“Our administration believes the lynchpin for success as an age-friendly city is accessibility; access to anything and everything in which older people want to participate.” – Michael A. Nutter, Mayor, City of Philadelphia
To read more of what the Mayor has to say about an age-friendly Philadelphia, read more here.
What if City Hall could open its ears to many more people? Textizen asks questions on posters in public places, then collects citizen feedback via text message. Anyone with a minute and an opinion can reply.
Last Friday, the City of Philadelphia and Code for America began a pilot of Textizen, a new system for gathering community feedback to shape the city’s ongoing Comprehensive Plan, Philadelphia2035.
For four weeks this summer, residents and commuters in Philadelphia’s Center City and Lower Northeast will encounter posters that have been posted throughout the neighborhoods–bus and transit shelters, recreation centers, and other public places–that pose questions about the city’s transportation, recreation, and quality of life. Passersby respond to the questions via text message to a phone number displayed on each poster.
Staff from the Philadelphia City Planning Commission will access the feedback through a web application and use it to help shape recommendations in the Philadelphia2035 District Plans.
“We’re excited to pilot and prototype another civic engagement tool with Code for America,” said Mayor Michael A. Nutter. “Philadelphia is a two-time Code for America city and we have been experimenting with different tools to facilitate participatory and interactive connections between the public and government, including Change by Us Philly, Neighborhow, and now Textizen. Philadelphia has received multiple awards for being one of the most open and transparent city governments in the country, and this demonstrates our continued commitment to increasing citizen engagement.”
Submissions Sought from Artists 55+ for
PCA’s 2012 “Celebrate Arts and Aging” Exhibits
Artists age 55 and over are invited to submit artwork for exhibit as part of the 2012 “Celebrate Arts and Aging” festivities during Older Americans Month in May. Presented by Philadelphia Corporation for Aging, and supported in part by PECO, “Celebrate Arts and Aging” highlights older adults’ artistic talents and creativity with events held throughout the city during May. In addition, it offers older adults a host of opportunities to connect to arts activities that month, including discounts for many arts performances, museums and other cultural venues.
This is the 10th year for the celebration. Senior artwork will be exhibited at four sites this year, including Center on the Hill…the place for active adults in Chestnut Hill; the Klein JCC in Northeast Philadelphia; Independence Visitors Center in Old City; and Philadelphia Senior Center in Center City.
Photo or slides of artwork, accompanied by an art submission form, should be sent to Amanda Buonomo, PCA special events manager, at PCA, 642 North Broad St., Phila., PA 19130 by Wednesday, March 28. Artwork must have been created during the past three years. There is a limit of one submission per applicant. For more information on art submission criteria and an application to exhibit, visit www.pcaCares.org/SeniorArt, call 215-765- 9000, ext. 5052, or email email@example.com.
Of the nation’s 10 biggest cities, only Philadelphia has no taxicab that can give a lift to a person who uses a power chair.
Henry Gooden’s power chair died the other day on South 16th Street, about a half-mile short of his apartment in the Scottish Rite Towers.
He’d gone to Holt’s for a blend of pipe and cigarette tobacco that lets him roll his own smokes and save money on Newports.
When his chair ran out of juice, Gooden was outside the 274 Apartments. He figured he was stuck…
Then a passing cabbie told the men of a new player in town, a powder-blue and maroon Freedom Cab van, specially equipped for wheelchairs.
A few minutes later, Billy Goodman pulled up to the curb. In the front passenger seat rode Everett Abitbol, co-owner of the cab company. They opened the back gate, fastened two hooks to the front of Gooden’s chair, hit a switch, and drew him into the back of a new Toyota Sienna.
“I’m glad they came,” Gooden says of his Nov. 8 ordeal. “I’m glad they have the service.”
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Wednesday, December 7
9:00 – 11:00am
1616 Walnut Street
$15 for Cultural Alliance Members, $30 for Nonmembers
As 2011 winds down and preparations for the New Year begin, join the Cultural Alliance to think about the future and how forecasting can play a role in your organization.
What will it mean for arts and cultural organizations when 1 out of 5 Americans will be over the age of 65 in less than 25 years? Will increasing gas prices affect leisure time travel? What is the impact of changes in the distribution of wealth in America? We’ll discuss these questions and many more in this inquisitive session.
We’ll read about trends and what they might mean for not only society, but for cultural organizations, in Museums & Society 2034: Trends and Potential Futures from the Center for the Future of Museums. We’ll also re-examine some of the trends we reported on in Research Into Action: Pathways to New Opportunities. While we don’t have a crystal ball, we will share some techniques and exercises that can help free our imaginations to think creatively about our futures.
Space is limited, register at http://breakfastclubfuture.eventbrite.com
Breakfast Clubs are supported by The Wallace Foundation and The Philadelphia Foundation and are a program of the Cultural Alliance’s research and marketing initiative Engage 2020. Engage 2020 is sponsored by a lead grant from The Pew Charitable Trusts, with additional support from The Wallace Foundation and The Philadelphia Foundation.
The City of Philadelphia has launched a new Pedestrian Plaza Program to work with community organizations to convert and maintain underutilized street segments as public space. The application process will be discussed in detail at a series of pre-bid meetings, taking place on:
- August 10th (10 AM)
- August 24th (6 PM)
- August 31st (10 AM)
Interested parties MUST attend ONE of the three meetings. Proposals are due October 3rd.
Interested parties should:
- Submit all documentation through eContract Philly, the City’s online interface for RFP (non-bid contract) opportunities (instructions below).
- Review and Complete all program documents (listed and described below)
All application materials must be submitted through eContract Philly for the application to be considered complete. The RFP was posted last night and may take some time to fully upload, if you do not find the RFP, please check back later. Below are some useful tips for navigating the system. Detailed instructions are available online at www.phila.gov/contracts.
- The site requires that you use Internet Explorer as your web browser when navigating the site.
- Registration is required to use the site. To register, you must provide your organization’s Employer Identification number (EIN), or a social security number if your organization does not have an EIN.
- A valid email address is also required for registration, as your password for eContracts will be provided via email during the registration process.
- Application documents must be submitted in one of the following formats: Word (.doc), Excel (.xml), PDF, or ZIP.
- The application period ends at 5pm on the stated day of closing. This deadline is non-negotiable and the system will automatically prevent you from submitting materials later than 5pm on that date.
- • If you do not sign and submit your application through the online system, it will not be considered by the City of Philadelphia.
If you are experiencing difficulties using the system, email Ariel Ben-Amos (firstname.lastname@example.org) for assistance.
Successful submissions require the review and completion of the following documents. All documents are available through eContract Philly (and are attached to this email, including the RFP).
- Ped Plaza Guidelines: This document explains the steps of the process and details the roles and responsibilities of participating City agencies as well as applicants. Read it thoroughly to understand what additional information you may need to submit, above and beyond the Application Form.
- Ped Plaza Application Form: this form asks you for information about your organization, as well as general information about the proposed location, programming, and maintenance of the plaza.
- Ped Plaza Agreement Form: this form is a licensing and operating agreement between the applicant organization and the City of Philadelphia Streets Department which covers ownership, maintenance, user restrictions, and other legal issues pertaining to the establishment and operation of the Plaza. All program applicants will be asked to sign this form if they are selected.
For assistance during the process, please contact Ariel Ben-Amos at email@example.com or 215-686-9001.
During the weekend, GenPhilly was recognized by the National Association on Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) with an ‘Aging Innovations and Achievement Award’ for our efforts to make Philadelphia a lifelong community for all ages.
Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) was also honored for its Age-friendly Philadelphia initiative for improving the quality of community living. Age-friendly activities include increasing city-wide walkability, improving accessibility of housing and fostering community engagement for all residents in Philadelphia.
The awards were presented at n4a’s annual conference.
For more information about this award, visit www.n4a.org.