Join the Center for Property Tax Reform for a FREE webinar in partnership with 5th Square to discuss Land Value Tax in the city of Philadelphia.
COVID-19 has impacted everyone from all corners of the globe. However, Philadelphia – already struggling with issues ranging from gentrification, to blight, to regressive taxation – has been dealt a serious blow to its economy and tax base due to the pandemic. Can a simple reimagining of one of the City’s most familiar taxes make a difference to help keep long-time residents in their homes, encourage private investment, and shore up the city's tax base in the time of social distancing and beyond?
🚇 READ OUR STATEMENT ON PHILADELPHIA'S NEW TRANSIT PLAN
Today the City of Philadelphia released its Transit Plan which details a vision for our region’s transit system going forward to 2045.
We at 5th Square are thrilled to see the City come out with such progressive goals and solid ideas to improve our region’s transit system.
Transit is an investment in our future, and this plan is the answer our region needs as we begin to solve our problems with equity, congestion, and climate change.
🚲 PETITION FOR A SAFER SPRING GARDEN STREET
The City of Philadelphia has completed their robust public engagement for the Spring Garden Street Improvement Project, and an overwhelming 89 percent of respondents favored curbside protected bike lanes.
But the visionary plans for Spring Garden Street will remain on the shelf unless the City advances the planning and design forward. So the Circuit Trails Philadelphia Action Team made a petition to urge the City to seek federal funding for the remaining design and construction needs of the Spring Garden Street Greenway.
🚧 TIME TO REIMAGINE MLK DRIVE
It's been nearly a year since the City closed MLK drive to cars and opened it to pedestrians and people on bicycles. Since then, MLK Drive has become one of the most-used outdoor spaces in the city. Going back to "normal" should not be an option.
Check out the Randy Lobasso of the Bicycle Coalition's editorial in the Philadelphia Inquirer and Storymap outlining what the future for this roadway needs to look like: priority for people and mass transit!
Then, sign the petition telling Mayor Kenney to prioritize people for MLK drive.
PHILLY'S BUDGET PRIORITIES SURVEY
On April 15, 2021, Mayor Kenney will propose a budget to City Council for the coming fiscal year which starts July 1, 2021. Before the City finishes drafting the budget, it wants to hear from you for where it should focus its spending by Sunday, February 28, 2021.
- Philadelphia Budget – Priorities and Preferences
- Presupuesto de Filadelfia - Prioridades y Preferencias
- Ngân sách Philadelphia – Ưu tiên và Ưu đãi
- 费城预算 - 优先事项和偏好
WHAT WE'RE READING
🌳 PUBLIC SPACE & ENVIRONMENT
🏙️ HOUSING & LAND USE
GRANT, PROJECT, & EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES
The PIDC-D’Alessio Scholarship Fund supports graduate students at Philadelphia schools seeking to pursue a career in urban development and finance (Due 3/31)
Philly Transit Riders Union | Full-Time Organizer
Looney Ricks Kiss | Architectural Designer 1 / Entry Level Philadelphia
Riverfront North Partnership | Stewardship Manager
ACHIEVEability | 60th St. Small Business Manager
DBi Services, LLC | Senior Project Operations Manager
Go Green Initiative | Program Manager, Student Initiatives
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