Newsletter: ✅ Announcing City Council Endorsements! / 🤝 Chinatown Stitch Survey / 🚇 Life after KOP Rail

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 226


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

City Council, Districts

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!

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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.


In the wake of the now-cancelled KOP Rail project, an Inquirer editorial outlines why SEPTA should refocus its efforts to:
  • 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

TOM GRALISH / Staff Photographer


Inga Saffron, the Inquirer's architecture critic weighed in on the Sixers Arena's effect on our built environment.

Alejandro A. Alvarez / Inquirer Staff Photographer

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.


A Deep Dive into Trail Wayfinding / SEGD Philadelphia
Tuesday, March 28 at 5:30pm
HUDDLE, 338 Brown Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123

The Green Living Plan Mayoral Candidate Forum
Wed, Mar 29, 2023 at 6:00 PM
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19103

2023 Code for Philly Launchpad - Creating Projects to Support Philadelphia
Multi-day in person event from March 31st to May 10th

CycleScenePHL: Welcome Planners
Broad and Cherry

Climate Mayoral Forum presented by Green Philly
Tue, Apr 4, 2023 at 6:30 PM
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Philly Full MOON Ride April 6th the Pink Moon
THURSDAY, APRIL 6, 2023 AT 8:30 PM
Philadelphia Museum of Art

Safer Fleets Challenge: How Adopting Intelligent Speed Assistance Can Make Your Community a Better Place to Walk / America Walks
Apr 11, 2023 02:00 PM

Ride the Mainline Greenway! / Bicycle Coalition
Eastern Portion | Sat, April 15, 2023 | 10am to 12pm | RSVP for the Ride
Western Portion | Sat, April 23, 2023 | 10am to 12pm | RSVP for the Ride



Rising Real Estate / 149-Unit Building to Replace Parking Lot at 13th and Spring Garden

The Colorado Sun / Colorado governor, Democrats unveil major effort to boost housing by directing local land-use policy. Here’s what it would do.

NBC10 Philadelphia / Philly City Council Considering Implementing Rent Control


NBC10 Philadelphia / Philadelphia Is Bringing Back Street Sweeping: Residents Will Need to Move Cars in These Neighborhoods

Billy Penn at WHYY / Philadelphia pulls out of community litter cleanup program, Glitter


NBC10 Philadelphia / Is Now the Time to Build a Subway Along Busy Roosevelt Boulevard?

Today, Explained (Podcast) / City Limits: Should public transit be free?

Vox / How to save America’s public transit systems from a doom spiral / A new Amtrak train ride from NYC to Scranton could hit 110 mph


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



Apply to Safe Routes Philly VISTA by Monday, April 3
Adult job-seekers: Do you want to fight injustice and poverty, and encourage active transportation? Apply to be an AmeriCorps Safe Routes Philly - Serve Philadelphia VISTA! You can help us to give teachers, parents, and caregivers the tools they need to get their students to and from school safely. You can also gain professional experience in City government and make a difference.

🚸 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.


Mt. Vernon Manor CDC (MVM) / Safety and Justice Coordinator


Community Capacity Builders / Project Coordinator

Friends of the Rail Park (FRP) /

PACDC / Corridor Business Consultant

Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance / Part Time Marketing and PR Coordinator

Urban Health Lab + @OppforHealthLab are HIRING a project manager -- University of Pennsylvania / Manager, Research Project B (Department of Emergency Medicine)

School District of Philadelphia / Various positions

ESS (for School District of Philadelphia / Substitute Teacher

City of Philadelphia /

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

BOLT (Build Our Lives Together) /

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