Newsletter: PennDOT's Role in Philadelphia's High Injury Network of Streets


5th Square's mission is to achieve a more accessible, sustainable, and equitable Philadelphia for all residents through better mobility, public space, and built environment policies. The upcoming 2019 City Council election can be a watershed moment to make this mission a political reality.

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Saturday, February 16th, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Free Library - Philadelphia: The Changing City Community Day
Join your neighbors at Parkway Central Library for an afternoon of adult-focused programs, as well as activities for children, while connecting with our vibrant city's past, present, and future in novel ways. This event is inspired by the Free Library's newest exhibition, PHILADELPHIA: THE CHANGING CITY. Images of the city drawn from 300 years of prints, photographs, documents, and maps reveal the planned and unplanned changes that have affected Philadelphia's landscape, its buildings, and its inhabitants.

Wednesday, February 20, 7:30 p
GRASP - 2nd District City Council: Q&A and Meet-and-Greet

Hosted by Grassroots Advocacy for South Philadelphia, the first 2nd District Council forum is scheduled for 2/20 at Guerin Rec Center, featuring Democrats Kenyatta Johnson and Lauren Vidas. 


Mondays and Wednesdays, March 4 – April 3, 6 pm - 8 pm
Preservation Alliance: Building Philadelphia Speaker Series

The Preservation Alliance presents a 10-part series with local architects, urban planners, archaeologists, and historians exploring the political, economic, and design trends that drove Philadelphia’s development. Topics include major urban planning projects such as the Ben Franklin Parkway and Society Hill, Philadelphia's varied architectural styles, and immigrant history.

Saturday, March 30, 9 am - 5:30 pm 
TransportationCamp PHL 2019

Organized by Young Professionals in Transportation, Women’s Transportation Seminar, and Drexel University, TransportationCamp is a day filled with ideas at the intersection of transportation, technology, and urbanism. The participant-driven conference series follows the “unconference” format, lending itself to a more pertinent, thought-provoking, and active event.



Inga Saffron, in an excellent article for the Inquirer, looks at Philadelphia's current mid-block crosswalks, its growing inclusion in recent commercial developments, and cites 5th Square's advocacy efforts for more of these crossings in Fishtown and University City. We applaud these efforts to give priority to and an provide some safety to pedestrians as they navigate our treacherous city streets, and believe the City's Streets Department can do a better job in thinking about pedestrians in its road design.

5th Square's very own Aaron Bauman penned a piece for the Inquirer looking at Philly's self-designated "High Injury Network" of streets and its weakest link: PennDOT streets. In our examination of the High Injury Network, we have found that users are six times more likely to be killed or severely injured on a PennDOT street! In order for us to truly achieve Vision Zero, we need Governor Wolf, PennDot Secretary Leslie Richards, and state legislators to do their part and lead in fundamentally redefining our road priorities.

Also on the street safety front, NBC10 Philadelphia came out with a shocking examination of our city's epidemic of hit-and-runs, and has shown police respond to these incidents nearly 40 times a day!  The sheer number of hit-and-run incidents have been overwhelming the resources of police department investigators and have stunted their ability to track down suspects. The most vulnerable population to these crimes are pedestrians and bicyclists who have recently seen an uptick in traffic fatalities in 2018.

PlanPhilly writes about 3rd District Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell's role in stalling a major city development at 4601 Market Street to help developer Michael Karp, a charter school owner and campaign contributor to Blackwell. The former Provident Mutual Life Insurance building is slated to become a health campus and has broad support of most of the interest groups in her district and of local neighborhood organizations. Blackwell has held her West Philadelphia Council seat for decades, but this year she faces a primary challenge from Jamie Gauthier.



The City's Office of Transportation, Infrastructure, & Sustainability (OTIS) runs the Philly Free Streets initiative and put out an RFP for businesses to help expand the program.

Philadelphia's Parks and Recreation is seeking a community engagement manager

University City Science Center is hiring a Development Manager

Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission is seeking Planner/Research Analyst, Transportation Planner for Freight and Aviation Programs, and a Traffic Counting Technician.

PA State Senator Art Haywood, based in Mt. Airy and Abington, is seeking a District Represenative

NV5 consultants is seeking an Active Transportation Civil Engineer

The Pew Charitable Trusts is hiring a Coordinator for its Philadelphia Program

WHYY's PlanPhilly is looking to hire a reporter providing daily coverage of Philadelphia's planning and development news

The City of Philadelphia opened its application period for Recreation Leader Trainee

The J.M.K. Innovation Prize seeks non-profit and mission-driven for-profit organizations who are spearheading early-stage projects in the fields of the environment, heritage conservation, and social justice. In 2019, J.M.K. will award up to ten Prizes, each including a cash award of $150,000 over three years, plus $25,000 for project expenses, for a total award of $175,000.

CityWide Stories is seeking writers, photographers, and a social media coordinator (part time).

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