Newsletter: Go to the 🚇 Roosevelt Blvd Subway and our 🍻 August Meetup!

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 194


If the idea of a subway going down Roosevelt Boulevard has caught your interest, you're in good company. We at 5th Square have just launched a petition to get the region's transit planners and politicians together to start working on the Roosevelt Boulevard Subway.

We believe this would be a huge benefit for residents of Northeast Philly and anyone that traverses Roosevelt Blvd. It won't happen overnight, but it's better a hundred years late than never.

If you're feeling fired up about a potential subway, come to the Roosevelt Blvd Subway Town Hall! Led by 5th Square member Jay Arzu, he will be joined by State Representative Jared Soloman and longtime 5th Square volunteer Will Tung. The event will be on Saturday, August 27th at 9AM at the PATH Center on 1919 Cottman Ave. Maybe the conversations you have will end up with the right people...


If you'd like a more casual hangout, we're having a meetup on August 25th at Pennsport Beer Boutique in South Philly. Are you excited about SEPTA Forward? Do you have feelings about the Sixers stadium? Are you thinking about the best way to carry a box of pretzels on your bike? This is a great opportunity to chat about these things and more with like-minded people about urbanist issues as a professional or a volunteer. Bring your friends or kids and have a beer with us!


The City has a Wellness Resource Fair in Kensington on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, with health and housing resources. It's held at The Rock Ministries from 10am - 1pm at 2755 Kensington Ave. There is also another Resource Fair this Thursday, August 11th, at McPherson Square Park (601 E. Indiana Ave) from 9:30am - 1pm. This one will have free meals, employment assistance, and more. This PDF has a schedule of all their events with locations.

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5th Square member Jay Arzu published a great op-ed with Streetsblog USA with details about the Roosevelt Boulevard subway and why federal funding is crucial for this kind of transportation project. Make sure to catch him at the Town Hall, too!

"The Roosevelt Boulevard Subway is a significant infrastructure project — and it should be the kind of project that the Biden administration should fund: a transportation project that could better connect a disjointed region, reduce vehicle miles traveled and create thousands of jobs in a critical swing state." (read more)


If you want to show your support for the Washington Ave safety project, you're in luck! We have a new batch of posters available for sale, starting at $20. Proceeds go to the Safer Washington Avenue Fund, which supports candidates that want roads for everyone that walks, bikes, rolls, or takes a bus on Washington Ave. The posters will be delivered to your mail slot by one of our volunteers.


Do you want to make a direct impact on the success of urbanist campaigns and candidates? Join us for 5th Square's Marketing Committee Meeting tonight, August 9th from 6:00pm – 7pm via Zoom!

This month we will:

  • Share 5th Square's strategic goals for the upcoming 12 months
  • Brainstorm marketing tactics to achieve those goals
  • Gather an inventory of members' interests and skills
  • Define a workflow to collaboratively tackle the work

No previous marketing experience is necessary, and all marketing disciplines are welcome! See our website for more details.


SEPTA Transit Talk: Regional Rail Update

Tuesday August 9, 6:30 PM via Zoom
SEPTA is working towards the vision outlined in SEPTA Forward, with all services working as part of a lifestyle network of frequent, all-day, and all-week services that connects people to a range of destinations across the region. Reimagining Regional Rail will create a vision of what that looks like and will identify the infrastructure, equipment, operations, and policies needed to get there.

Connections 2050 - Plan for Greater Philadelphia

Wednesday, August 10, from 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM via Zoom

DVRPC published the Connections 2050 Long-Range Plan in September 2021. The Plan was developed over a four-year process and is built on principles of equity, resiliency, and sustainability. This session will share the planning process and resulting policies, project prioritization and funding for regional transportation infrastructure, and strategies to achieve the regional vision. Registration required.

Public Participation Task Force Meeting- Work Program Workshop

Wednesday, Aug 10, 2022 5:45 PM, in person and via Zoom

The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) is developing the annual Work Programin collaboration with partners throughout the Greater Philadelphia region to reflect and support the region’s short-range transportation planning needs. Registration required.

Go Mt Airy Supper Sessions

Wednesday, August 10th, 5:00-9:00pm (rain date Weds 8/24)
7100 block of Germantown Avenue

Mt Airy CDC’s signature outdoor event is back for the first time since the pandemic. Come out and rediscover the community and small businesses that make our neighborhood unforgettable!

Wednesday Night Rides: New Jersey

Wednesday, August 10th, 7:00 pm
Meet at base of the Ben Franklin Bridge

This will be crossover ride with Philly Full Moon Bike Ride, Philly Bike Party, and Garden State Bike Party. Ride ends at Tonewood Brewing in Oaklyn, NJ.




Philadelphia Inquirer / After concerns of violence closed a pool and several Playstreets, neighborhood groups are working to shift perceptions of Kensington

Billy Penn / Unused space at Philly rec centers will be offered to local entrepreneurs, who’ll get free rent in return for mentorship

Smart Cities Dive / The struggle to find a public toilet



National Zoning Atlas / Project Coordinator

Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia / Communications Manager

City of Jersey City / Various (Planners, architects, environmental related positions)

City of Philadelphia /

Scout / Marketing Communications Coordinator

Habitat for Humanity /

PeopleForBikes / OpenStreetMap editor

Philadelphia Inquirer / Interactive Newsroom Designer

US Dept of Transportation / Supervisory Transportation Specialist

Community Legal Services of Philadelphia / Communications and Social Media Associate

Rebuilding Together Philadelphia / Communications Manager

School District of Philadelphia /

Green Building United / Development Manager

Independence Blue Cross / Lead Provider Experience Measurement & Insights Lead

Comcast / Sr Specialist, Employee Communications

Nationalities Service Center / Various positions

Philadelphia Department of Public Health / Canvass Data Coordinator

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