Newsletter: ๐Ÿ“› Meetup this Thursday in W. Philly / ๐Ÿ›ฃ๏ธ Support a Safer Washington Ave / ๐ŸšŒ Better Buses Canvassing / ๐Ÿ’ Remembrance Event

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 162


Join 5th Square organizers and volunteers for an informal, in-person meet-up in West Philly this Thursday at 6 PM. 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!


Demand a safer Washington Avenue. Sign the petition written and sponsored by a growing number of South Philadelphia Community Organizations urging the City to proceed with safety improvements.

We support the responses from the community living in the area, who have already voiced overwhelming support for the proposal.

This is a social justice issue, given that both nationwide and here in Philly, older adults, people of color, and people walking in low-income communities are disproportionately represented in fatal crashes involving people walking.


Volunteer with 5th Square and Transit Forward Philadelphia as we survey bus riders as part of our Better Buses campaign.

All volunteers will receive a FREE 5th Square Sweatshirt!

THIS FRIDAY: Join us in South Philly at Whitman Plaza, 11/19, 2-6 PM.

ON SUNDAY: Join us in West Philly at 50th & Parkside Loop, Behind the Lowe's, 11/21, 2-6 PM.


Join the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia and Family For Safes Streets of Greater Philadelphia and others as we demand an end to traffic violence.

On Sunday, November 21, we will be honoring those lost to traffic violence over the past year -- pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers. Join Families for Safe Streets for the 2021 World Day of Remembrance at Cobbs Creek.

This event will begin at the Cobbs Creek Recreation Center. This demonstration will start at 11:00 am and will involve a half-mile walk, bike, and any other modes of active transportation down to the Cobbs Creek Community Environmental Center where we will have guest speakers and families who have been affected by this issue, address Vision Zero PHL initiatives and share their stories about their loved one(s).


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American Planning Association / Cycling for Sustainable Cities

Monday, Nov 15, 2021 12:00 PM

This presentation explores how to make city cycling safe, practical, and convenient for a broad spectrum of ages, genders, and abilities. Buehler and Pucher discuss the latest cycling trends and policies around the world and consider specific aspects of cycling


Philly Tree Plan - Draft Plan Feedback / Share your feedback on the Philly Tree Plan! A draft of the plan is now available for public comment until Wednesday, December 1, 2021.

City of Philadelphia - Department of Streets Complete Streets Delivery Program Survey / OTIS is updating its street design guides. What would you like to see in included in future versions of our Complete Streets Handbook, Traffic Engineering Standards, and Streets Right of Way Standards?

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.

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 SEPTAโ€™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 โ€“ 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 / Bidenโ€™s infrastructure bill poised to reconnect Philly neighborhoods split by highways

WHYY / Streeteries moving toward permanence in some Philly neighborhoods

The Philadelphia Inquirer / Outdoor dining could become permanent in Philly โ€” but only in certain areas

WHYY / Opinion: Why is the National Parks Service doing a fossil fuel project in Philly?

The Philadelphia Inquirer / Pennโ€™s new hospital belatedly recognizes pedestrian space is a public health issue | Inga Saffron

WHYY / Philly chooses design firm to โ€˜reimagineโ€™ Ben Franklin Parkway

The Philadelphia Inquirer / Our block was one of 458 denied a block party by Philly police. Until we fought back. | Opinion


The Philadelphia Inquirer / Philly needs more affordable housing, not cumbersome changes to zoning rules | Editorial

WHYY / 1,700 units of housing are set to vanish in the next 5 years. Thereโ€™s little Philly officials can do.

WHYY / City Council wants to help neighborhoods challenge developers in court

The New York Times / Blue States, Youโ€™re the Problem


National Safety Council / 2022 Road to Zero Community Traffic Safety Grants

The focus of the Road to Zero Grant Program is on innovative and promising approaches for implementing evidence-based countermeasures, supporting a Safe System Approach, and performing necessary research to address traffic fatalities and improve traffic safety. Ends 1/7/22

League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania / Policy & Communications Fellowship - Starting January 2022

The Policy and Communications fellowship is ideal for a Masterโ€™s level (or exceptional undergraduate) student with a passion for state government and policy advocacy. Through this experience, a fellow will hone their writing and communications skills and be able to communicate important policy information to the public and members of the League across the state. Ends 12/1/21

DVRPC's Public Participation Task Force is looking for new members! Applications will be open until December 19.


Northeast Corridor Commission / Director, Program Implementation

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP / Community Engagement Assistant

Saxbys / Executive & Impact Communications Manager

Delaware County, PA / Director of Planning

The Nowak Metro Finance Lab at the Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation at Drexel University / Research Officer

Green Philly / Sponsorship and Advertising Manager

Kensington Corridor Trust / Community Organizer

WHYY / Director of Donor Relations

PennPAC - Penn Probono Alumni Consulting / Deputy Director Position

Asian Arts Initiative / Director of Development

Centennial Parkside Community Development Corporation / Equitable Development Project Manager

City of Philadelphia - Office of Emergency Management / Infrastructure Program Manager, Emergency Management Liaison Officer Group Lead, Emergency Management Liaison Officer, Regional Integration Center Coordinator

Delta Phi Epsilon / Senior Director of Housing and Facilities

Urban Affairs Coalition / Partner Experience Team Leader

The University of Pennsylvania / Sustainability Coordinator

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

The Philadelphia Department of Planning and Development / Project Coordinator

Philadelphia Climate Works / Senior Program Coordinator

Morris Arboretum / Urban Forestry Fellow

Re:Vision Architecture / part-time Office Manager, Project Manager - Consulting

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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