Newsletter: 🎉 New Year, New Mayor / 🔮 5th Square in 2024 / 🧭 Volunteer Orientation

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 260


As our new mayor and city councilmembers are sworn in today, we want to wish them the best of luck in representing Philadelphians and working to improve our city. We look forward to working with them to address the issues facing Philadelphia and seeing what new ideas they bring to City Hall.

🔮 5TH SQUARE IN 2024

We have a big agenda planned for 2024, here's a peak at what's on our mind for the coming year:

  • We will continue to push the city towards a permanent, accessible, and indoor inter-city bus terminal so riders of Greyhound and other bus lines will have a sheltered place to wait in our nation’s sixth largest city.

  • We will push for transit funding from the statehouse as part of Transit for All PA.

  • We also have a fight on our hands as PennDOT is planning on spending millions to widen I-95 in Center City and South Philly to further enshrine our region in car dependency.

  • We will join with many many other partners in pushing for statewide zoning reform by signing onto the PA Housing Choices Coalition.

  • There are great, transformative upcoming SEPTA initiatives as well in wayfinding, Reimagining Regional Rail and Trolley Modernization.

  • Of course, next year (and every year) is an election year, with important PA Senate and House races coming up. We are on the hunt for the next round of urbanist champions to support. Join 5th Square to vote on our endorsements!


Want to become more involved in advocating for urbanist causes in 2024? Become a 5th Square volunteer!

We will be hosting a volunteer orientation on January 29th which will be a great way to lean how you can get involved as a volunteer. We hope to see you at this meeting, but if you can't make it, don't fret! There will be a similar meetings in subsequent months.


The Inquirer's Daniel Pearson writes that his wish for 2024 is to see the Roosevelt Blvd subway become a reality.

What I wish for in 2024: The Roosevelt Boulevard subway

"I realize a subway line may not seem as consequential a thing to wish for as an end to international wars or bridging the political divide at home. But for Philadelphia, a Roosevelt Boulevard subway line would be transformational." -Daniel Pearson


Philly Bike Party No Fear Ride
January 6 at 8:00pm, Art Museum Steps
No Fear, 2024’s here! Join our annual cosmic burn party with a ride that leads to a fire in the woods! Bring something to burn ... perhaps a fear that you want to burn in the new year, or something from 2023 that you want to permanently leave behind by setting it ablaze!

5th Square Volunteer Orientation
January 29, 2024 at 12:30pm – 1:30pm, Virtual
Attend our virtual volunteer orientation meeting. At this meeting, we will:

  1. Introduce our organization and recent campaigns.
  2. Onboard folks with our tech.
  3. Discuss and brainstorm upcoming 5th Square priorities and and volunteer opportunities.








Community Spark Grants
In 2024, the League’s Bicycle Friendly America program will award Community Spark Grants, of $1,500 each, to 15 organizations for projects and programs that spark change and catalyze a community’s ability to create places where bicycling is a safe, easy, and more accessible option. Deadline February 1, 2024 at 5pm ET


Clean Air Council / Policy Coordinator


Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia

CRC Watersheds / Director of Giving and Outreach

Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership / Philadelphia Stewardship Assistant 

SEPTA / Project Manager

Councilman-Elect Jeffery Young's Office / Legislative Aide

Delaware Greenways / Trail Project Coordinator

City of Philadelphia

Philadelphia Housing Development Corp / Housing Rehabilitation Inspector III

Mayor-Elect Cherelle Parker's Office / Open Application

Councilmember-Elect Nicolas O'Rourke's Office / Open Application

WHYY / Transportation Reporter

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