☃️ HOLIDAY PARTY INVITATION
You're invited to our fun year-end Holiday Party at 990 Spring Garden on Wednesday, December 22nd at 7 PM, where we'll be holding off our Third Annual Urbanist Awards ceremony!
Come celebrate with other Philadelphia built environment activists, neighborhood and community leaders, architects, planners, builders, and sustainability advocates at the urbanist holiday party of the season!
Complimentary drinks and light fare will be served.
5TH SQUARE IN THE NEWS
🍽️ NEW BILL FORCING STREETERIES TO CLOSE
CBS3 covered how a compromise bill passed by City Council to keep streeteries permanently in Philadelphia carved out large sections of the city where they are no longer legal. 5th Square member Aaron Bauman (wearing our amazing gold shirt!) created a map indicating the nearly 300 businesses that would lose out in this new legislation.
Our city deserves better than this. We deserve a fair and equitable process to permit outdoor dining city-wide that doesn't require political savvy to enact.
5TH SQUARE IN THE NEWS
🏙️ PENN'S LOCUST WALK NEEDS MORE DENSITY
The Daily Pennsylvanian featured 5th Square member Ben She as a guest columnist advocating for reshaping Penn's Locust Walk with more density to rectify past injustices.
It may not be obvious, but the shortage of on-campus space for student organizations and vital resources like Counseling and Psychological Services is the legacy of a mistake Penn committed decades ago. The 20th-century urban renewal era saw the University partner with the City of Philadelphia to expand west and north into majority-minority neighborhoods, with entire neighborhoods condemned and demolished.
🛣️ ACTION: SUPPORT A SAFER WASHINGTON AVE
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.
🍂 HELP US REACH 300 MEMBERS!
Become a 5th Square member TODAY & support a more sustainable, walkable, and bicycle-friendly Philadelphia!
Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia / Holiday Lights Ride 2021
Wednesday, December 15, 2021, 6:00PM - 8:00PM
The Holiday Lights Ride is back as an in-person event! Join us and our friends from the Wednesday Night Rides crew on Dec. 15 for a shivery, twinkly slow roll through South Philly’s holiday magic. This ride is free and open to all levels of bike riders.
Philly BOLT / Community Organizing Strategic Leadership Training
Saturday, December 18th, 12:30 PM
Join Philly BOLT and West Kensington Ministry at this free community organizer training. Become a community leader or enhance existing leadership and organizing skills to bring change.
WHAT WE'RE READING
🌳 PUBLIC SPACE
🏙️ HOUSING & LAND USE
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GRANT & FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
Better Civics / Request for Proposals: Graphic Design Services
Better Civics creates educational toolkits each election, explaining what’s on the ballot and why it matters in an engaging nonpartisan way. Better Civics seeks a graphic designer to design the components of our 2022 Election Toolkit.
DVRPC's Public Participation Task Force is looking for new members! Applications will be open until December 19.
Want to represent your community and engage in the regional planning and decision-making process? Apply to be a member of DVRPC’s Public Participation Task Force (PPTF) today!
The mission of DVRPC's PPTF is to provide access to the planning process, host a welcoming forum to discuss and learn about timely issues, assist the Commission in implementing public outreach strategies, and to empower residents to be a part of the planning process. For more details about the PPTF, visit http://www.dvrpc.org/Committees/PPTF/.
Applications for the 2022 cohort will be open through December 19th, 2021. The application is online here: http://www.dvrpc.org/GetInvolved/PPTFApplication/.
The City officially opened the application process for the first Environmental Justice Advisory Commission. The commission will provide recommendations to the Mayor, City Council, and Office of Sustainability for how to study and address environmental justice issues in Philadelphia. Ends 12/22
Robert Schalkenbach Foundation / Progress of Ideas Scholarship
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