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Weekly Newsletter, Issue 165


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WHYY's PlanPhilly featured an op-ed by 5th Square member Will Tung who wrote against the inclusion of a parking lot over 70 affordable homes in a development proposed for his West Philadelphia neighborhood.

The 70 affordable homes lost here is the same number of homes at the University City Townhomes threatened for demolition. The community has rightly battled to preserve these existing units. But at 5000 Warrington, these were erased without protest.

Kimberly Paynter/WHYY

City zoning determines so much of our built environment, and elected government officials who control the zoning process need to consider the future harm caused by trading affordable homes for a parking lot. We can build a better, more sustainable future, as long as we prioritize people over parking.


Feet First Philly supports using city funds to repair sidewalks the same way the city repairs streets. It’s time pedestrian infrastructure was funded the same way we fund streets, so we want to see your pics of streets where the road is new, but the sidewalk is old. Feet First Philly is collecting them and will reshare them on social media to draw awareness to this safety issue.

Send your pictures to [email protected] or tag @FeetFirstPhilly on social media with the location.


Out of an abundance of caution, we are rescheduling our holiday party for the last week of January. We are evaluating venues with both outdoor and indoor space. Please stay tuned!


New Jersey Trails Action Network / Happy Trails: From Vision to Implementation

Thu, January 13, 2022, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM EST

Join leaders of the NJ Trails Action Network and invited guests to learn more about plans to accelerate the process of planning, engineering, funding and constructing ambitious networks of trails for all purposes. With the arrival of expanded federal transportation funding, it’s time to think big in setting the stage for a new era in trails development. Share your vision for trail networks in the state and be a part of NJTAN as we develop a vision to connect existing trails and build new ones across New Jersey!


DVRPC - Vision Zero: Cecil B. Moore: The public input period for the Cecil B. Moore Vision Zero project is OPEN NOW to January 2022. Complete the survey and provide feedback on this important VisionZero project.



PhillyVoice / Philly's 'Cone Rangers' organize online to remove cones from illegally saved parking spots / 10 Ways Cities Came Back in 2021

Wired / The US Is Gently Discouraging States From Building New Highways


The Philadelphia Inquirer / Philadelphia landlords filed fewer than half the usual number of evictions after the federal moratorium ended

WHYY / Philly Council passes ZBA overhaul, giving itself more influence over development

The Philadelphia Inquirer / It’s no easier for Black Philadelphians to become homeowners now than it was 30 years ago

Slate Magazine / A Surprising Theory of What’s Wrong With American Apartment Buildings

The Philadelphia Inquirer / Rents are expected to grow faster than home prices in 2022

The New York Times / The A.D.U. Experiment



City of Philadelphia / City Opens Request for Information for Vehicular Access Management on MLK Drive | Department of Streets

The City’s Office of Transportation, Infrastructure, and Sustainability (OTIS) today issued a Request for Information (“RFI”) to gather information regarding best practices and trends in managing the public’s access to streets and to explore potential opportunities to advance the City’s efforts in managing access to a variety of street types.

Community Design Collaborative / Literacy Rich Neighborhoods - Request For Proposals

The Community Design Collaborative has received funding from the William Penn Foundation to support four community organizations in the development of conceptual designs for the Literacy-Rich Neighborhoods Initiative: Indochinese American Council, Mt. Airy CDC, Puentes de Salud, and the Village of Arts and Humanities. The EXTENDED deadline to apply is January 10th, 2022:

Robert Schalkenbach Foundation / Progress of Ideas Scholarship

The Robert Schalkenbach Foundation (RSF) was founded in 1925 with the mission to promote the ideas of 19th century social reformer, Henry George. RSF’s Progress of Ideas Scholarship program echoes that original organizational charge in its focus on economic equity and social justice, and its drive to discern and challenge the drivers of inequality in our systems of governance and taxation.

The scholarship supports the cost of attendance for students in fields of study related to the organization’s mission. We are seeking recipients whose lived experiences have engendered in them a commitment to social justice and a drive to make the world a better place for all people. Due 1/31/22

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


Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia / Policy Director

City of Philadelphia / Now hiring crossing guards: part-time job with benefits

Maas Building / Manager & Events Coordinator

Lehigh Valley Planning Comm / Director of Regional Planning, Program Associate for Community Engagement in Allentown

Allan Domb Real Estate / Executive Personal Assistant

Bread & Roses Community Fund / Development Coordinator, Program Coordinator

Oonee / Communications and Planning Associate

Philadelphia Outward Bound School / DIRECTOR OF FINANCE & ADMINISTRATION

Open Plans, New York City / Policy Associate

Amtrak / Sr Govt Affairs Specialist

City of Philadelphia - Office of Innovation & Technology / Smart City Coordinator

City of Philadelphia - PHL Service Design Studio / Visual design fellow

Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania / Jobs and Internships

Loftiwater / Assistant to Founder CEO

Naked Philly / full-time Blogger

The Working Families Party / Philadelphia Apprentice Organizer

Natural Lands / Landscape Planning Designer

Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission / Communications Specialist

McCormick Taylor / User Interface Developer

Philadelphia’s Office of Sustainability (OOS) / Senior Advisor for Environmental Justice

Northeast Corridor Commission / director of program implementation, project manager

The Painted Bride Art Center / Communications & Partnerships Manager

Connect The Dots Insights / Project Manager, Community Engagement

The Northern Liberties Business Improvement District (NLBID) / Capital Projects Coordinator – freelance

Fulton Bank / Community Outreach Officer

The Department of City & Regional Planning at the Stuart Weitzman School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania / Assistant or Associate Professor of Spatial Analytics

Montgomery County, PA / Planner II

Billy Penn / Development & Engagement Manager, Sports culture freelancer

City of Philadelphia / Fellows for the Equitable Community Engagement Toolkit.

Upper Darby Township / Controller

Clean Air Council / Cobbs Creek Trail Organizer

Management Information Exchange (MIE) / Executive Director.

Passyunk Avenue Revitalization Corporation / Executive Director

American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania (ACLU-PA) / full-time
Deputy Director

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