Newsletter: ⛄❄️🎁 You’re Invited to our Holiday Party!

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 212


Feeling urbanely festive? Put on your favorite sweater* and join us at 990 Spring Garden on Tuesday, December 20th from 7:00 to 9:00 PM for our Holiday Party! We'll be holding our Fourth Annual Urbanist Awards ceremony, featuring your favorite champions of urban policy! We'll also have plenty of food and drink, so bring a friend.

Come celebrate with other Philadelphia advocates at the urbanist holiday party of the season!


*Don't have a sweater for the occasion? We still have some of the awesome Miriam Singer sweatshirts in small, medium, and extra large left, now on sale for $20! Buy one today!

5th Square is also hosting our first-ever “No Cis Man’s Land” meetup at Frankford Hall this Wednesday, December 14th at 6:00 pm. Join us by the outdoor fire pit to meet and chat with the (many) non-cis male 5th Square members and friends! This event is open to all women/trans/femme/NB/GNC folks.


5th Square steering committee member Camille Boggan was featured in the Inquirer about her vision for the future of transit as it relates to Black women. This article is part of the Inquirer's new series called "A More Perfect Union", exploring the origin and legacy of institutional racism in the city. The series covers many topics of interest, like land use issues in West Philly and the state of public pools.

Boggan will also be part of a panel on Wednesday, December 14th at 4:30 p.m. for Inquirer LIVE: A More Perfect Union's "The Blueprint". Register for the event to see what kind of interesting conversation will unfold!

Art by Yannick Lowery


If you are interested in filming or photographing trolleys, Councilwoman Joi of Media would like to help. This is a great way to get B-roll for your pro-transit video essays or music videos. You can contact Joi via Instagram or email.


Do you own a wheelchair repair shop, or are interested in repairing wheelchairs? Fill out this questionnaire!


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 13 at 6 p.m.- 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 14 at 6 p.m.- 7 p.m.

The sessions have registration forms in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, and Portuguese.


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It's the last call for Bus Revolution input! Here are the last two virtual events:

Kensington/River Wards Virtual Community Conversation

Tuesday, December 13 at 6:30 PM – register via Zoom

Delaware County On-Demand Transit Virtual Community Conversation

Wednesday, December 14 at 6:30 PM – register via Zoom


Urban Strategy in the Present Tense ft. Bruce Katz and Della Clark

Tuesday, December 13th at 4pm (via Zoom)

Urban Strategy in the Present Tense is a conversation series featuring notable urbanists discussing their frontline work in urban resilience, as well as sharing their insights about public policymaking, urban problem solving, and life in Philadelphia.

DVRPC Public Participation Task Force meeting

Tuesday, 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.

School Streets: Testing Car-free Zones Around Schools

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.

Webinar: Individual Wayfinding in the Context of Visual Impairment, Blindness, and Deafblindness

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.

Trolley Modernization Transit Talk!

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.)

Holiday Decorated Bus

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 or the SEPTA Instagram for other dates and locations.




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).


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