✅ CITY COUNCIL ENDORSEMENTS
Our City Council endorsements are out!
These candidates will best represent our mission to make Philadelphia a more affordable, accessible, equitable, sustainable, and transit-friendly city for everyone.
City Council, at-Large
- Job Itzkowitz - [Donate]
- Eryn Santamoor - [Donate]
- Rue Landau - [Donate]
- Katherine Gilmore Richardson - [Donate]
Isaiah Thomas - [Donate]
City Council, Districts
- Jamie Gauthier, District 3 - [Donate]
- Quetcy Lozada, District 7
- Anthony Phillips, District 9 - [Donate]
This is the power of political advocacy, and we urge folks who want a more sustainable built environment to consider donating, volunteering, and most importantly, voting to support these candidates in the upcoming primary.
What about the Mayor's race?
Our eyes will be on the 2023 Better Mobility Mayoral Forum, where Philadelphia's mayoral candidates will have an opportunity to speak about their views on sustainable mobility and Vision Zero.
The forum is THIS FRIDAY, March 31, 4 - 5 PM, and follows the sold-out Vision Zero Conference
Visit our Election Center to see where each candidate stands on safer streets, better transit, and more protected bike lanes in both our questionnaire and the Better Mobility questionnaire.
You can help us make a walkable, transit-friendly city for everyone with your financial contributions. Become a 5th Square member today!
🤝 CHINATOWN STITCH SURVEY
The Vine Street Expressway has long divided Chinatown. The City of Philadelphia wants to know what you think about building a cap on top of the Vine Street Expressway.
A cap is a platform on top of a highway that creates new space for parks, businesses, or housing. The Chinatown Stitch project would help reconnect Chinatown.
🚇 LIFE AFTER KOP RAIL
- deliver better service to existing riders,
- modernize its existing infrastructure, and
- explore projects with greater impacts to our region like the Roosevelt Blvd Subway.
We could not agree more -- but this change takes political will and advocacy! Join us today in advocating for a better transit system
🏟️ ARENA'S EFFECT ON JEFFERSON STATION
Inga Saffron, the Inquirer's architecture critic weighed in on the Sixers Arena's effect on our built environment.
She dives into the proposal's effects on Jefferson Station and the challenges of this project in bringing pedestrian-friendly, walkable spaces to Market East.
There’s room for two more towers on top of the Fashion District, which was designed to support an overbuild. Meanwhile, residential developers have gradually been changing Market Street’s retail character by erecting apartments.
Unlike the fans who go to basketball games, the people who live and work in such towers are present every day. They will shop in the Fashion District’s stores, eat in Chinatown’s restaurants, and use Jefferson Station’s trains. Before Philadelphia commits to an arena, it’s worth remembering that there’s more than one way to save Market Street.
The article is worth reading and brings more nuance than our statement on this project last week.
76 Devcorp responded through twitter with their own take on this article.
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2023 Code for Philly Launchpad - Creating Projects to Support Philadelphia
Multi-day in person event from March 31st to May 10th
CycleScenePHL: Welcome Planners
SATURDAY, APRIL 1, 2023 AT 11:00 AM EDT
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Tue, Apr 4, 2023 at 6:30 PM
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Philly Full MOON Ride April 6th the Pink Moon
THURSDAY, APRIL 6, 2023 AT 8:30 PM
Philadelphia Museum of Art
WHAT WE'RE READING
🏙️ HOUSING & LAND USE
🌳 PUBLIC SPACE
PA Transportation Survey - The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is currently working on a plan to improve transportation across the state.
We encourage you to submit comments that support safer bicycling and walking along with better transit service. The deadline for submitting comments is April 30, 2023
GRANTS & OTHER OPPORTUNITIES
🚸 VISION ZERO AMBASSADOR - The City of Philadelphia is looking for ambassadors for the Vision Zero program, helping to spread awareness of the importance of traffic safety. It comes with a stipend of $1500, after completion of the program in September. Applications are due April 2nd. There's an in-person training session on April 15th.
Community Conservation Partnerships Program Grants
Counties, municipalities and municipal agencies, pre-qualified land trusts, nonprofits and other eligible organizations can apply now for state conservation, recreation, trail and related grants. Administered by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the Community Conservation Partnerships Program (C2P2) is funded with a variety of state and federal funding sources including Pennsylvania’s natural gas Impact Fee. Applications will be accepted through April 5. Online tutorials are available on YouTube to aid organizations in the application process.
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Urban Health Lab + @OppforHealthLab are HIRING a project manager -- University of Pennsylvania / Manager, Research Project B (Department of Emergency Medicine)
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Riverfront North Partnership / Field Partnership Coordinator
Office of Senator Nikil Saval / Constituent Services Representative
Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia / Development Director
Guilded Freelancer Cooperative / Executive Director
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