⛄❄️🎁 YOU ARE INVITED TO OUR HOLIDAY PARTY!
Join 5th Square members and friends for our Holiday Party at 990 Spring Garden on Tuesday, December 20th from 7:00 to 9:00 PM, where we'll be holding our Fourth Annual Urbanist Awards ceremony!
Come celebrate with other Philadelphia advocates at the urbanist holiday party of the season!
We'll also be presenting the winners of our Urbanist Awards!
Please nominate a friend or colleague who you think deserves an award for their work this year! -- Nominations are due this Friday at 5pm.
🎖️ Urbanist Lifetime Achievement Award
🚍 Urbanist Changemaker of the Year
🏛️ City Staffer of the Year
🛴 Quasi-Government Staffer of The Year
🚲 Neighborhood RCO Champion
🏙️ Best Development of the Year
📰 Urbanist Media Champion
🏆 5th Square Volunteer of the Year
💩 NIMBY Anti-Hero Award
🏊 WIN FOR SAYRE-MORRIS POOL!
Councilmember Jamie Gauthier announced allocating $3 million towards repairing Sayre-Morris pool! Gautier cited a piece by 5th Square co-chair Dena Driscoll urging the city to reopen the pool in the interest of health and safety of the community. In a time of increased gun violence and general malaise, this investment in public space is vital.
This is a huge step forward for the residents of West Philly and for pools across the city as Sayre-Morris served as a lifeguard testing and training facility.
Cobbs Creek residents will also be seeing new amenities in the actual park, like wooden signposts and maps installed by Tiny WPA, thanks to 5th Square members Larissa Mogano and Daniel Paschall, as well as Clean Air Council.
You can help us make a walkable, transit-friendly city for everyone with your financial contributions. Become a 5th Square member today!
5TH SQUARE IN THE NEWS
KEY CARDS FOR ASYLUM SEEKERS
5th Square transit committee member Cameron Adamez was in a WHYY article as part of their coverage of asylum seekers being sent from Texas to other cities. The fundraising campaign RAISED OVER $1,000 a day after the article was published!
The Key card purchasing process has proven to be useful not just in providing transit options, but has also shed light on various aspects of fare policy implications and wayfinding tools. Stay tuned for updates and volunteer opportunities...!
CITY BUDGET FOCUS GROUP
The city has a virtual focus group program for you to voice your opinion about the upcoming budget. The meetings are being held on the following dates:
- Tuesday, December 6 at 6 p.m.- 7 p.m.
- Wednesday, December 7 at 6 p.m.- 7 p.m.
- Thursday, December 8 at 6 p.m.- 7 p.m.
- Saturday, December 10 at 11 a.m.- noon
- Monday, December 12 at 6 p.m.- 7 p.m.
- Tuesday, December 13 at 6 p.m.- 7 p.m.
- Wednesday, December 14 at 6 p.m.- 7 p.m.
Wednesday, December 7 from 4pm - 6pm
Center for Architecture and Design, 1218 Arch Street
This is a thought-provoking panel discussion of leaders in the built environment to explore how the historic dynamics of preservation and urban planning have affected current practices in real-estate development, housing, etc.
Thursday, December 8, 2022 from 4:30 to 6:30 PM
SEPTA Southern District Bus Depot (1940 Johnston St)
SEPTA is holding an Automotive/Bus Mechanic Information Session for candidates who are interested in learning more about career opportunities as a SEPTA Bus Mechanic.
Thursday, December 8th at 5:30 P.M. (via Zoom)
Connect the Dots, Amber Art and Design and the City of Philadelphia will host a virtual event on Thursday, December 8th to share back what we as a team have learned from six months of studying public sentiment about the Roundhouse and its future. This is the final public event of the engagement process. This process is detailed at www.roundhousefutures.com (Register here for webinar.)
Friday, December 13th from 6:00pm - 7:30pm (hybrid)
This experience is designed by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission to highlight the role of public participation in the transportation planning process. Dinner will be served for all in-person attendees at 5:30pm. Register here.
The PPTF application period is open until December 26th! This is an opportunity to speak up for your community, share your experience as a resident and join a network of motivated change makers. Click here to apply.
Wednesday, December 14th at 3 p.m.
Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission
190 N Independence Mall West, 8th Floor (Philadelphia Room)
The Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals is presenting a webinar about the 'School Streets' program. School Streets are an innovative solution to reduce the vehicle congestion and traffic safety risks commonly seen around schools, and to encourage children, families and teachers to use active transportation. The results from these pilots are being used to develop recommendations for the planning, permitting and implementation of School Streets programs in municipal settings.
Thursday, December 15 at 1:00 PM ET (via Zoom)
In this presentation Amy Parker and Dr. Martin Swobodzinski will highlight past research on human indoor-outdoor wayfinding on an urban college campus. Focus in the presentation will be on the discussion of considerations for wayfinding technology, human subject research design, as well findings and lessons learned across the two projects.
Thursday, December 15 at 6:30 PM (via Zoom)
SEPTA’s modern trolley station designs are now ready for viewing! This past year, through online surveys and in-person events, SEPTA heard from you on trolley station design, color, and lighting as well as sustainable and environmentally-friendly design options. This station design will be implemented across the City of Philadelphia and Delaware County in the future to ensure an easy, accessible, and faster trolley ride. (Register here.)
Saturday & Sunday, December 17th and 18th from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Love Park (1501 JFK)
Can't seem to catch the Jolly Trolley? There's always Festibus for the rest of us! Check out this year's entrants for the Holiday Decorated Vehicle contest! The top winners are also on display at various events--check septa.org or the SEPTA Instagram for other dates and locations.
SURVEYS & EMAIL ACTIONS
Clark Park Master Plan - Friends of Clark Park are working on a new plan for future development.
- I-95 Girard Avenue Interchange - This survey is to collect feedback on the potential reconnection of Poplar Street between New Market and Front Streets under I-95. The survey will be open until December 16, 2022.
Walter Rand Transportation Center Improvement Project - NJ Transit is looking for feedback, specifically for pedestrian access, food service, and general facility concerns. See NJTransit.com for more details.
- Borough of Conshohocken Shuttle Survey - Conshy is studying the feasibility of a shuttle for intra-borough travel.
Point Breeze Avenue Redevelopment Plan Community Survey - The City of Philadelphia is preparing a strategic redevelopment plan for the Avenue’s commercial corridor, headed by the Department of Commerce with Kenyatta Johnson.
WHAT WE'RE READING
🏙️ HOUSING & LAND USE
unplanned ideas / A Sense of Where You Are: A Short History of Postwar US Housing
6abc Philadelphia / Lowballed: Philadelphia-area homeowners of color receive unfair appraisals
Philadelphia Inquirer / DisneyQuest, TrumpStreet, and Will Smith’s Silver City Studios: The Philly that might have been
🌳 PUBLIC SPACE
Philadelphia Inquirer / After a stolen van destroyed a popular West Philly deli, the community hopes to help rebuild
Bloomberg.com / The Case for Guerrilla Crosswalks
Pennsylvania Environmental Council has announced their Regrant Program that provides one and two-year grants of $1,000 to $10,000 per year for projects that increase a sense of welcome, belonging, and safety among under-represented groups on the Circuit Trails, which includes trails like the Schuylkill River Trail, Cobbs Creek Trail, Heinz Refuge trails, Delaware River Trail, Camden Waterfront trails, D&R Trail, D&L Trail, among many other trails in area. Priority will be given to projects led by and engaging under-represented and marginalized groups; projects that promote equity and serve historically disinvested communities; and organizations with a budget of less than $500,000. Applications are due by Thursday, December 22 at 11:59pm. Any questions, please email Emilia Crotty with Pennsylvania Environmental Council at [email protected].
The Pennsylvania Ornithological Records Committee is looking for a secretary which is a volunteer position but comes with an annual $1500 stipend. They're looking for someone with bird knowledge and data skills. Email [email protected] for more info, or check the PA Birders Facebook group (private).
Our Market Project / Project Manager; Social Media Manager
Pennsylvania Voice /
PA House Democratic Campaign Committee /
DVRPC / Senior Contracts Specialist
PhillyBOLT / Program Manager
Housing Initiative at Penn / Research Associate - Junior/Senior Housing Research Analyst
ACLU Pennsylvania /
City of Philadelphia /
City of Philadelphia, Office of Sustainability /
The Kelsey / Manager, Housing Development
Philadelphia Cultural Fund / Executive Director
Witty Gritty / open positions
Township of Lower Merion /
Bicycle Transit Systems / Human Resources Coordinator
Community Legal Services of Philadelphia / Managing Attorney Of The Energy Unit
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