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Weekly Newsletter, Issue 231

📮 Mail Ballot Reminder

Only one week left until election day! Here is our voter guide (and where to find our endorsed candidates on your mail-in ballot)

City Council, at-Large

City Council, Districts

  • Jamie Gauthier, District 3
  • Quetcy Lozada, District 7
  • Anthony Phillips, District 9


Our dual-recommendation for Mayor has garnered some attention... vote for either Gym or Rhynhart!

What about the other races? Check out this voter guide from the Inquirer or see this endorsement spreadsheet from PA Youth Vote.

For mail-in voters, don't forget:

  • to use the secrecy envelope
  • sign the declaration outside the mailing envelope
  • mail your ballot to ARRIVE by election day, May 16th OR drop your ballot at a drop box by 8 PM on May 16th.

Tell SEPTA: No More Parking!

Thanks to public testimony from urbanists, SEPTA tabled a vote on a $48 million parking garage in Conshohocken!

Such a project would only serve the wealthiest segment of SEPTA's ridership, the suburban car commuter, at the expense of other more critical initiatives.

SEPTA's Capital Budget public hearings are TOMORROW at 10 AM and 4 PM -- now is your chance to tell SEPTA to stop wasting transit money on parking, and to prioritize station accessibility and modernize existing rail lines.

Sign up to testify today through Transit Forward Philadelphia, and our coalition partner will reach out with talking points.


We are amplifying an event this Thursday from the Rename Taney Coalition: City Council meets on Thursday morning at 10 am and the Rename Taney Coalition will be there in person.

Three years of door-to-door community engagement across multiple neighborhoods has produced overwhelming support from a dozen community organizations (RCOs), the Inquirer, the Citizen, and thousands of petition signatories. 94% of North Taney Street residents surveyed favor renaming Taney Street to LeCount Street!

It's time to tell Council President Clarke to his face what renaming Taney Street to LeCount Street would mean for racial justice and equality, and a step towards tackling the city's bigger challenges as a unified whole.

When: Thursday, May 11th, 10 am
Where: Northeast corner of City Hall. Proceed to the 4th floor
What else: Bring a photo ID
Who: Rename Taney Street supporters

**Please email [email protected], or DM on Instagram if you are attending so they can provide you with the specific information you will need for registration and the full plan for Council.**


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Brett H. Mandel | Philadelphia, Corrupt and Consenting
Thu, May 11, 2023 7:30 p.m. / Parkway Central Library
Told through the story of the corruption case of John Dougherty and the machine politics that foster corruption, his new book illustrates the ways our inattention gives way to corrosive politicians and policies, the effects this blight has on the soul of Philadelphia, and how collective action can lead to a better city for all.

Ride of Silence
The annual Ride of Silence is an international ride that honors bicyclists killed or injured by motor vehicles.
The 2023 Ride of Silence will be held on Wednesday, May 17, from 6:45 pm – 8 pm. This ride will start at the North Apron of City Hall with a short memorial ceremony and slow bike ride that will travel an 8-mile route at 9.5 miles per hour through Center City before ending the Art Museum for a memorial bike lift. The ride occurs rain or shine and we invite the entire bicycling community to join us as they have for the past 19 years.

Let Manufactured Homes In: Removing Regulatory Barriers to Manufactured Housing
MAY 23, 2023, 12–1 P.M. ET
In this webinar, leading experts will discuss why and how policy makers can allow manufactured homes in more places as a solution to the housing affordability crisis.



WHYY / High mortgage rates and home prices continue to stifle Philly’s housing market / What a ban on roof decks in a corner of North Philly says about the city’s zoning code / Are historic districts the solution to Philadelphia’s preservation crisis?

🌳 PUBLIC SPACE / Kathryn Ott Lovell is leaving Philly Parks & Rec to head city visitor center

WHYY / Philly’s commercial corridors are blooming with greenery thanks to 117 new trees

Streetsblog New York City / Sanitation: Trash Containerization Can Be Done With a Historic Reuse of Parking; Pilot to Start This Fall

Washington Post / Advice | Why free street parking is actually costing you

🚌 TRANSIT / Q&A: SEPTA planner in charge of Bus Revolution talks rider feedback, accessibility, microtransit zones, and more

Slate Magazine / What’s More Important: Making Mass Transit Better or Making It Free?

nj / Experts, advocates weigh in on how NJ Transit could close predicted $957M budget shortfall


PennDOT District 6 Survey - Interstate 95 Girard Avenue Interchange Project Sections GR5 and GR6.
The project team is seeking feedback on potential designs of spaces under and adjacent to I-95 as a follow-up to information presented at recent Near Neighbors Meetings held in Northern Liberties and Old City. Meeting materials from these meetings can be found at The survey will be open to the community until June 30.


Philadelphia Water Department - Stakeholder Advisory Group
The Stakeholder Advisory Group (SAG) will be made up of community members with an interest in Philadelphia Water Department infrastructure projects. SAG members will serve as important advocates for the Water Revitalization Plan (WRP) and will engage with the community on plan progress as well as gathering and sharing of information related to the program.

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