Newsletter: 🀝 Meet-Up Tomorrow! / πŸ›€οΈ Regional Rail Revamp / πŸ“š Our Transit Book Launch

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 158

🀝 MEET-UP TOMORROW!

Due to the rain, our outdoor meetup has moved to tomorrow evening.

5th Square September Meet-Up // Tuesday, Sep 28, 2021 - 6 PM

We will provide updates on our recent campaigns and meet some candidates running for office in 2022. -- Outdoor seating, Open to all ages.


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5TH SQUARE IN THE NEWS
πŸ›€οΈ REGIONAL RAIL REVAMP

BIG NEWS for our campaign to reform SEPTA's Regional Rail system!

For years, we have been calling on SEPTA to expand its rapid transit service by simply running its commuter rail lines more frequently and matching its fares with subways and buses. The current commuter rail line structure caters largely to professional-class suburban commuters, while ignoring those who rely on transit within the city.

We are thrilled to hear the news that SEPTA has officially launched their Reimagining Regional Rail Initiative, starting with a survey, to explore these exact changes.

The Philadelphia Inquirer got our reaction to this new development:

Regional Rail service today is too infrequent and expensive to serve the needs of many riders throughout the city and region... We strongly support any moves to make it more of a walk-up service like the bus or subway.

This is one of our core advocacy issue and we will be discussing this development at both of our in-person events these upcoming weeks.

You can also register for SEPTA's kick-off virtual meeting

Advocacy through signing our petition, making phone calls, sending emails, speaking with the press, and providing testimony at SEPTA meetings has made a difference!

We are looking for folks to join us in testifying at SEPTA's board meeting on Thursday to keep pushing SEPTA in the right direction.

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


πŸ“š BOOK LAUNCH EVENT - TRAINS, BUSES, PEOPLE

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


WHAT WE'RE READING

🌳 PUBLIC SPACE

The Philadelphia Inquirer / Philly’s failure to improve conditions for intercity bus riders is an equity issue | Inga Saffron

Slate Magazine / The Liberation of Paris From Cars Is Working

🚴 MOBILITY

πŸ™οΈ HOUSING & LAND USE

WHYY / Philly Council President moves to limit affordable housing zoning bonus in his district


GRANT, PROJECT, & EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Clean Air Council is holding 4 days of trail counts over the next 2 weeks. Please fill out and share this google form.

  • Each trail count shift is 2 hours
  • 2 weekday's (week of Sept 27th & week of Sept 4th)
    • Two shifts 7:30-9am & 4:30-6pm
  • Saturday's (Oct 2nd & Oct 9th)
    • Two shifts 8-10am 12-2pm

SOSNA - South of South Neighborhood Association - board nominations happening now through October 1 to fill 6 open positions. Due 10/1.

furmancenter.org / 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.


JOB OPPORTUNITIES

Office of Councilmember Jamie R. Gauthier / Constituent Services Representative

Sierra Club / Philadelphia Climate Works - Senior Program Coordinator

City of Philadelphia / Program Manager, Corridor Improvements

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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  • Will Tung
    published this page in News 2021-09-28 14:34:42 -0400