Newsletter 99½: ☃️ 5th Square Holiday Party on 12/18 ❄️ Get Discounted Tickets Today! 🏆 1st Annual Urbanist Awards, 🚗🚗 The Free Holiday Parking Fallacy 🚗🚗

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 99½


Get your tickets today for our 2019 Holiday Party + Awards Ceremony

Join 5th Square for a fun year-end Holiday Party at Radio Kismet (448 N. 10th St.) on Wednesday, December 18th from 6 - 9 PM, where we'll be kicking off our inaugural Urbanist Awards ceremony!

Come celebrate with other Philadelphia built environment activists, neighborhood and community leaders, architects, planners, builders, and sustainability advocates at the urbanist holiday party of the season!

Tickets start at $25 (will be $30 at the door), drinks and light fare included.

We'll also be announcing the winners of our first annual Urbanist Awards at this year's party. 

Our awards committee sorted through 93 total submissions from our members and newsletter readers, and we narrowed them down to three finalists in the following categories:

🚍 Urbanist Changemaker of the Year
Jamie Gauthier
Katrina Johnston-Zimmerman
Megan Ryerson

🛴 City Staffer of the Year
Corey Bell
Jeannette Brugger
Aaron Ritz

🚲 Neighborhood RCO Champion
Sarah Anton (Passyunk Square Civic Association)
Lorraine Gomez (Viola Street Residents Association)
Larissa Mogano (Cobbs Creek Neighbors Association)

🏙️ Best Development of the Year
Banca Calabrese, 630-638 Christian Street (Lily Development)
Schaeffer School,4701 Germantown Avenue (Philly Office Retail)
Theatre Exile, 1340 S 13th St (Center City Development)

🚇 Urbanist Media Champion
Jason Laughlin (Inquirer)
Ariella Cohen/PlanPhilly
Inga Saffron (Inquirer)

💩 NIMBY Anti-Hero
Society Hill Civic Association
The Philadelphia School
Bart Blatstein

Come party with this year's finalists and see who wins next Wednesday, December 18th!


Tuesday, December 10th, 1:30 - 2:30 PM
Cleaning the Chestnut Street Bike Lane
The Chestnut Street protected bike lane is full of trash and leaves. We want it clean, so volunteers from the Bicycle Coalition are going to clean it! Meeting at Chestnut Street bike lane at 45th Street. Please join if you can!

Thursday, December 12th, 5:30 - 7:30 PM
Planning for All: Looking at Planning Applied to Other Professional Fields
The Intersection of Planning and Other Fields: A look at how other fields shape, influence and use planning techniques. Join DVRPC’s PPTF in a panel discussion with public health, air quality, and philanthropy experts as they share their experiences of using planning tools or training in their work.

Thursday, December 12th, 6 - 9 PM
Holiday Lights Ride 2019
Join the Bicycle Coalition on their Annual Holiday Lights Ride! Starting at Transport Cycles at the Bok Building at 5:30, and the ride will roll out at 6pm.

Wednesday, December 18th, 6 - 9 PM
*** 5th Square's 2019 Holiday Party + Awards Ceremony ***
Join us for a fun year-end Holiday Party at Radio Kismet on Wednesday, December 18th from 6:00 to 9:00 PM, where we'll be kicking off our inaugural Urbanist Awards ceremony!

Wednesday, December 18th, 5:30 - 7 PM
YPTalking Transportation- Buses Edition
Introducing YPT's newest quarterly event, the YPTalking Transportation meet-up at Writer's Block Rehab!



Bart Blatstein’s Wawa on the waterfront met with significant community and activist opposition at its last Zoning Board Meeting.  Plain and simple: our waterfront space is too precious to build suburban-style car sewers.

The ZBA postponed a final decision on the development and set Jan. 21 as the next hearing on the project.

Philly Mag asks what we have been asking for years: Will Philly Ever Get Its Act Together on Street Sweeping?


In this article, we point out that street sweeping is actually a time-honored tradition that we have most-recently abandoned.

Citing our editorial from the 2018 holiday season, the Pittsburgh City Paper examines its City's practice of free holiday parking and whether or not it truly benefits the city.

In October, Mayor Kenney and several high-profile city officials paid a trip to Copenhagen, Denmark to continue developing strategies around the global climate emergency. As a follow-up, the delegation spoke to a about their lessons learned and their inspirations from the trip.

We hope these City officials truly learned a lot from this trip and applies the practices from this high-functioning city to our similarly-sized hometown.

When West Philly's Cedar Park Neighbors started a transportation committee, they held a survey to take the community's pulse on big-picture issues.

Local Stories We're Reading:

The Philadelphia Inquirer: Council is trying to modernize Philly’s tax abatement. Here are five better ways. | Inga Saffron

The Philadelphia Inquirer: Philly’s trash truck drivers crashed 2,000 times, avoided discipline and cost taxpayers millions

The Philadelphia Inquirer: When did Society Hill become a city state unto itself? | Inga Saffron

WHYY: Study - 41% of Philly area renters live in houses that need repair

Philadelphia Magazine: How the City Could Influence the Future of the PES Refinery Site

WHYY: Shopping in Center City is actually thriving amid fears of a ‘retail apocalypse’


Knight Foundation opened a new call for ideas exploring transformational ways data can be used to build stronger, thriving and more engaged communities. Knight’s Lilian Coral shares details below. See the press release here and view a recording of their informational webinar here

Now through December 13, Knight Foundation is seeking ideas that develop innovative approaches to this question: In what new ways can we transform how data is collected and used to build stronger, thriving, and more engaged communities? The call offers recipients a share of up to $1 million in funding.

DVRPC's Public Participation Task Force Application is Due December 22nd! Interested in becoming a member of the PPTF? You can apply online. Applications are due by December 22nd to be a part of the next group of new members coming on board in 2020.


Onion Flats Architecture is seeking to fill an immediate opening for a highly motivated Project Architect

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) is seeking to hire a Capital Grants Specialist

The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) is hiring a Transportation Modeler / Analyst

NACTO is hiring 1) Director of Engagement, 2) Program Manager, Design Education, 3) Sr. Communications Associate, GDCI

DART First State is seeking a Business Analyst & a Strategic Planner

ApostropheCMS is seeking a Marketing Manager

Montgomery County, PA is seeking a Planner and a Section Chief of Trails

City Councilmember-elect Kendra Brooks is seeking staff.

BridgePoint Associates, a housing development nonprofit, is seeking a Chief Executive Officer

Michael Baker International is seeking a Public Engagement Specialist

The University of Pennsylvania is hiring a Senior Writer, Special Projects, reporting directly to the Executive Director for Strategy, Engagement and Campaign.

South Philly Food Co-op is hiring for all managerial roles

Friends of the Rail Park is seeking an Executive Director

The Economy League is seeking a Business Engagement Manager, a Civic Impact Program Manager, and a Director, Greater Philadelphia Leadership Exchange

The City of Philadelphia's Commerce Dept is seeking a Program Manager, CDC Programs.  The Program Manager is an integral part of the Commerce Department’s Office of Neighborhood Economic Development (ONED).

Playworks is seeking a Development Manager

The Kensington Corridor Trust seeks an Executive Director

Benefits Data Trust (BDT) seeks a Chief of Staff

The School District of Philadelphia's Office of Capital Programs (OCP) is seeking a Construction Coordinator

Tiny WPA is growing and is hiring for three positions: Lead Fabricator, Building Hero Project Manager, Part-Time Fabricator

PennFuture is seeking a Director of Civic Engagement.

Independence Public Media is seeking a Communications and Events Manager

Project for Public Spaces is seeking a Managing Director of Programs & Projects


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