Newsletter: 🏗️ Strong Towns Book Event / 🏙️ Women-Led Cities / 🛣️ Plans for Cobbs Creek Pkwy

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 166

This Wednesday, 1/19 at 7 PM

The Strong Towns movement embraces how real people respond to the layout and function of streets and buildings, rules and zoning. It aims to grow neighborhoods by promoting prosperity and re-development without displacement.

Chuck will be giving his Confessions of a Recovering Engineer presentation, where he will lift the curtain on America’s transportation system in his newest book of the same name.


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Courtney Duchene of the Philadelphia Citizen writes about how Vienna has ranked as the most livable city in the world for 10 years, in part due to rethinking its urban design with women and children in mind.

Source: The Philadelphia Citizen

Featured are 5th Square members Camille Boggan and Katrina Johnston-Zimmerman who bring this experience home to Philly.

“If you look out your window at a city that you live in anywhere around the world, it’s likely everything that you’re looking at and living in and moving through has been designed and managed by men,” says Katrina Johnston-Zimmerman


Thanks to your advocacy, PennDOT and the City of Philadelphia are going forward with impressive plans to increase safety for all users of Cobbs Creek Parkway & 63rd St in West and Southwest Philly.

PennDOT has opened a Virtual Public Meeting showing the future plans for Cobbs Creek Parkway & 63rd Street. Available until 2/16/22.

If you like these safety improvements as much as we do, please comment in support of the plan. Please also comment with any safety issues that PennDOT is neglecting here.

This is thanks in large part to the advocacy of neighbors and traffic safety supporters who signed our petition back in 2020 and adding power to our voice calling for improvements to this very dangerous stretch of roadway.


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.





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


Norris Square Neighborhood Project / full-time Urban Garden Manager

Philadelphia Housing Development Corp. /

Caring for Friends / Digital Media Coordinator

Azavea / Senior Software Engineer (Scala)

Community Legal Services / Receptionist, Administrative Coordinator, Staff Accountant, Paralegals, Staff Attorneys, Peer Parent Advocate, Internship

South Philly Food Co-op / Front end manager (Application)

Pandemic Response Accountability Committee (PRAC) / Events Coordinator, State Auditor-in-Residence, Public Affairs Specialist(s), Data Science Fellowship Program

PearsonRavitz / Client Services Specialist

Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Democratic Caucus - District Office 184- Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler / District Office Director

Pennoni / GIS Analyst, GIS Technician

Public Interest Law Center / Manager, Foundation Relations

Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia / Policy Director, Education Programs Manager, Part-Time Mechanic

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

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