Weekly Newsletter, Issue 142

Newsletter: 🚋 We Deserve Modern Trolley Service | 🚶 Demand Better Sidewalks | 🏙️ Philly Needs More Housing

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 142


Our Trolley Mod Petition has garnered over 500 signatures in a week! We need to show our local congressional reps overwhelming community support for this most important transit project.

Join us in demanding reliable, accessible, and frequent trolley service.

Sign our petition and share it with the tag #FundTrolleyMod


It's time to fix Philly's crumbling sidewalks.

We are joining with Feet First Philly in calling on Philadelphia City Council and Mayor Kenney to allocate $500,000 to begin to address the more than 230 miles of sidewalks in poor condition.

Take Action and Ask Council and the Mayor to fund sidewalk repairs.


Join us as a member today to advance better public space, transportation, and housing policies, for a more accessible, sustainable, and equitable city.

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On WHYY's PlanPhilly, 5th Square Organizers Ben She and Chi-Hyun Kim argue that the zoning reform bills just passed by City Council could harm affordable housing and entrench Councilmanic prerogative though its Council district carveouts.

"Our elected officials must recognize that abundant housing is fundamental to a healthy and thriving city, not a nuisance to be mitigated, delayed, or blocked."

(The Stafford Group/ Gnome Architecture)

The article was also re-broadcasted in a post by Planetizen, amplifying this important issue to housing advocates nationwide!


Prioritize transit, biking and walking in the PA Transportation Survey!

  • Give 5 Stars to Bicycling, Walking, Transit & Passenger Rail.
  • Allocate budget for "Ride More, Drive Less" and "Bicycling/Walking"


Wednesday, April 7, 5:30 PM
Fairmount Park Conservancy | FDR Park Open House
What’s happening in FDR Park in 2021? Join FPC for a Virtual Open House to learn about the improvement projects, programs, and volunteer events planned for the coming year.

Tuesday, April 13, 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM EDT
DVSGA | Andre Perry on Race and Land Use
The Delaware Valley Smart Growth Alliance is hosting Andre Perry of the Brookings Institution about the intersection of race and land use in our region and how smart growth can respond to a long overdue call to action on considering the role of race in regional growth patterns.



The Philadelphia Inquirer | Upper Darby mayor is pursuing an ambitious agenda to make the town cleaner, greener, and more walkable | Inga Saffron

Streetsblog USA | How to Accelerate Parking Reform in U.S. Cities

PhillyVoice | Traffic circle, apartment building planned for dangerous Fishtown intersection

nextcity.org | The Freeway Revolt Returns, This Time Over Widening




Volunteer with 5th Square


SOSNA Safe Pathways to our Schools project - SOSNA and Mural Arts Philadelphia are working on a series of street murals to improve traffic safety near E.M. Stanton and Chester Arthur Elementary Schools as part of our Safe Pathways to our Schools project! To inspire our artist, we need help gathering images and stories from our neighbors. These images will help the artist come up with colorful graphics. Send us your hippest, coolest, most awesome graphics and colors to inspire the artist working on our street mural. Due 3/28

Philly Spring Cleanup on Saturday, April 10th. Volunteers can register for a cleanup project right now at PhillySpringCleanup.com. If you would like to submit a project for this year's event but haven't gotten around to it yet, please do so before the Monday, March 29th deadline.

Apply for the Housing Solutions Collaborative. ChangeLab Solutions is accepting applications for the Housing Solutions Collaborative ― a learning collective for cross-sector community teams that will offer peer support, technical assistance, and a stipend to help teams in eight cities advance legal and policy solutions to the growing housing crisis. Due 4/9

Nominate a leader for NLC's 2022 Institute - For over a decade, New Leaders Council has provided leadership development to an emerging generation of leaders. With 9,000 alumni in 50 communities and states throughout the country, NLC intentionally recruits local leaders across identity, issue, and industry. Do you know a leader in your community that would benefit from NLC's leadership development training? Nominate them today!

2020 Latinos and Planning Division Student Scholarship - The purpose of the LAP scholarship program is to foster increased interest in the study of urban planning within the Latinx student population at the advanced undergraduate and graduate levels. The program is open to third and fourth year undergraduate students and first and second year masters degree students. One scholarship of $500 will be awarded to be used for fees, books, or academic materials. Due 5/31

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)


East Coast Greenway | Content Specialist

Delaware Nature Society | Youth Development Coordinator

Temple University Small Business Development Center | SBDC Start-Up Business Consultant

Port Authority | Intern, Transit-Oriented Communities group

Edward Welch | PA Real Estate Appraiser Apprenticeship (Trainee)

Cambodian Association of Greater Philadelphia (CAGP) | Cambodian Community Access Advocate, Lao Community Access Advocate

CIC | Assistant Director of Sales & Relationship Management

Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia | Build Site Supervisor

JMT | Architect/Project Manager

Rutgers University - Camden | Senior Researcher

Philly East Falls Development Corporation | Executive Director

Impact100 Philadelphia | Executive Director

The Community Preservation Corporation | Asset Manager (Multi-family lending)

Local Initiatives Support Corporation | Assistant Program Officer - Resource Development - Idealist

SEPTA | Senior Operations Administrator

City Parks Alliance | Senior Membership Manager

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