Newsletter: 🏆 Seeking Urbanist Awards Nominations | 🚶 Support Safer Streets for East Kensington | 📋 Our 2020 Post-Election Survey | 🚍 SEPTA Covid-19 Travel Survey

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 130

🏆 Nominate Your Faves for Our Annual Urbanist Awards!


We are taking nominations for the following categories through Wednesday, December 2nd at 5 pm:

🚍 Urbanist Changemaker of the Year
🏙️ Neighborhood RCO Champion
🚃 5th Square Volunteer of the Year
✍️ Urbanist Media Champion
🚲 City Staffer of the Year
🌇 Best Development of the Year
💩 NIMBY Anti-hero


The East Kensington Neighbors Association (EKNA) needs your help making Frankford Ave safer. Neighbors have been working diligently to improve the dangerous intersection of Frankford, Amber, and Sergeant streets.

The petition is asking for:

  • Stop signs and Crosswalks at the intersection of Sergeant St and Frankford Ave.
  • Closure of the Amber St slip-lane between Sergeant and Frankford Ave.

EKNA’s goal is to present this petition to Councilperson Squilla and the Streets Department, showing strong community support so they will prioritize these simple changes that will have a positive impact on everyone who travels through this intersection.



What a year for elections in Philadelphia and across the country!

We know who made it to the statehouse and beyond will have a huge impact on what comes next for our streets, housing, and land use. We also know the people like you, who are involved or keep up with 5th Square, regularly get involved in electoral politics. It's that kind of elbow grease that powers our advocacy together.

With that in mind, we'd love to know more about you! Please take a few minutes to let us know how you took part in this historic election year, or if you plan to get more involved down the line.

This survey should take less than 5 minutes.



Submit feedback to help SEPTA improve service.

Things SEPTA would like to know include which services you used on a regular basis prior to the pandemic and how frequently did you ride?

Also, the number of trips you take now and if you aren't riding SEPTA - why?



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Thursday, November 19, 7 PM - 9 PM
Building Sustainable, Resilient Communities: A Meigs Award Evening
Jerome Shabazz, founder and director of the Overbrook Environmental Education Center, believes in a new kind of people-centered environmentalism that “creates the social architecture for sustainable and resilient communities,” especially in vulnerable neighborhoods. After being honored with The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education's 15th annual Henry Meigs Environmental Leadership Award, Jerome will share his insights into building this architecture, the pillars of which are “inclusion, equity, prosperity, trust, and justice.” A panel of experts join Jerome to discuss this new movement, and the group will respond to your questions.

Monday, November 23, 12 PM - 1:15 PM
Advancing Women in Transportation - Philadelphia | Not My Backyard
Nothing derails a project faster than an uprising by a group of angry, vocal, and mobilized neighbors. Building stakeholder consensus is a crucial step in taking a project from planning to construction. Find out how our panel of experts help move the needle from NOT MY BACKYARD to LET'S DO THIS!

Tuesday, December 1, 7:00 PM
SEPTA | King of Prussia Rail Update - Refined Route
Please join Leslie Richards, SEPTA General Manager, and the KOP Rail Project team for a project update webinar announcing the Refined Route, its five proposed stations, and more.

Wednesday, December 9, 9:00 AM
DVRPC | Why are our communities so segregated?
As part of its annual Board Retreat, the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) is pleased to host a public presentation with Richard Rothstein, author of The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America. Rothstein argues with precision and insight how segregation in America—the incessant kind that continues today—is the byproduct of explicit government policies over time at the local, state, and federal level.

Wednesday, December  9, 1:00 - 2:00 PM
Rails to Trails Conservancy | Redefining Safety on Trails
In this webinar, the conservancy will discuss how trail managers can work with their communities to think holistically about ways to ensure trails are inviting, safe and inclusive spaces for all - regardless of race, gender, age or ability. A panel of experts from across the country will share how they promote safety on trails for all through innovative practices in design, engagement and inclusive programming.



Ben Franklin Bridge Eastbound Access Survey

Do you walk, bike, drive, or use transit near the Ben Franklin Bridge in Philadelphia? Do you use the pedestrian bridge, Franklin Square Park, or other nearby amenities? The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) wants to hear from you! 

2020 Indego Bike Share User Survey

This is Indego's 6th annual user survey! By filling out this survey, you are providing valuable feedback to help make Indego better. Please share this survey with your friends and networks, even if they don't use bike share. By completing this survey you'll be automatically entered into a raffle for a chance to win a free $250 gift card of your choice!







NKCDC | Skilled Facilitator or Facilitation Team—We CAN

Request for Proposals for Skilled Facilitator/Facilitation Team to Lead Youth & Community Dialogues regarding Policing in Kensington & Fairhill Neighborhoods

PHDC | RFP for Mill Creek Aspen Street et Al

The PHDC, on behalf of the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority (PRA), is soliciting proposals from developers to acquire and develop one (1) parcel located in the Mill Creek neighborhood for an affordable “Tiny House” Pilot Rental Housing Project for people exiting homelessness in accordance with this Request for Proposals (RFP).

Philadelphia Department of Public Health | Livable Communities Engagement Projects

The Division of Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention/Get Healthy Philly aims to serve as a community bridge, bringing together residents, representatives from local government, and partner organizations to understand and address issues that residents identify as challenges to physical activity and mobility. Eligible entities include community organizations, non-profits, Friends’ groups, advisory councils, and other groups with the ability to contract with the City of Philadelphia directly or through a fiscal sponsor. (Due 11/20)

Economy League of Greater Philadelphia | Well City Challenge

Have an idea for improving millennial health? Submit your idea to the #WellCityChallenge, a social impact initiative supporting community solutions for millennial health. Apply by 11/20 for an opportunity to access mentors and $100K in support.

Jefferson | Masters Program in Urban Design - Future Cities

The Master of Urban Design – Future Cities (MUD) educates the next generation of urban designers, architects and researchers in the development of sustainable, healthy and smart cities and communities.

DRWC | Penn's Landing Cost Estimator RFP

The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation (DRWC) is hereby seeking responses from reputed, qualified and experienced firms for cost estimating for the Penn’s Landing Cap and Civic Space (I-95 Central Access Philadelphia-CAP). (Due 11/30)

DVRPC | Public Participation Task Force Application

The purpose of this application is to help DVRPC create a diverse, engaged body to address regional planning and public participation practices in the nine-county DVRPC region. Share with us your personal experience living in the region and with planning projects; you are an expert of your own community and we want to hear from you! (Due 12/27)

Feet First Philly | New Mini-Grant Program

Philadelphia communities face substantial hurdles when attempting to reinvent public space, especially in communities of color. Feet First Philly is partnering with the Department of Public Health to provide funding for mini-grants to create public space amenities, particularly in underserved communities. (Due 12/15)

Northern Liberties Neighbors Association | Website Redesign - Request for Proposals



Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia | Transportation Community Organizer, Membership & Community Manager, Development Director, Policy Intern, Development Intern

Indego | Technician Supervisor, Lead Expansion Technician, Customer Service Representative, Community Engagement Manager

The 188th District Office of Rep. Rick Krajewski | multiple positions including part-time and full-time roles

Ceisler Media & Issue Advocacy | Digital Associate

Amazon |  Warehouse and Shopper Team Member

Prevention Point Philadelphia | Harm Reduction Specialist

Youth Empowerment for Advancement Hangout (YEAH Inc.) | Youth Advocate/Community Support Specialist

Doin’ Great | Social Media Community Coordinator (11/20)

Action Wellness | Prison Linkage Program Case Manager (Center City), Housing Specialist (North Philadelphia)

Drexel University | Vice President of Real Estate and Facilities

PHDC | Housing Rehabilitation Inspector IIIService Representative IAttorney

Philadelphia Mayor’s Office of Communications | Deputy Communications Director

Equal Measure | President

Spak Group | Building Maintenance Technician / Punchlist Carpenter

The City of Philadelphia | Skilled Trades Trainee, Rebuild

Montgomery County, PA Planning Commission | Principal Transportation Planner

Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) | Associate Director of Meadowbrook Farm, Chief Marketing Officer, Development Services Officer, Human Resources Intern, Marketing & Communications Intern - Spring 2021, Philadelphia LandCare Field Specialist, Tree Specialist

Nikil Saval | State Senate Staff

United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey | Senior Analyst – Data Science

CoStar | Architectural Photographer

The Public Interest Law Center | Executive Director, Staff Attorney

Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) | Procurement and Contracts Specialist

Exact Solar | Experienced Residential Solar Installer

Benefits Data Trust (BDT) seeks an Associate Director of Partnerships

Rebuild - The City of Philadelphia | Community Engagement Director


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