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Weekly Newsletter, Issue 123


TODAY: Join us for a webinar about our Recovery Streets Platform and hear about the progress Philadelphia has made to date plus exciting new initiatives

Be among the first to hear about the next steps the City will be taking towards adapting our streets for these times.

TODAY at Noon

The conversation will be moderated by Patricia Madej, The Philadelphia Inquirer transportation beat reporter

Panelists include:

  • Councilperson Jamie Gauthier, Philadelphia’s Third Councilmanic District

  • Job Itzkowitz, Executive Director of the Old City District

  • Chris Osgood, Chief of the Streets, Transportation & Sanitation from the City of Boston

  • Kelley Yemen, Director of Complete Streets, Philadelphia Office of Transportation, Infrastructure and Sustainability



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Check out this map we put together of Philly's new outdoor 'Streeteries'.

Back in June, the City eased its permitting rules to allow for a large expansion of outdoor dining on our sidewalks, parking lanes and, in some cases, streets closed to traffic.

We created an interactive map showing the new temporary permits (in blue), along with the places (in red) that had already had permits under the old system.

Looking to build a Parklet or Streetery?  Check out Parkade's complete guide to parklets — and how to build them.



WHYY went to the block in West Philly where 7-year-old Zamar Jones was killed in a drive-by shooting. The reporter found that neighbors had long been asking for speed cushions to deter violence and speeding only to be given the run-around by the Streets Department. 

Now only after this high-profile tragic incident, is the City now coming back to perform a full traffic study.

Ximena Conde/WHYY

5th Square has long held that the City's requirements for obtaining safer streets is too onerous, requiring neighbors to circulate a petition with a 75% approval threshold, a request from the District Councilmember, and a slow, opaque internal process with the Streets Department.

This process serves neighborhoods containing residents with the resources to spearhead street safety efforts on their own and leaves behind low-income residents who are more affected by traffic and gun violence.

The Kenney Administration must absolutely work harder to streamline the process for neighborhoods to achieve safer streets.



At last week's DNC, Pennsylvania State Rep. representing North Philly and our endorsed candidate, Malcolm Kenyatta, delivered a speech as part of the "Rising Stars" keynote. The Inquirer ran a feature interview with him about this moment.


We are so proud to be a part of Malcolm's team working to get him re-elected to a second term come November.



Tired of staring at the mountains of uncollected recycling, the President of West Passyunk Neighbors Association and valued 5th Square Member, James Gitto, took matters into his own hands.

Borrowing pickup trucks, him and a group of South Philly volunteers picked up recycling from neighbors who are elderly, disabled, or don't have their own cars. Great work, James!

Courtesy: West Passyunk Neighbors

This highlights the essential role that all our sanitation workers play in ensuring our city is clean and functioning. The City needs to do more to ensure that neighborhoods without proactive community groups or similar resources aren't buried in trash.



Philadelphia Navy Yard Connected Community Plan

The Navy Yard is excited for the next chapter in it's development and wants your input in shaping this future

You can also sign up here to receive news about the public engagement and outreach activities related to the creation of the Navy Yard's Connected Community Plan.


South Jersey: Feedback is now open on Connect 2020, the Collingswood and Haddon Township pedestrian and bicycle plan. If you live, work, or travel through either town, we'd love to get your feedback on our draft recommendations:








Chronicling Resistance Fellowship at The Free Library of Philadelphia

Seeking local activists and cultural organizers who are interested in how historical materials can strengthen and support their community work to fill our reading rooms, then use what they find there and in their communities in the present to co-curate a series of public programs that tell stories of Philadelphia’s social, political, artistic, religious, and scientific resistance. (Due 9/4)

The Black Theatre Alliance of Philadelphia (BTAP)

will be re-distributing recently donated funds to our Black theatre community members through micro grants, in an effort to support each other through this difficult time.

West Philadelphia Skills Initiative (WPSI)

A career development program which connects you with tools and supports to grow in your career. To join a training program, you must be unemployed, a resident of West Philadelphia, and have a high school diploma or GED. Now offering no-cost EMT Certification Training in partnership with Drexel University. (Apply by 9/1)

The Philadelphia Housing Development Corp. (PHDC) - Professional Services RFPs

  • RFQ for Restore, Repair, Renew – Participating Lenders
  • RFP Germantown/Mount Airy Properties, Property Management Services
  • RFQ for Village Square on Haverford Public Art

The Champions Institute

Smart Growth America (SGA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity are now accepting applications for the Champions Institute, a new initiative for elected officials focused on safe streets and healthy communities. The Champions Institute will serve to prepare mayors, city council people, tribal representatives, and other local elected-officials to act as champions supporting plans, policies, and funding that promote activity-friendly routes to everyday destinations, as part of the Active People, Healthy Nation Initiative. (DUE 9/10)

Art is Essential Projects

From the pandemic to systemic racism and inequality, the Philadelphia Housing Development Corporation is asking artists to explore our present reality.
100 artists’ proposals will be awarded $1,000 each for community-based art projects. (Due 10/7)

2021 New Leaders Council Institute

New Leaders Council is a 501c3 and is the leading training program for a rising generation of progressive leaders. Anchored by its six-month training program, the NLC Institute, NLC equips our leaders with the skills to run for office, manage campaigns, create start-ups and networks of thought leaders. The 2021 NLC Institute begins in January 2021 and applications are due by September 3rd, 2020.

Multimodal Transportation Fund

Multimodal Transportation Fund grants up to $3,000,000 are available for projects with a total cost of $100,000 or more. Funds may be used for the development, rehabilitation and enhancement of transportation assets to existing communities, streetscape, lighting, sidewalk enhancement, pedestrian safety, connectivity of transportation assets and transit-oriented development. Submissions are due September 30, 2020.



Green Building United (GBU) | Development and Stewardship Manager

Exelon | Lead Analyst IT - GIS Program

The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia | Senior Director, Business Attraction and Expansion

The United States Census Bureau | Philadelphia Region Employment Opportunities - Field Representative


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