Newsletter: 🏞️ Demanding a Safer Cobbs Creek Pkwy | 🏛️ Meet-up THURSDAY w/ Councilmember Gilmore Richardson

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 124


For far too long Cobbs Creek Parkway has been a deadly thoroughfare weaving through the western edge of West and Southwest Philadelphia.


Sign the petition to join the Cobbs Creek Neighbors Association and 5th Square in demanding PennDOT & the Philadelphia Streets Department to immediately implement road safety measures so no more lives are lost.

Seeing the tragic deaths of pedestrian, Avante Reynolds, in August and two motorists in July, we demand immediate action to make this road safe for all its users.

For more background, check out the article, Calls for safety on Cobbs Creek Parkway need to be answered collectively, once and for all written by co-founder of Cobbs Creek Neighbors and 5th Square volunteer, Larissa Mogano.

Courtesy Larissa Mogano

Also the following news articles:

Fast Company | ‘Certain streets are designed to kill’: How U.S. roadways target minorities and the poor

WHYY | Racist transportation policy killed Avante Reynolds — Cobbs Creek wants change

Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia | Hit-And-Run On Cobbs Creek Parkway Has Residents Demanding Change



5th Square is hosting a virtual meet-up this Thursday, September 10th at 6pm -- welcoming special guest, Katherine Gilmore Richardson!

Katherine Gilmore Richardson is serving her first term as Councilwoman At-Large for the City of Philadelphia. Gilmore Richardson’s demonstrated track record of service and leadership within the community helped her to become the youngest woman ever elected City-wide and the youngest African American woman ever elected to Philadelphia City Council.

As chair of the committee on the environment, she established Civilian Environmental Advisory groups focusing on issues of air quality, energy, green jobs and businesses, green space, transportation, waste, and water. Each group is tasked with centering their solutions around environmental justice. 5th Square is a participant in the transportation advisory group.

Since she took office in council, she has been vocal on our core issues of better transit, increased road safety, and improved green space - with a focus on racial equity. Look over her stellar answers to our 2019 Questionnaire for City Council Candidates and her recent editorials:

Also at the meeting: hear about 5th Square's ongoing campaigns, recent accomplishments, and the neighborhood victories of our membership.



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⭐ PPA - RFI Curb Management System – Pilot Program

This request for information is being issued by the Philadelphia Parking Authority (the “Authority”). The Authority is soliciting written responses from qualified companies regarding products, service and technology relating to Curb Management Systems. (Due 9/14)

Request for Proposals: Facilitation Services for Historic and Cultural Resources Survey Pilot

The City of Philadelphia Department of Planning and Development (DPD) has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to support an initial planning effort in advance of a citywide historic preservation survey. The selected consultant will assist DPD to develop criteria and processes for the citywide survey that ensures equity and identifies means to engage populations and histories not currently reflected in the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places. (Due 9/15)

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)

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 9/30.



Philadelphia Housing Development Corporation (PHDC) | Program Analyst, Philadelphia

Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia | Regional Organizer

Fairmount Park Conservancy | TreePhilly Coordinator, Development Manager, Community Program Coordinator, Facilities and Landscape Manager

Schuylkill River Greenways | Trail Project Manager

The West Philadelphia Cultural Alliance | Executive Director - Paul Robeson House & Museum

The Alliance for Watershed Education of the Delaware River | Managing Director

PennDOT's Office of the Secretary | Civil Engineer

Azavea | Temporary Research SpecialistPeople Operations Coordinator

City of Philadelphia | COVID-19 Planning and Logistics Coordinator

City of Philadelphia | Assistant Budget Director of Capital

Dragonfly Partners LLC | Administrative Assistant (P/T)

Philabundance | Senior Vice President - Chief Financial Officer

Philadelphians Organized to Witness Empower & Rebuild (POWER) | Director of DevelopmentCommunications Director

City of Allentown | Historic Preservation Planning OfficerChief Planner

Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia (SBN) | Manager of our GSI Partners initiative


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