Newsletter: 🤝 FTWNB Urbanist Meetup Next Week / ✨ May 5th Square Meetup / 🚏 New Intercity Bus Terminal

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 277


Calling all Femme, Trans, Women, and Non-Binary (FTWNB) urbanists!  Join us for a meetup at Indy Hall's 4th Floor Skyroom, May 9th at 6pm. 

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Join 5th Square organizers and volunteers for an informal, in-person meet-up over at Resurrection Philadelphia’s Annex on May on May 16th at 6PM! This is an indoor/outdoor, family-friendly event and light refreshments and pizza will be served.


Philadelphia's intercity bus terminal may be moving again. OTIS has shared plans to move it by Labor Day from its current location at Front and Spring Garden.

The current plan is to move it to an Old City parking garage on 2nd between Chestnut and Walnut as an additional "pilot" location until a permanent location can be found.

Source: Google Street View

Read the latest about the potential new location in Billy Penn: As the bus turns: New proposal for intercity bus stop is Old City parking garage


✍️ Historic District Petitions

5th Square opposes the proposed historic districts in Washington Square West and Spruce Hill because we believe they will raise rents by restricting the development of new housing as well as increase costs for existing homeowners by making home repairs more complicated, expensive, and time-intensive. We are instead calling to preserve historically significant buildings with individual historic designations. Learn more and sign the petitions:

Several parking lots in Washington Square West that would be protected as "contributing" properties by the proposed historic district

🏫 Support Student SEPTA Passes

The School District of Philadelphia gives SEPTA passes to certain students if they live far enough away from their school. A student concerned that this places an unfair financial burden on some families has set up a petition to call for free SEPTA passes for all students regardless of where they live. Sign the petition here.

🚲 Withdraw the Bike Lane Parking Permits on Spruce and Pine Streets

Ever used the bike lanes on Spruce and Pine Streets on a weekend? You might have noticed that the bike lanes turn into a parking lot due to an arrangement the city has with nearby houses of worship to allow parking in the bike lane. This practice creates a dangerous situation for those using the bike lane, and it may even be illegal. Join Philly Bike Action in signing their petition and calling to end this dangerous practice.

⛲ Fairmount Park Centennial Subdistrict Design Plan Survey

Philadelphia Parks and Recreation is redesigning the Centennial District of Fairmount Park and is looking for feedback. The survey proposes several plans with different road designs and a reduction in road miles through the park, so respond to the survey to indicate your support for the plans which deemphasize the role of cars in Fairmount Park and reorient it as a space for humans.

🚌 Support SEPTA Bus Revolution

Buses are a vital lifeline for getting folks around Philly, with many neighborhoods completely reliant on this service being fast, frequent, and reliable. SEPTA’s Bus Revolution would make buses more useful for more people by redesigning its entire bus network which would result in over a million more people gaining access to frequent bus routes.

Learn more about why we support Bus Revolution and sign our petition in support.

💸 Support SEPTA Funding

Governor Shapiro has announced that he plans to direct $282 million in sales tax revenue to SEPTA and other PA transit agencies. This will cover a significant portion of SEPTA's deficit, but we must keep up the fight ensure Governor Shapiro's proposed funding comes through and to find an additional funding source to cover the remaining deficit.

You can help by signing this petition, and reaching out to elected officials.

🛣️ Stop I-95 Expansion

PennDOT is planning to expand I-95 in Center City and South Philly by adding lanes and new ramps. This will threaten the well-being of our neighborhoods by worsening air quality, increasing noise pollution, and harming our access to the waterfront.

Join us in telling PennDOT that highway expansion has no place in the core of Philadelphia by signing our petition.


Mo’ Money Mo’ Service Rally+Lobby Day
Tuesday, April 30, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM | State Capitol
Join Transit for All PA in Harrisburg to urge state politicians to connect our communities and pass the first increase to transit funding in over a decade

Wednesday Night Ride: First Day of Bike Month with Indego
May 1 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm | Art Museum

Take the Lane 2024
Thursday, May 2, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM | Center for DesignPhiladelphia
On May 2, StreetBoxPHL, the Community Design Collaborative, and other advocates will high-light three new public space proposals, and three new policy proposals that will bring equity and innovation to city streets.

WEBINAR: City Limits: Infrastructure, Inequality, and the Future of America’s Highways
May 7, 2:00 PM | Virtual
Join journalist Megan Kimble as she shares insights on the freeway fighting movement from her new book, City Limits: Infrastructure, Inequality, and the Future of America’s Highways.

FTWNB Urbanist Meetup
May 9, 6pm – 8pm | Indy Hall, 709 N 2nd St
Calling all Femme, Trans, Women, and Non-Binary (FTWNB) urbanists! Join us for a meetup. We want to create a space that's inviting and safe for non-cis men to participate and chat about Philadelphia's urbanist issues important to you!

Ride of Silence
Wednesday, May 15; Details TBD
A ride to honor the cyclists killed or injured by motorists in and around Philadelphia. This ride happens rain or shine.

Bikeout: Philly to Schwenksville
May 25 - May 26 | Philadelphia Museum of Art
A celebration of Philadelphia's beautiful trails, this ride will travel from the Museum of Art along scenic waterways to a summer camp in Montgomery County.

BikeJC Jersey City Ward Tour
June 2nd, 11am rollout | Jersey City
The Jersey City Ward Tour is Bike JC's largest event, with 3,000 cyclists taking a 15 mile ride through all of Jersey City's wards.








Philadelphia Housing Development Corp.

Transit App / Growth, SEO & ASO

East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District / Executive Director

Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia

Philadelphia Corporation for Aging / Quality Improvement Analyst

City of Philadelphia


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