Newsletter: 🍻 Meet-Up This Thursday / 🗺️ Help SEPTA Wayfinding / 📚 Our Transit Book Launch

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 157


We will provide updates on our recent campaigns... and try our best to avoid the temptation to do a backflip into the Schuylkill River. Outdoor seating, Open to all ages.


We are looking for folks to join us in testifying at SEPTA's next board meeting in favor of the new Wayfinding Master Plan and also comment on a slew of other transit issues.

RSVP and we will loop you in on a group email to give you talking points and tips!

SEPTA has had a long-standing and deserved reputation for being difficult to navigate for first-time riders, and this new plan will go a long way to solving that problem. Riding SEPTA shouldn’t be a secret held only by long-time Philadelphians — it needs to be as easy to use as possible.

You can also leave feedback by using their interactive map to comment under "Sample Station Renderings"

Or by emailing [email protected], by tweeting @SEPTAphilly, or by leaving a voicemail at (888) 281-1999.


Join 5th Square, South Street Head House District and Transit Forward Philadelphia in welcoming Christof Spieler author of Trains, Buses, People.

Monday, October 4th at 6 PM

South Street Head House District, 523 S 4th St

This book is intended for non-experts. Anyone with a vested interest in making a more effective transit system can use the tools provided in this book.

Light food and drinks will be provided. This is a Vax only event for ages 12+ and children under 12 will be expected to wear a mask.


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WHYY / Remembering Ken Steif, an urban planner who used data to make cities more just

The Philadelphia Inquirer / These Philadelphia restaurants have the most beautiful streeteries



WHYY / Philly Council President moves to limit affordable housing zoning bonus in his district / The Look of Gentrification

WHYY / Council President Darrell Clarke to introduce overhaul of Philly Zoning Board / Study: Market-Rate Development Filters Into Naturally Occurring Affordable Housing


SOSNA - South of South Neighborhood Association - board nominations happening now through October 1 to fill 6 open positions. Due 10/1. / Call for Papers
The NYU Furman Center and Pew Charitable Trusts are seeking proposals for a series of papers studying the effects of changes to land use law. Projects that are selected will receive editorial support from the NYU Furman Center, funds for necessary research support, and publication as part of this series. After publication, projects will receive further support from the Pew Charitable Trusts to help disseminate key findings in clear and accessible formats, from shorter policy briefs to animated videos, with the intent of providing policymakers more clarity on the land use tools at their disposal.

Feet First Philly - Public Space Enhancement Mini-Grant We are launching the second round of our public space enhancement mini-grant program. Community groups, businesses, and individuals are encouraged to download our RFP and apply. Grants range from $500 to $2000. Apply NOW - Nov 8th.

Young Professionals in Transportation - Philadelphia 2022 Board Member Application

Kensington Corridor Trust


Pew / Associate I, Philadelphia Research and Policy Initiative

Michael Baker International / Project Manager - Planning

Benefits Data Trust / Senior Policy Manager

Atkin Okshin Schade Architects / Project Manager

Chester County / Planner II - Community Planner

Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia / Executive Director

DAVID RUBIN Land Collective / Planner/Urban Designer

Economy League of Greater Philadelphia / Workforce Development Fellow

Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia / Seasonal Weekend Bike Ride Support

City of Philadelphia / Program Manager, Corridor Improvements

Hersha Hospitality Trust / Analyst, Sustainability

U3 Advisors / Designer

Philadelphia Energy Authority / Program Manager, Residential Programs

Greater Greater Washington / Research Assistant (Contractor, remote)

The Wharton Social Impact Initiative (WSII) / Impact Finance Database Research Associate

AARP / Associate State Director, Communications

Vetri Community Partnership / Marketing Manager

The Philadelphia Inquirer / Community Engagement Manager

Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania / Government Relations and Advocacy Manager, Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania VISTA Corps

City of Philadelphia / Indego Bike Share Program Manager

Fairmount Ventures / Project Manager

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