Newsletter: 🍻 June Meetup / 🚘 Paved Paradise / 👕 Roosevelt Blvd Subway Crop Tops

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 235

🍻 June Meetup

Join 5th Square organizers and volunteers for an informal, in-person meet-up over at the newly-opened Walnut Garden! This is an outdoor, family-friendly event where we will provide updates on our recent campaigns.

Next Thursday, June 15th, 6 PM at 1708 Walnut St

These meet-ups are casual social gatherings, and are intended as a fun way for new and existing supporters to connect with other people involved with 5th Square and urbanist issues in Philadelphia, either professionally or in a volunteer/activist capacity, and learn more about what our all-volunteer organization is up to.

If you've been meaning to check out one of our events or meetings but haven't made it out yet, this will be a good first one to come to. And please bring a friend or two!

🚘🚘🚘 Paved Paradise

Author Henry Grabar says the focus on providing parking has undercut walkable communities, affordable housing, and the fight against climate change.

Dialing back decades of poor civic planning and regressive parking mandates is core to our advocacy here at 5th Square.

Tyger Williams / The Philadelphia Inquirer

The Inquirer's Jake Blumgart recently interviewed Henry Grabar to talk about his new book -- Paved Paradise: How Parking Explains the World -- and how it has shaped our built environment across America and here in Philly.

... Grabar analyzes how midcentury American ideas about parking policy and design have warped priorities and made it harder to build communities that allow us to do anything other than drive.

Read the full article here.

Learn more from Fresh Air With Terry Gross, in the New Yorker, and on the Podcast 99% Invisible

👕 Roosevelt Blvd Subway Crop Tops are in Stock!

The best way to stay cool this summer is to rock our "Build the Roosevelt Blvd Subway" CROP TOP -- now in stock!

Looking to buy the T-Shirt? Click Here!

We are also offering a FREE T-SHIRT to folks who join us as a new member!

You can help us make a walkable, transit-friendly city for everyone with your financial contributions. Become a 5th Square member today!

Annual Subscriber, $60 per yearMonthly Subscriber, $5 per monthOne Year of Membership, Starting at $60


Thu, Jun 8, 2023 at 5:00 PM
4548 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19139
We are thrilled to invite you to the upcoming "Building Communities - 2023 Construction Real Estate Mixer”, hosted by The Enterprise Center and Temple Small Business Development Center, back and in-person for the first time since 2019.

PhillyBOLT Celebration of Grassroots Leaders
Saturday June 10 from 1-4p (stop by anytime)
1218 Arch Street
If you care about bringing change to Philly, you'll want to meet these grassroots leaders. They include Ryan Harris, the founder of As I Plant This Seed, who provides life-changing after-school programs for youth in his neighborhood and Cleo Robinson, the founder of A Home from Shana Foundation, working to fight Black maternal mortality. Expect food, drinks, live music & hear from the leaders themselves!

Inclusive Transportation: Celebrating the Diverse Tapestry of America’s Biking Culture
Tue, Jun 20, 2023 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT [Zoom]
The United States is a diverse nation: however, the people responsible for creating our country’s transportation infrastructure have nearly always been White men. How can we confront this history of inequitable transportation and ensure that everyone in America is able to access transit systems and bike lanes?

A Prayer for Twitadelphia
Wednesday, June 21 · 7 - 9pm EDT
Pen & Pencil Club 1522 Latimer Street Philadelphia, PA 19102
Now that the primary is over, it's time to put the divisiveness of the election behind us and focus on what really matters - laughing at ourselves and making the City of Philadelphia an even better place to call home. That's why we're bringing together the most terminally online of this election cycle for a happy hour to raise some money for a good cause, all while highlighting the terrible political takes and laughable predictions from this cycle.

THE ENGINE INSIDE | Philadelphia Premiere (84 min) Hosted by Bicycle Film Festival & Philly Bike Expo
Thursday, June 29, 7:00PM
401 South Broad Street Philadelphia, PA 19102
The new documentary feature film, "The Engine Inside" tells the stories of six everyday people from all over the globe, who reveal the unique power of the bicycle to change lives and build a better world.







Norristown TCDI Survey
There are so many ways to get around Norristown, but how can we make it better for walkers and bicyclists? Fill out this Norristown Mobility Survey at the attached link and tell us! You have a chance to win a $25 gift card for participating.

SEPTA Spring 2023 Pulse Survey
The goal of the Pulse Survey is to help us better understand travel patterns and how your recent travel experiences on the system have gone. We plan on conducting this survey quarterly so we can track improvement over time.

T-SAP CCT Customer Satisfaction Survey
Thank you for your interest in sharing your feedback on SEPTA'S CCT Shared Ride Program. Results from this survey will help inform and enhance CARIE's transportation advocacy in Philadelphia on behalf of older adults. Survey responses are anonymous.

The Amtrak Bike Task Force wants to hear about your experience, whether good or bad, biking to or from an Amtrak station or taking your bike on Amtrak. Feel free to speak about a specific trip/route or share general feedback. As an outside advisory group, the task force will use your comments to inform our work advocating for changes within Amtrak.

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.


MedAssist is an innovative AI-powered web application designed to assist psychiatrists in selecting the most appropriate bipolar medication for first-time patients. This is a volunteer-driven open-source project under Code for Philly. Looking for the following volunteers:
Technical folks

  • Data scientists
  • AI/ML, full-stack, and backend developers
  • UX folks (researchers and designers)

Non-technical folks

  • Researchers (no specific skills required) to gather bipolar-related content from the internet, such as clinical trial reports, to feed the AI
  • Psychiatrists/Medication Prescribers to be Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) and help us get this thing right!
  • Anyone interested in mental health who thinks they could help

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