Newsletter: Meet us at 🍻 Pennsport and πŸš‡ Roosevelt Blvd!

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 196

πŸ»πŸš‡ MEETUP AT PENNSPORT

This Thursday, come to Pennsport Beer Boutique for our meetup at 7pm. Walk, take the 57 or 64 bus, or bike down Washington to Moyamensing, then get a beer and vent with us about the state of multimodal transportation!

This is a great opportunity to chat with like-minded people about urbanist issues as a professional or a volunteer. We might even have some special guest politicians coming...

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πŸš‡ ROOSEVELT BLVD SUBWAY

This Saturday, come to the Roosevelt Blvd Subway Town Hall at 9AM at the PATH Center (1919 Cottman Ave) 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.



πŸ˜‡ PSA: STUDENT LOAN FORGIVENESS

Still paying off your fancy degree and can't get avocado toast* every morning? Check if you qualify for Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program and sign up by October 31st! You'll need to have at least one Direct Loan or have consolidated your loans with the Direct Loan Program (formerly FedLoan, now Nelnet). You'll also have to have made 120 payments.

If you're in search of a qualifying job, check the Job Opportunities section at the bottom of the newsletter. Lots of the jobs we find are from the government or from 501c3 nonprofits, so it's worth a look. Dig up your e-pay stubs to find your employer's EIN, and use that in the search tool to make sure you have a qualifying employer.

You can find more information on StudentAid.gov, which will also allow you to sign up.

*Avocados are causing some serious water issues in Mexico. Try hummus with sea salt on a bagel instead! 5th Square members can get a recipe for beet and carrot faux lox in the fall.


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EVENTS

Wednesday Night Rides: Strawberry Mansion Bridge & West Fairmount

Wednesday, August 24th at 7:00PM
Philadelphia Art Museum Steps (2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy)

The ride meets at the steps by 7pm and leaves at 7:10pm. It ends at Parks on Tap, at the Fairmount Waterworks. Route & lead by @senortalone.

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.


SURVEYS & EMAIL ACTIONS


WHAT WE'RE READING

🌳 PUBLIC SPACE

Marketplace / As homelessness rises, some states make it illegal to sleep outside

WHYY / Philly development team is breathing new life into Kensington’s industrial past

Philadelphia Inquirer / $25 million awarded to improve street safety in North, West, and Northeast Philly neighborhoods



JOB OPPORTUNITIES

Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia / Communications Manager

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

Scout / Marketing Communications Coordinator

Community Legal Services of Philadelphia / Communications and Social Media Associate

Philadelphia Department of Public Health / Canvass Data Coordinator


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