Newsletter: Come talk ๐Ÿ“š and take a train to ๐Ÿ–! Plus, new SEPTA fares...

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 186

๐Ÿ“š BOOK TALK WITH NOLAN GRAY

5th Square is pleased to welcome author M. Nolan Gray to Philadelphia for a book talk about his newly-published book about U.S. housing policy titled "Arbitrary Lines: How Zoning Broke the American City and How to Fix It." The event will take place on Friday, June 24th at 7:30pm at Resurrection Philadelphia near 42nd and Baltimore Ave. Light refreshments (pizza, beer, and seltzer) will be served.

Arbitrary Lines book cover

Philadelphia housing politics watchers are no strangers to the ways in which zoning policy is used and abused to block needed housing for people, and we're looking forward to talking about that, as well as the big picture of how advocates are winning important reforms to this institution across the country. We'll also be joined by guest moderator, Inquirer editorial board member Daniel Pearson, who'll be bringing the Philadelphia context to some of the book's themes, and facilitating some audience discussion.


๐Ÿ– BEACH TRIP

Join us on July 9th at 8:05am for a family-friendly day down the shore this summer with your favorite group of Urbanist advocates. We're headed to Atlantic City and have a fun day planned of hoagie-eating, jitney-riding, beach-laying, and of course, margarita-drinking. Let's meet at 30th Street Station and, of course, take a ride aboard the Atlantic City Rail Line.

Atlantic City postcard
Tickets are $60 for Adults 12+, $30 for Children 5-11, Kids 4 and under are Free.
Includes:
  • Train & Jitney Fare
  • Hoagie from White House Subs
  • Food & 1 Drink or Appetizer from Landshark Bar & Grill

๐ŸšŒ SEPTA FARE CHANGES

Look out for new fare pricing starting July 1st. The base fare of $2.50 won't be going up, but other passes will be going down:

  • Fare within Regional Rail Zone 1 will go down to $3.75 (Key card only)
  • Fare from the airport will be $6.50 (Key card only)

In September, you'll see some new types of passes:

  • New One Day Neighborhood FleX Pass is $10 for 10 rides on buses, subways, trolleys, and Zone 1 and 2 Regional Rail stations (starts in September)
  • "One Day Independence Pass" will be "One Day Anywhere FleX"
  • Both FleX passes will have a 10% discount for a 3-pack

This seems like a positive change for riders and we hope to see continued effort for affordable fares.


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๐ŸŒณ GET A STREET TREE

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EVENTS

Houwzerโ€™s RiseUp Fund Affordable Housing Panel

Tuesday, June 21 from 5:00 PM โ€“ 6:30 PM EDT
Drexel University's Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships
3509 Spring Garden Street

RiseUp Fund is hosting a panel discussion on affordable housing issues featuring Councilmember Jamie Gauthier, Drexel Assistant Professor Dr. Sharrelle Barber, Shift Capital CEO Brian Murray and Houwzer CEO Mike Maher. The free event will begin with a brief showing of the investigative documentary, "Push: The Global Housing Crisis" by United Nations Special Reporter Leilani Farha. Free, RSVP required.

Happy Hour with City Council members, staffers and journalists

Tuesday, June 21, 6:00 PM
Pen & Pencil Club, 1522 Latimer St.

Come out to meet the people who run City Hall -- and the reporters who cover it! The event, hosted by Councilmember Derek Green, is a perfect opportunity to meet the people working behind the scenes at City Hall as well as the journalists covering the city. This event is free but please register.

Toward A More Sustainable SEPTA: Opportunities from Federal Infrastructure Funding

June 30, 2022 at 8:00am - 9:30am
Pipeline Philly, 30 S 15th St

On Thursday, June 30th, join SEPTA leaders, Philadelphia elected officials, and transportation advocates for a breakfast panel discussion about the opportunities for sustainable infrastructure investments in the new federal infrastructure bill, and how SEPTA plans to take advantage of these.


SURVEYS & EMAIL ACTIONS

  • Reimagine the Parkway - Survey 1 This public survey is part of the first round of engagement to help refine the vision and goals for the Benjamin Franklin Parkway Public Realm Plan and gather the priorities for uses of the Parkway from a diverse audience. As you take the survey, please think about the "Parkway" within the planning area focus.
  • Permanent public restroom survey - The City of Philadelphia has funding to pilot one permanent public restroom in Center City, and will be using this survey to gauge interest in more public restrooms and amenities. Note: the gender demographics questions are awkward, but you can use the "other" category instead.

  • School District of Phila - Early Dismissal Survey - Next yearโ€™s Academic Calendar includes days where students are dismissed early. The District is seeking feedback from families on their plans and needs for after-school childcare on early dismissal days.

  • PennDOT is conducting a survey for the I-95 Girard Interchange. This covers Allegheny Avenue south through the Interstate 676 Interchange at Race Street.


WHAT WE'RE READING

๐ŸŒณ PUBLIC SPACE

WHYY / Breaking deadlock on Philly Rebuild funds rests with Council committee vote

Philadelphia Inquirer / The Schuylkill is clean but has a public relations problem, study finds

WHYY / Cambodian market to be permanent part of FDR Park

6abc Philadelphia / Dozens rally in Cobbs Creek to demand opening of unused Olympic-size swimming pool


GRANTS, FELLOWSHIPS & CFPs

Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency / Kathy A. Possinger Housing Policy Fellowship

The goal of this program is to support the development of new perspectives and approaches to significant unmet housing or community development needs across Pennsylvania through a self-directed research project. Completed applications must be submitted via email to [email protected] no later than 5PM EST, July 1, 2022.

Rutgers University's Center for Urban Research and Education is looking for proposals for papers that address regional patterns of segregation and evaluating their impact on neighborhood disparities across metropolitan areas, including policies related to single-family zoning, ADUs, land banking, etc. Full text for this proposal is on Twitter. Please submit one-page abstracts in PDF form to [email protected] Abstracts are due by midnight on Friday, July 1st. For further information, please contact [email protected]


JOB OPPORTUNITIES

SEPTA / Manager, Planning Programs (7074) - Trolley Modernization

LANTA / Procurement Coordinator

Philadelphia City Council / Director of Communications for Councilmember Gautier

Civic Eagle / Various (Programmers, finance, HR)

Smart Growth America / Thriving Communities program associate

The Nature Conservancy / Urban Climate Resilience Manager (#51548)

Friends of the Wissahickon / Field Coordinator

Spak Group / Leasing and Marketing Manager

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation / Program Officer, Policy

Reinvestment Fund / Community Development Loan Officer/Director, MidAtlantic

Princeton University / Program Coordinator, Eviction Lab


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