Newsletter: You Are Invited! ❄️Annual Holiday Party + Urbanist Awards | 🦺 Spring Garden Street Needs Your Input | 🌇 Help Steer Philly's New Comprehensive Plan

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 131


Join 5th Square for our year-end Holiday Party over Zoom on Thursday, December 17th at 6:00 PM and our second annual Urbanist Awards ceremony!

5th Square will also be presenting awards to members of our community for their outstanding contributions to Philadelphia’s urbanist movement in 2020.

We'll also be announcing the winners of our annual Urbanist Awards at this year's party. Nominate your favorite person here!

🚍 Urbanist Changemaker of the Year
🛴 City Staffer of the Year
🚲 Neighborhood RCO Champion
🏙️ Best Development of the Year
🚇 Urbanist Media Champion
💩 NIMBY Anti-Hero

While the party is free, we will be raffling off the following items to lucky ticket holders!

🎫 Raffle Tickets are $10 each -or- three for $20 and can be purchased at the event page.



After over a decade of planning, engagement, studies and designs -- The City of Philadelphia is getting the ball rolling again on long-overdue safety improvements to Spring Garden Street, river to river.

The Spring Garden Street Improvement Project is moving from the ideas phase into the engineering phase.

The City is holding a public open house that ends December 30th, 2020, with multiple ways to provide input:

  1. An interactive map to share your experience
  2. An online survey asking where bicycle lanes should be located
  3. A virtual 'coffee hour' on Thursday, December 10th at 5 PM

For the survey, we agree with our partners at the Bicycle Coalition and ask that you “like” Option 1 featuring a parking-protected bike lane and dislike the other options (a median bike lane and a standard bike lane, respectively).



Are you interested in being part of a new initiative to lend your voice to city government decision-making?

The Philadelphia City Planning Commission maintains and updates the city’s comprehensive plan. As the Commission begins the next comprehensive planning process, one of the first steps is beginning a 12-18-month-long process of community engagement.

The Commission is seeking 10-15 members of the public who will join members appointed from various city Advisory Commissions for the Re-Imagine Philadelphia Steering Committee, made up of about 40 people.

Who should apply: Any Philadelphia resident interested in creating processes for how our City Government interacts more authentically with residents

Accepted participants will receive a small stipend and be expected to participate in 12 meetings (2 hours each) to be held between December 2020 and Spring 2022.

Applications are due December 15, 2020.




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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Tuesday, December 8, 6:00 PM
Circuit Trails | Philadelphia County Action Team Evening Meetup
The Spring Garden Street Greenway has been in the planning stages for at least a decade and is a critical link between the Delaware and Schuylkill River Trails in addition to being the selected alignment of the East Coast Greenway. The City of Philadelphia has initiated a public engagement process during the month of December. Attend this Zoom meeting to become more familiar with the details of the project and how you can take action.

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.

Wednesday, December 9, 8 PM
GCCA | Racism, Zoning, and Segregation
Garden Court Civic is excited have a thought-provoking and timely online presentation by one of their committee members on the intersection of racism, zoning, and segregation. 

Thursday, December 10, 5 - 6 PM
Spring Garden St Improvement Project | Virtual Coffee Hour
The project team is hosting two virtual live coffee hours for the Spring Garden Street Improvement Project. The coffee hours provide an opportunity for the public to interact directly with the project team.

Thursday, December 17, 9:30 AM - 5:45 PM
Philly Forward Forum | Celebrating Our Spirit, Investing in our Potential, Transforming Our Future!
The Philly Forward Forum will uncover a plethora of investment opportunities inside of “seen but unknown” Philadelphia communities. Local change-agents will inspire, inform, and motivate investors to disrupt intergenerational poverty, dismantle systemic racism and move Philadelphia forward as One City by aligning public, philanthropic, and private capital sources. 



Visioning 46th & Market - West Philly Survey

Join your neighbors in providing insights to ensure equitable and sustainable impact for your community. Together, we’d like to make a Letter to Future Investors in the 46th & Market area to share your views. Make your voice heard!

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! 






The Philadelphia Inquirer | Philly’s Eviction Diversion Program shows some early success

The Philadelphia Inquirer | Gov. Wolf pushes for plan to help Pa. communities struggling with climate change impacts like flooding

The Philadelphia Inquirer | Controversial tax abatement bill pits Philly building trades unions against concerns for immigrant workers

The Philadelphia Inquirer | Philadelphia has an affordable-housing crisis. Biden’s platform has a simple, but radical, solution.



⭐ Transit Forward Philly | SEPTA Bus Rider Survey RFP ⭐

Transit Forward Philadelphia (TFP) is seeking proposals from qualified consultants to provide consulting services in support of the development of a bus rider survey to understand the transportation needs and challenges, tolerance for change, and travel patterns of Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) bus riders and residents of Greater Philadelphia.

Call to Artists/Request for Qualifications - Penn’s Landing Park/I-95 Cap

The City of Philadelphia’s Percent for Art Program, through the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy (OACCE), announces a two-stage selection process by which we will award and commission a site-specific artwork on the new 11.5-acre park at Penn’s Landing. Submissions are due January 4, 2021.

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).

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.

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



SEPTA | Manager of Planning Programs, within Strategic Planning & Analysis Department

SEPTA's Virtual Skilled Trades Job Fair

- Tuesday, December 8th from 12 noon to 1:30 PM
- Thursday, December 10th from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM

The University of Pennsylvania | Senior Research Implementation Lead

DVRPC | Data Specialist

PHDC | Development Specialist, Housing Development Officer, Housing Rehabilitation Inspector III

Indego | Technician Supervisor, Expansion Technician

Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia | Regional Economist or Senior Economist

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


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