Newsletter: ✉️ Washington Ave Updates / 🎩 Run for Committeeperson / 🏊 West Philly Pool Closures / 🚂 Roxborough housing at risk

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 168


We are asking everyone to contact OTIS, the Mayor, and Councilmembers Johnson & Squilla to tell them we want the safest possible option for Washington Ave -- the original 3-lane layout.

On Saturday, OTIS released its update on the Washington Avenue Repaving and Improvement Project which backtracked from their September 2020Final Design Decision” and eliminated the 3-lane option.

By canceling the original design for Washington Avenue, the Kenney administration, Councilmember Kenyatta Johnson, and Councilmember Mark Squilla have shown a lack of leadership. They have betrayed the voice of thousands of residents and neighbors who voted overwhelmingly for the safest option, the 3-lane layout. This will result in a more dangerous roadway, especially for its most vulnerable users.

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5th Square co-chair Dena Driscoll wrote an op-ed in the Inquirer about how public pools are necessary to facilitate safer spaces for neighborhoods and help in an overall plan to deter gun violence. The Philadelphia Board of Education should reverse their decision and reopen Sayre-Morris Pool as soon as possible.

Source: MONICA HERNDON/Inquirer Staff Photographer

"The Board of Education and the City of Philadelphia should reconsider the decision to close the Sayre-Morris Pool so it can be an example of a welcoming public space that serves to teach district students a lifesaving skill, provides a bit of respite to the Cobbs Creek community, and contributes to Philadelphia’s efforts to curb violence."


Daniel Trubman, 5th Square transit committee member, writes for WHYY about how Roxborough is stunted by a bill that changes the area's zoning to one that would make new housing illegal and prioritizes automobile traffic.

Source: Brian Hickey/WHYY

"It’s not an exaggeration to say the bill dramatically shifts the future of Ridge Avenue and Roxborough. The nine acres affected could legally accommodate 1,083 housing units under the current zoning. If Mayor Jim Kenney signs the bill into law, that number falls to zero. In one quick ink swipe, the mayor would greatly reduce number of families able to find shelter in the area over the coming years, only exacerbating the city’s housing affordability crisis."


PennDOT is requesting feedback on the ongoing 63rd Street and Cobbs Creek Parkway Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP). Available until 2/16/22.

The Office of the City Controller is seeking volunteers to serve on a Community Advisory and Accountability Council (Community Council), as part of an independent review of the Philadelphia Police Department.



PennEnvironment / Philadelphia Residents Ask for Leadership from the Mayor’s office and Council Members Johnson and Squilla on a Safer Washington Avenue

Philadelphia Inquirer / The city’s Washington Avenue head-fake reveals the sham of ‘community engagement’

WHYY / Wayne Junction is quietly booming. Can it last?


Virtual Town Hall - Philadelphia Peace Plaza

Wednesday, February 9, 2022 at 5:30 PM

The City of Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy (OACCE), Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations (PCHR), and Office of Immigrant Affairs (OIA) invite the community to a virtual Town Hall discussion about the Statue of Peace project, now known as the Philadelphia Peace Plaza.

This proposed public art installation and newly renovated public space will be located at 805 S. Front Street in the Queen Village neighborhood of Philadelphia.

Wednesday February 9, 2022 at 7:00 PM
This informal ride from @wednightrides starts at Penn Treaty Park (1199 N. Delaware Ave), has a stop at the Art Museum, and ends at Second District Brewery (1939 S. Bancroft St). See Twitter for a route and more information.

PSCA - 1100 Wharton/Municipal Complex Update Meeting

Thursday, February 10th at 7:00 PM

Councilmember Squilla has asked PSCA to assist in facilitating a meeting so he can report on the status of the Municipal Complex proposal and process and continue to gather feedback about outstanding issues requiring further updates. Join him, representatives from Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC) and representatives from Alterra properties. More details about the project are available at

Bicycle Film Festival Philadelphia #2

Friday, February 11th, 6:00 PM, through February 22nd

BFF Philadelphia #2, hosted by Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, presents an international selection of the most important short films from the BFF collection. A diverse curation of filmmaking styles: narratives, documentaries, international award-winning filmmakers, and emerging directors all share equal billing. A ticket allows you to view the 90 minute short film format streamed to your computer, tablet, or smart TV by simply clicking on the link provided by email 15 minutes before opening date and time. Ticket prices are sliding scale, $10-$20.

The 41st Annual Edward V. Sparer Symposium, “Moving Toward Liberation: Transportation and Mobility Justice

Friday February 11, 2022 from 8:45 AM - 5:00 PM

This year’s virtual symposium titled will focus on transportation and mobility justice, centering on three critical questions: who can move, when, and under what circumstances? Through interdisciplinary conversations with lawyers, activists, and scholars from across the country, we will investigate how American transportation systems entrench inequality, racial segregation, and economic disparity. Free to the public.

ULI Philadelphia: Multifamily - Shifts in the Suburbs

Thursday, Mar 3, 2022, 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM EST

Join the ULI Philadelphia Housing Council as we explore a “Shift in the Suburbs” and discuss the challenges and opportunities facing residential development in Philadelphia’s neighboring counties.


2022 AARP Community Challenge - The AARP Community Challenge provides small grants to fund quick-action projects that can help communities become more livable for people of all ages. This year, applications will be accepted for projects to improve public spaces, housing, transportation and civic engagement; support diversity, equity and inclusion; build engagement for programs under new federal laws; and pursue innovative ideas that support people age 50 or older. Deadline: Tuesday, March 22

West Philadelphia Skills Initiative - Patient Services Representative program built in partnership with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). This program focuses on connecting participants to sustainable long-term strategies for gaining employment, retaining employment, and advancing at work. Graduates of this program can earn the opportunity to interview for Patient Service Representative openings with CHOP. Due 2/11

The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation & Natural Resources is now accepting applications for the 2022 round of Community Conservation Partnership Program grants. Applications accepted until April 6. More information:

The #PhilaLandBank has issued an RFP for Pastor James Allen. Land Bank is soliciting proposals from developers to acquire and develop 25 parcels located in Philadelphia’s Haddington neighborhood for affordable homeownership. Get more RFP info Due 2/28


City of Philadelphia / Director of Design, Rebuild

Wexford Science & Technology / Assistant Director, Development

Rick for Philly 2022 / Field Director

Drexel University / Department Head, Architecture, Design & Urbanism

City of Philadelphia - The Managing Director’s Office of Transportation, Infrastructure, & Sustainability (OTIS) / Transit Program Manager, Transportation Engagement Coordinator

The University of Pennsylvania - Data Driven Discovery Initiative / Postdoctoral Fellow

CIC Philadelphia / Director of Sales & Strategic Partnerships

Working Families Party / Campaign Services Manager - Mid Atlantic

Fairmount Park Conservancy / Volunteer Program Manager


Philadelphia Office of Sustainability /

The University of Pennsylvania / Manager, Research Project C (Emergency Medicine)

The Painted Bride Art Center / Project Manager

The Philadelphia Inquirer / Senior Politics Editor

Generation180 / State Director, Pennsylvania (contract position)

Philadelphia Parking Authority / PARKING ENFORCEMENT OFFICER (PEO)

Billy Penn / Investigative Reporter, Deputy Editor

The School District of Philadelphia / Substitute Teacher

The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) / Environmental/Active Transportation Planner

Fairmount Community Development Corporation (FCDC) / Business Services Manager

The Philadelphia Energy Authority (PEA) / Program Manager

The William Penn Foundation / Investment Analyst

Glitter / Part Time Marketing Lead

CHOP / Vice President | Development Administration | Foundation

LISC / Program Officer, Equitable Neighborhoods

Kensington Corridor Trust (KCT) / Construction Project Manager

Fastmail /

PIRG / Transportation Advocate

Reinvestment Fund / Senior Policy Analyst – Southeast

Starfinder Foundation / Director, Development & Communications, Finance Assistant (Part Time), Operations Manager, Impact Manager, Development Assistant

City of Philadelphia - Office of Innovation and Technology (OIT) / Multiple openings

Next City / Senior Editor

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