Weekly Newsletter, Issue 176


5th Square members Fae Ehsan and Caitlin Nagle wrote an op-ed in the Inquirer against a possible gas tax rebate, as gasoline prices are on the rise. They felt that it does little to address the structural problems facing low-income Pennsylvanians while exacerbating the climate crisis and lining the pockets of Big Oil.


Fae Ehsan, left, and Caitlin Nagle

From the article: "Policymakers should absolutely put money in people’s pockets — but using car ownership as a criterion is misguided and unfair. [...] Tying that rebate to car ownership may help drivers get around, but it strands low-income people — particularly those in areas of the commonwealth that do not have a robust public transport system."


The City of Philadelphia with Kittleson and Associates released a study on parking separated bike lanes as part of a cycling network. They evaluated other comparable cities and determined that it would be a great fit. There are already some bike lane pilot projects like this around the city, like Market St and JFK Blvd. Those were granted special permissions through PennDOT.

The State Senate Transportation Committee held a hearing on Monday about HB140, which amends Title 75 to legalize parking separated bike lanes. Sarah Clark Stuart of the Bicycle Coalition provided testimony in favor of the bill. There was some skepticism from senators about the feasibility. We will let you know about new developments or potential action items as we hear about them.



We still need your help come election season. Your insights and financial contributions will help hone candidates to advocate for a more sustainable, walkable, and bicycle-friendly Philadelphia!

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The Schuylkill River Trail On The Circuit is again in the Best Riverwalk contest and @schuylkillbanks @circuittrails needs your help. Please vote once daily for the SRT between now and April 11!

SEPTA is redesigning their main website,, and would like your thoughts about the kind of information you would like from the website and/or transit related apps. Click here for the survey.

Clean Air Council has a campaign to increase funding for sidewalks in the city. If you've encountered some sketchy sidewalks while strolling around your neighborhood, this is a good chance for you to encourage the Streets Department to repair the sidewalks.



Philadelphia Inquirer / A block of Sansom Street reopens to traffic, and restaurant owners are not too happy

Philadelphia Inquirer / Philly street sweeping resumes next week, and you have to move your car — with $31 fines starting in May

Grid Magazine / Mayor Kenney plans to subsidize the foundation that is deforesting Cobbs Creek

Brookings Institute/ The infrastructure law’s untapped potential for promoting community safety

ICYMI: 5th Square volunteer Alex Davis's mini-documentary on Washington Avenue


North Philly: Libraries are Essential Storytime Rally

Wednesday, April 6, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM EDT
Cecil B. Moore Library Courtyard (2320 Cecil B Moore Ave)

Join Friends of the Free Library for an outdoor storytime/rally in the . We'll gather (safely) outside to tell Darrell Clarke and Mayor Kenney we need full funded libraries! We are coming together for stories, songs, snacks, city budgets information, and petitions to Mayor Kenney for the strong libraries we all need and deserve.
Saturday, April 9, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT
FDR Park (1954 Pattison Ave)
Looking for a way to kick off Earth Month? Join PennEnvironment and Mom's Clean Air Force to help clean up and beautify South Philadelphia's FDR Park! We will meet at the FDR Community Clubhouse, next to the Meadows, at 10am on April 9th then we'll clean up a section of the park together. Bring some gloves if you have them, all other materials will be provided. RSVP.

Germantown Avenue Pocket Park Walk

Saturday, April 16, 11:15 AM EDT - 12:15 PM EDT
Meet at High Point Cafe at Allen Lane Station (7210 Cresheim Rd)

The City of Philadelphia’s Comprehensive Plan, Philadelphia 2035, set a bold vision that all residents will live within a 10-minute walk of a neighborhood park or recreation area. The Mt. Airy Business Improvement District is proud to have contributed to this goal by building six pocket parks along the Germantown Avenue commercial corridor. We'll meet at High Point Cafe, located at SEPTA's Allen Lane Station (arrive early to grab coffee). From there, we will walk along the historic Germantown Avenue, where we will visit each pocket park and the sites of future pedestrian improvements. This walk is almost 2 miles one-way. When the walk is over, join Feet First Philly at Zsa’s Ice Cream (6616 Germantown Ave). Register here.

Wednesday, April 20th, 11:00 AM

DVRPC is hosting a webinar to learn about regional examples of pop-up transportation projects. Hear from the influential community leaders about how and why they brought these projects to fruition. Panelists will include: Kimberley Bezak, co-creator of the Narberth Cycling Club (Borough of Narberth), Linda McIsaac, Founder, Gather in the Circle (Newtown Township), Cassandra Duffey, Borough Administrator (Borough of Collingswood) and Karen Taussig-Lux, Grants Administrator (Media Borough). Register for the webinar.

Thu, April 21, 2022, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM EDT

The Philly Tree Plan is an urban forestry strategic plan that centers the perspectives of Philadelphia residents to bring the benefits of trees to communities that need them the most, in the ways that support them the best. The design team worked in partnership with the City to reach over 8,000 residents using a variety of engagement tools. Leaders of Hinge Collective will share their process for developing strategies that focus on personal narratives at a city-wide scale and how these narratives shape strategic planning. Free. Registration is required.

Earth Day at the Meadows

Sun, Apr 24, 2022, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
South Philly Meadows at FDR Park (1954 Pattison Ave)

The Meadows at FDR Park is one of the few natural places in South Philadelphia where people can go for a hike, picnic, walk their dog or just explore the great outdoors with friends and family. City officials are threatening to destroy this great public space and turn it into artificial turf soccer fields, paved roads, buildings and a privately-run golf driving range. So we’re getting together to show the City of Philadelphia that their constituents want to keep this beloved park wild. Please RSVP.


Due tomorrow! 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 Community Champions Awards & Grants Challenge is an initiative by the City of Philadelphia Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity to celebrate individuals and community-based organizations that have served communities of color and those with low incomes during the COVID-19 pandemic. Those selected will receive one-time grants or cash assistance. If selected as a finalist, organizations will advance to online public voting. The 10 organizations with the most votes will receive a $20,000 grant. Ten runner-ups will receive $12,500. Entries can be submitted through an online application portal, beginning Monday, March 21. The deadline for entries is Monday, April 11.

The Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania is putting out a call for session proposals for the annual conference Dec 7-9 in Hershey, PA. If you or your organization have a topic you'd like to share in the biggest housing-related conference in PA, submit a proposal! If you have any questions, please reply to this email. Due April 15th.

Zero Waste Microgrant: City funding is available to help you reduce waste at your organization. Any business, nonprofit, or organization based in Philadelphia County can apply for a grant up to $1000 and personalized Waste Coaching. Deadline to apply is April 15, 2022.

The Transportation Undergraduate Research Fellowship (TURF) program is a unique eight-week (June 20 to August 12, 2022) summer fellowship for undergraduates to get experience in transportation research at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. Students must be currently enrolled in a civil engineering, urban studies and planning, or transportation-related undergraduate degree program at any college or university. Preference will be given to applicants who have a strong interest in transportation and graduate education. Applications are due by April 14th, 2022 at 8:00pm Pacific.

Parks & Rec is now accepting applications for PlayStreets supervisors! This volunteer-led summer meal program is a great way to bring healthy food and safe recreation to children on your block. To apply to be a PlayStreet, call (215) 685-2719 or (215) 685-2720 or email [email protected].


South of South Neighborhood Association (SOSNA) / Programs Manager

NKCDC / Human Resources Generalist

Blake Development Corp / Office Manager

PIDC / Navy Yard - Director, Marketing and Communications

Drexel University / Senior Multi-Media & Tech Specialist

The Public Interest Law Center / Community Organizer, part-time

Blue Rose Research / multiple openings (data science, programming)

PIDC / Relationship Manager, Business Lending

World Affairs Council of Philadelphia / Education Coordinator

Habitat for Humanity / Senior Project Manager - Home Repair

Philadelphia Green Capital / Program Coordinator

Philadelphia City Council / Legal, Housing and Zoning Director for Councilmember Cherelle Parker

SEPTA / Chief Equity & Inclusion Officer

City of Philadelphia /

Safe Routes to School National Partnership / Operations Coordinator

Philadelphia Health Partnership / Equity in Health Program Officer

Knight Foundation / Digital Strategy/Communications

The William Penn Foundation /

Playworks / Regional Director

The Nature Conservancy / Director of People and Operations

Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia / Engagement Coordinator, Community & Culture

Fastmail /


Chestnut Hill Conservancy / Development Manager

Resources for Human Development / Financial Analyst

PDIC / Loan Portfolio Monitor, Credit and Portfolio Management, Financial Services

SEPTA + Temple / Transit Planning Internship [SEPTA Job Description PDF]

General Building Contractors Association / Director, Government Affairs

Philanthropy Network / President, Greater Philadelphia

Pathways to Housing / Director of Compliance/Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI)

Pew Trusts / Associate I, Philadelphia Research and Policy Initiative

Azavea / multiple openings

Rails to Trails / Mid-Atlantic Director, Trail Development

Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce / Development Director

Benefits Data Trust (BDT) / Director of Policy

Transportation Alternatives / Director, Families for Safe Streets

The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) /

Spring Point Partners LLC / Senior Program Officer, Ember

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