discussion ⭐

5th Square will be hosting a series of book club discussions to promote an ongoing discussion around racial justice in our community. Katrina Johnston-Zimmerman will lead a conversation on the first book we're reading together, "Clean and White," about the history of environmental racism in the United States. We'll be restarting our regular monthly meetings this summer, and are excited to broaden the conversation with these book club discussions as well.



As restaurants reopen and expand their outdoor dining -- people who rely on mobility aids have encountered these businesses blocking sidewalks, curb cuts, and accessible parking spaces.

Although the city’s outdoor dining guidelines require restaurants to leave a 6-foot-wide pedestrian path, not all spaces are complying.

5th Square has advocated, through the Recovery Streets coalition platform, and in testimony to City Council for the city to close streets and re-purpose parking to accommodate restaurants and businesses during this time, while also upholding their responsibiities under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The Inquirer quotes our co-chair, Dena Driscoll, “We as an organization really wanted to see the city start to think about this before we actually arrived. But now we are here. We wish they had planned ahead, but they didn’t.”




SEPTA | SEPTA COVID-19 Travel Survey

To help SEPTA continue to respond to the region’s changing travel needs and adjust service as ridership increases, they have released a survey seeking input from riders.

Univ. of Penn | Examining Influences on the Work Commute Mode Choices of Essential Workers in Philadelphia during the COVID-19 Pandemic

You are invited to take part in a research survey examining influences on work commute mode choice in Philadelphia being conducted by the School of Social Policy & Practice at the University of Pennsylvania.





The Philadelphia Inquirer | Man charged in North Philly crash that injured a pregnant woman and killed her unborn child

The Philadelphia Inquirer | Berkeley moves toward removing police from traffic stops



Philly Counts | Summer of Census Program

Philly Counts is launching their Summer of Census program, the final and urgent push for Census participation in Philly. They are seeking volunteers in our district (Mantua, Walnut Hill, and Garden Court) to distribute door hangers and information. We hope to support Philly Counts' work to get a complete and accurate count in the 2020 Census, which will ensure Philadelphia gets the resources we are owed. This volunteer opportunity will not require face-to-face interaction. Sign up at

2020 Neighborhood Collaboration Grant

This grant is an opportunity to implement creative ideas and to help bring park friends, library friends, and recreation advisory council groups together. Park Friends Groups, Recreation Advisory Councils, and Library Friends Groups who represent assets owned and managed by the City of Philadelphia’s Department of Parks & Recreation and the Free Library of Philadelphia may apply in partnership with a counterpart group at a different asset (park, library, or recreation center) to support an event, program series, or concept that supports and involves communities at both sites. (Due 8/1/2020)

Curb Usage | The Curb Lane: Call for Papers

Call for methodological and empirical works and scientifically based transportation research and pilot studies that can inform the academic community and practitioners on current curb usage behaviors and the future of curb space management, including COVID-19 relief and recovery efforts. 



Arts + Business Council for Greater Philadelphia | Programs Manager, Creative Community Leadership Development

The City of Philadelphia | The Office of Director of Finance | COVID 19 Recovery and Grants Management Coordinator

The Education Law Center | Policy Director

The City of Philadelphia | Graduate Civil Engineer

CeaseFirePA | Campaign Organizer - Philadelphia

Arts + Business Council for Greater Philadelphia | Programs Manager, Creative Community Leadership Development

Ian Smith Design Group LLC | Architect/Designer II

The Barnes Foundation | Director of Marketing and Social Media

Broad Street Ministry | Covid-19 Prevention Site Residential Tech

Benefits Data Trust (BDT) | Director of Policy

The Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management | Emergency Management Liaison Officer

Clean Air Council | Transportation Outreach Coordinator

The Hope Center for College, Community and Justice, at Temple University | Director of Communications

Community Design Collaborative | Executive Director

WHYY PlanPhilly | Reporter


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