Newsletter: 📛 November Meetup in W. Philly / 🚮 Can Volunteers Replace Street Cleaning? / 🚌 Bus Revolution Tradeoff Survey

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 161


Join 5th Square organizers and volunteers for an informal, in-person meet-up in West Philly at 42nd & Pine. This is an indoor/outdoor, family-friendly event where we will provide updates on our recent campaigns and talk about what's in store as we start to wrap up 2021.

These meet-ups are casual social gatherings, and are intended as a fun way for new and existing supporters to connect with other people involved with 5th Square and urbanist issues in Philadelphia, either professionally or in a volunteer/activist capacity, and learn more about what our all-volunteer organization is up to. If you've been meaning to check out one of our events or meetings but haven't made it out yet, this will be a good first one to come to. And please bring a friend or two!


Should Philly mandate an annual cash infusion to the Housing Trust Fund?

Vote YES on ballot question 4 to guarantee funding for affordable housing. If this was in already in effect, an additional $25 million in taxpayer dollars would have gone to affordable housing this year.

Emma Lee / WHYY

Read more about this measure in Billy Penn.

Find the full Billy Penn procrastinator’s guide to the November 2021 election here.


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WHYY's Meir Rinde covers what volunteers are doing about the persistent trash problem that affects neighborhoods across the city. The article depicts the herculean efforts of Matthew George and his program, I Love Thy Hood, which distributes trash cans across the City.

Emma Lee / WHYY

It also quotes 5th Square member David Brindley as he expresses his dismay on how volunteers alone cannot solve our litter problem without the City doing it's part.

"I could no longer speak at neighborhood association meetings and implore citizens to ‘do our part’ while the city government did not,” Brindley said. “A beautiful, walkable city like Philadelphia needs trash cans and sweeping on every block as a core function of government. Instead, they seem to rely solely on volunteer labor. Our small initiative demonstrated that our citizens are awesome, but they are no substitute for government."


SEPTA is preparing to redesign its bus network and wants to hear from riders! Take a minute to fill out their bus tradeoff survey, and say:

  • YES to faster service
  • YES to dedicated bus lanes
  • YES to higher frequencies

Plus, you’ll have a chance to win one of 10 $25 Visa gift cards!


APA PA / Webinar Wednesday: Transit Supportive Community Development

Wedneday, November 3, 2021, 12:00pm - 1:15 PM

Frequent, all-day transit service is only one piece of the puzzle in creating a seamless, total lifestyle transit network, which is a key goal set in SEPTA Forward, the Authority’s Strategic Plan. We also need to ensure that development near stations and along frequent transit corridors supports ridership.

To do so, SEPTA is launching a comprehensive Transit Supportive Community Development program to promote equitable, mixed-use development that improves safety, ensures environmental justice and sustainability, and creates a seamless network of multimodal transportation options, among other critical goals. This program will support SEPTA’s efforts to implement our Strategic Plan and aligns with the Authority’s vision of transit at the core of our region.

Join us for a panel discussion on Wednesday November 3rd at noon to learn more about SEPTA’s new initiative and hear from transit-oriented development practitioners from Pennsylvania and a special guest from the San Francisco region on best practices.


Stand Up! Against Street Harassment with Hollaback! and The eQuality Project

Wedneday, November 3, 2021, 2:00pm

Calling all SEPTA riders -- after the recent horrific events on the Market-Frankford Line, please sign up for this virtual bystander intervention training which will teach riders 5 strategies for interrupting harassment and assault in public spaces.

Wednesday Night Rides / South Philly

Wedneday, November 3, 2021, 7:00pm

Philly social bike rides, Wednesday nights, every two weeks. Last ride before DST ends! Cross the Schuylkill twice! Ride Devil's Pocket & Girard Estates.

Thursday, November 4, 2021, 5:30 p.m.

Join PlanPhilly for a virtual panel discussion featuring local restaurateurs, policymakers and accessibility advocates about the future of street dining.


The Park at Penn's Landing Survey / The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation is excited to learn more from the Philadelphia community about what they would like to experience at the new Park at Penn's Landing. To offer feedback, please fill out the survey below.

2021 Indego User Survey / Our annual user survey is live and we want to hear from you! Not an Indego Passholder? No problem! This survey is open to everyone. Don't miss the chance to submit your feedback before 10/28 and be entered to win a $250 Visa gift card

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 Survey / 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.



WHYY / Sanitation Solutions: When the city let them down, Philly rose up — with orange trash cans

WHYY / Opinion: What streeteries can teach us about reclaiming public space for people

The Philadelphia Inquirer / Before making Philly streeteries permanent, focus on design, safety, enforcement. Then add magic.


Axios / What's driving the dip in Philadelphia's affordable housing

Spotlight PA / Why $1 billion in rent relief isn’t keeping some Pa. tenants safe from eviction

Billy Penn / Philadelphia's eviction diversion program is a national model -- let it continue


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.

West Philadelphia Skills Initiative - Patient Services Associate Application

Recruitment is now open across Philadelphia for training & job opportunities as Patient Services Associates at @PennMedicine. We’re seeking compassionate, patient-focused, & computer-proficient individuals w/ experience in customer service: Deadline is Friday, November 12 at 5pm.


The University of Pennsylvania / Sustainability Coordinator

The Philadelphia Department of Planning and Development / Project Coordinator

University of Pennsylvania: Weitzman School of Design / Project Coordinator / Research Associate

Morris Arboretum / Urban Forestry Fellow

Re:Vision Architecture / part-time Office Manager

Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson / Architect

Philadelphia Eagles / Community Relations Coordinator

SEPTA / Director, Worker's Comp & FELA (7331)

Temple University / Assistant Energy Manager

City of Philadelphia - The Health and Human Services Cabinet / Municipal Court Liaison

Southwest CDC / Project Coordinator, Housing Counselor, Assistant Group Supervisor at the After School Program, Group Leader at the After School Program

Public Interest Law Center / Development Associate, Temporary Part-Time Communications Associate

BBG, INC / Commercial Real Estate Analyst

Bread & Roses Community Fund / Facilitator, Communications & Events Coordinator

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