Newsletter: 👓 Putting the Eye in Transit / 🚃 Reimagining RR Event / 🍽️ Make Permanent Outdoor Dining

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 159


THIS WEDNESDAY, October 13, 6:00pm - In Person

⁠Join DesignPhiladelphia for Putting the Eye in Transit: The Research Behind SEPTA’s New Wayfinding System, an in-person panel discussion organized by the Weitzman School.


With support from Penn’s Center for Safe Mobility, SEPTA is redesigning the signage for its Rail Transit network. The goal of the project is to make SEPTA accessible for all users, regardless of ability, language, or level of familiarity.

In this discussion Megan Ryerson and Camille Boggan from Penn’s Center for Safe Mobility, are joined by SEPTA’s Lex Powers, who is directing the wayfinding redesign, and Leslie Richards, SEPTA’s General Manager/Chief Executive Officer, to talk about the project.⁠⠀


THIS TUESDAY, October 12, 6:30pm - Virtual

Join SEPTA for their first Virtual Public Meeting for Reimagining Regional Rail, an important SEPTA Forward initiative to revamp its services.

SEPTA wants Regional Rail to be more useful to more people. To do that, SEPTA needs to hear from everyone: people who currently ride Regional Rail, people who used to ride, and people who have never ridden as well as operators, staff, and stakeholders.

In this phase, SEPTA will build a comprehensive picture of the current state of Regional Rail infrastructure and service, investigate potential ridership, and work with the public to define goals for Regional Rail.


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The city’s rules on expanded outdoor dining, including the structures known as streeteries, are set to expire at the end of the year, and there is a city council bill to make these changes permanent.

The Inquirer captured our support of this bill along with embedding our interactive cafe and streeteries map.

"Our streets are far more valuable as genuine destinations rather than parking spots." said Aaron Bauman, a volunteer with the urbanist political action committee 5th Square.

“The amount of barriers to entry within the old process for right-of-way permits created an inherently inequitable system,” said Katrina Johnston-Zimmerman, a 5th Square volunteer and board member of South Street Headhouse District. “The changes that came out of the pandemic response are exactly what was needed to make Philadelphia’s streets more humane public spaces. These improvements should be retained — and expanded upon — for the future livability of our city.”

Use this email tool by the Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association to Tell the Mayor and Philly Council to Support Sidewalk Cafes & Streeteries!


WURD Radio / 2021 ecoWURD Environmental Justice Summit

Mon, October 11, 2021, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT

Join WURD Radio on Indigenous Peoples Day at Bartram's Garden for our third annual ecoWURD Environmental Justice Summit. Reality Check host Charles Ellison will host panels focused on the climate change crisis and the relationship between violence and the environment, and Zulene Mayfield, founder of Chester Residents Concerned for Quality Living, will be the summit's keynote speaker.

PlanPhilly / Trash Talk: Working toward a clean Philadelphia

Wednesday, October 20, 2021 - 5:30 p.m.

Join PlanPhilly for a virtual panel discussion featuring experts, advocates, residents and more about the root causes of Philadelphia’s trash issues and ways that communities are working together to create a better and cleaner city.

State Rep. Donna Bullock / Pedal for Peace Event

Sunday, October 31, 2021, 10 AM

Twice a year Rep. Bullock partners with amazing business, cycling clubs and community groups to host the Pedal for Peace Community Bike Ride. This year's ride is set for 10/31 and the theme is exploring healing through art. The usual meet up is 33rd and Diamond. The site of a mural titled: Stay Golden.


SEPTA Survey: Reimagining Regional Rail / SEPTA wants to know how we can make regional rail more useful to riders, increasing access and creating a more equitable transportation network that will benefit the entire region.

Transit Forward Philadelphia Bus Rider Survey / Transit Forward Philadelphia needs your help with a short (less than 5 minutes) survey. Survey responses will help make changes to SEPTA’s bus network. At the end of the survey, participants will be entered into a raffle to receive a $50 VISA gift card. Responses are very important to us and will be anonymous. The results of the survey will be shared with the public and SEPTA staff.

SEPTA Forward: Bus Revolution - Tradeoff Activity / Transit agencies like SEPTA have limited resources and they must use them as effectively as possible. This means we must be thoughtful about how we trade-off – or prioritize - different aspects of the current bus system. Below are some questions to help us understand your values so we can use those to drive the Bus Revolution forward.

SEPTA Wayfinding Metro Map / SEPTA is redesigning the wayfinding system for its rail transit network. Meet SEPTA Metro.



The Philadelphia Citizen / How environmental fixes could dramatically cut gun violence in Philly

The Philadelphia Inquirer / Even when the pandemic passes, outdoor dining in Philly should be given a chance to stay | Editorial

The Philadelphia Inquirer / Philadelphia can’t curb the climate crisis without federal support | Opinion



AARP Philadelphia / ADUs in Philadelphia: Flexible, Adaptable, Beneficial

POLITICO / Opinion | Why Democrats Would Be Fools to Slash Biden’s Housing Plan

USAPP / Urban sprawl costs the American economy more than $1 trillion annually. Smart growth policies may be the answer.


City of Philadelphia / Apply for a Philadelphia Activities Fund grant

The Philadelphia Activities Fund, Inc. (the Fund) is a non-profit corporation. It supports people and communities through projects that promote sportsmanship, the arts, and health. The next round of Philadelphia Activities Fund is open and accepting applications now through November 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.


Center City District / Research Associate

City of Philadelphia / Assistant City Treasurer - Cash Management

City of Philadelphia OTIS / Communication Manager

Indego Bike Share System / General Manager

Knight Foundation / Program Evaluation Analyst

Mt. Airy CDC / Executive Director

SEPTA / Manager, Capital Grant Development (7103)

Neighborhood Bike Works / Youth Programs Instructor

Spring Garden Lending / Accounting/Operations

City of Philadelphia / Indego Bike Share Program Manager

The Bicycle Coalition / Coordinator, Youth Cycling Program

East Coast Greenway Alliance / Major Gifts Officer

New Jersey Future / Lead-Free NJ Program Manager

U3 Advisors / Designer

Billy Penn / Reporter

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