Newsletter: More πŸš‡ Roosevelt Blvd Subway updates. Don't forget the 🍻 August Meetup!

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 195


We're having our next meetup on August 25th at Pennsport Beer Boutique in South Philly. We have lots of new faces online and it's time to connect offline with a beer in hand. This is a great opportunity to chat with like-minded people about urbanist issues as a professional or a volunteer. We can talk shop and hatch some plans, or just relax in good company.

For the more serious-minded, come to the Roosevelt Blvd Subway Town Hall to hear about the past and future of this delayed subway. The panel will be led by 5th Square member Jay Arzu and joined by State Representative Jared Soloman, 5th Square volunteer Will Tung, and others. The event will be on Saturday, August 27th at 9AM at the PATH Center on 1919 Cottman Ave.


The Inquirer writes about the aftermath of the University City Townhomes last week, and how much of these current conflicts are brought about by fixed-term contracts for low income housing. While IBID Associates could have handled the situation better, there are parts of situation that should have been avoided through better land use. Multifamily housing like UC Townhomes is affected by zoning laws, which means that there are a limited number of places that can be built on. Councilmanic prerogative also allows councilmembers to reject new construction in their district, even if it would be a good fit for the neighborhood. This halts the ability to build any multifamily housing. If they did need to relocate, they should have been able to either stay in the neighborhood or have comparable housing elsewhere. This is much easier when there are more vacant units. Displacement doesn't have to be the result of a neighborhood changing--with an elastic housing stock and more units below market rates, residents can stay where they are and welcome new neighbors to the fold.

You can read more about the situation here and here. If you have ideas on how the city could help provide better low income housing, come to our meetups and talk about solutions!



The Roosevelt Blvd Subway is gaining traction again, appearing in an article in Billy Penn, with more maps and history of the project. We've started a petition to get the region's transit planners and politicians together to start working on the Roosevelt Boulevard Subway. Signing this petition is a great way for us to prove that there is interest by residents in more public transit.

If you want a sneak peek at the progress, here's a new proposed route for the subway (and an MFL extension):

This proposed Roosevelt route starts around Erie, then has four stops before Bustleton. Here, there is an extension of the MFL from Frankfort to Bustleton. Then, the line would continue up Roosevelt to Neshaminy, with another six stops pictured.

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Kingsessing Advisory Council Community Day

Saturday, August 20 – 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Kingsessing Recreation Center (5001 Kingsessing Ave.)

A family event for the neighborhood, with an appearance of the SEPTA Trolley Modernization Team.

Trash 2 Treasure Group Ride

Sunday, August 21st at 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
N 22nd St and Cecil B Moore Ave.

Join Terrill Haigler aka β€œYa Fav Trash Man”, Indego, and The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia on a ride to clean up the Brewerytown and Sharswood section of Philly! We will meet at the Indego Station at N. 22nd st and Cecil B. Moore Ave. to begin the Group Bike Ride. We will stop at 7 locations to clean up the community while exploring the neighborhood. Registration required.

Advancing Racial Equity through Land Use Planning

Wednesday, September 7 at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm via Zoom

This webinar, featuring Joe Bernard and Douglass Smith, will present examples of two cities addressing racial inequity through their land use planning tools & codes. Deadline to register is September 6, 2022.

Mobility Summit

Tuesday, October 11 at 7:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Crowne Plaza Harrisburg-Hershey, 23 South 2nd Street, Harrisburg

The 82 Alliance is hosting a half day Mobility Summit, featuring Stan Caldwell from the Traffic 21 Institute at Carnegie Mellon, and Jody Holton from Planning & Strategic Initiatives at SEPTA. Early bird tickets are $90 and are available until August 31st.




Hidden City Philadelphia / Old Movie Palace Seeks the Spotlight Once Again

Billy Penn / Citing 'criminal activity,' police are nixing more block parties in West and North Philly

ArchDaily / How Gender Inclusion Is Influencing Urban Design


Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia / Communications Manager

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

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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