University City District Blog

Aug 24, 2015 4 days ago

Distrito Unveils Revamped First Floor Concept

Local restaurant Distrito has unveiled a new look and concept for its University City (3945 Chestnut) location with the addition of Distrito Taquería. The two-story establishment has split its concept, and its menu, in two, with the first floor now offering more affordable offerings inspired by the rich street food heritage of Mexico city's taco shops, featuring $3.50 tacos, $9.50 burritos, and $9.50 quesadillas. Each meal comes with a choice of nine fillings, ranging from al pastor and ropa vieja to cabrito (goat barbacoa) and tofu chorizo.

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Aug 20, 2015 8 days ago

WPSI Recruiting Customer Service Professionals for Allied Barton

Now Recruiting Customer Service Professionals for Allied Barton!

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Aug 11, 2015 17 days ago

Preparing for the Papal Visit

Pope Francis' visit to Philadelphia on September 26th and 27th for the Festival of Families and the Papal Mass on the Parkway will have a profound impact on the city of Philadelphia. UCD is working with Amtrak, SEPTA, the Philadelphia Police, and our local partners, institutions, and businesses to stay abreast of the ways the Pope's visit will affect our neighborhood.

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Aug 03, 2015 25 days ago

Looking Back at Four Years of Parklets

University City District installed the city's first Parklet's four years ago today on August 3, 2011. Since then, tens of thousands of people have enjoyed these public spaces. UCD's Parklets are small, temporary parks that replace a few parking spots with space for the entire community to enjoy. We measured their impact in an extensive report released during the spring of 2015. 

See our six Parklets: 

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Jul 28, 2015 31 days ago

The 40th Street Summer Series Returns August 29th with Sun Ra Arkestra

We are pleased to announce the schedule for the remaining Summer Series events. Mark your calendars today!

  • Saturday, August 29th: Sun Ra Arkestra w/ South Pacific Island Dancers
  • Saturday, September 19th: BalletX (Rescheduled!)
  • Saturday, October 3rd: A Screening of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, with special archaeology display from the Penn Museum 
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Jul 28, 2015 31 days ago

Visit the Clark Park Farmers' Market Every Thursday and Saturday

UCD, working with Friends of Clark Park and The Food Trust, brings the Clark Park Farmers' Market to 43rd and Baltimore Avenue every Saturday from 10am-2pm throughout the year, and on Thursday afternoons from May through Thanksgiving from 3-7pm.  

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Jul 28, 2015 31 days ago

The Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll Returns Thursday, September 17

University City District (UCD), together with the Baltimore Avenue Business Association (BABA), is excited to announce the second and final Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll of the season on Thursday, September 17 from 5:30 to 8:30pm. University City’s Baltimore Avenue between 43rd and 51st Street will showcase its charm and businesses with $1 bargains from standout neighborhood business. From $1 pours of craft beers to ethnic bites to special memberships and ticket offers, this West Philadelphia event has something for everyone.

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Jul 20, 2015 39 days ago

University City District and SHIFT_DESIGN Install Philadelphia's Largest Parklet

UCD and Shift_Design have collaborated to install a new Parklet in University City. UCD’s Parklets – the innovative, temporary seating platforms that provide residents and visitors with a space to take in the area’s lively streetscape—are landscaped with planters and a decorative railing, furnished with movable café tables and chairs, and add a distinct vibrancy to the neighborhood. The Parklet at 125 S.

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Jul 20, 2015 39 days ago
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40th Street Summer Festival Saturday, July 25

The University of Pennsylvania, The Rotunda, and University City District (UCD) are teaming up to bring a slate of free entertainment to the beautiful green space just behind the Walnut Street Free Library at 40th and Walnut Streets. On Saturday, July 25th, we are teaming with the University of Pennsylvania and the Rotunda to transform the green space behind the Walnut Street Free Library at 40th and Walnut into a free, family-friendly evening of entertainment for the entire community to enjoy.

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Jul 13, 2015 46 days ago

Win Great Prizes When University City Dining Days Returns July 16-26

University City District is pleased to announce the return of University City Dining Days, its popular “3 courses, 3 prices” promotion. Thirty-three of University City’s most popular dining destinations – including six restaurants participating for the first time—will offer a pre-fixe three-course dinner special for $15, $25 or $35. The discounted price points make dining at multiple restaurants during the promotion an affordable option.

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Jul 01, 2015 58 days ago

Free Outdoor Movies in Clark Park

We are excited to announce that free movies will return to Clark Park at the end of the summer! UCD, in partnership with Philadelphia Parks and Recreation and Friends of Clark Park, is set to present five weeks of unique, crowd-pleasing films to help liven up summer nights in West Philadelphia. Clark Park (4398 Chester Ave) will transform into an outdoor amphitheater to showcase a great lineup of films projected on a giant 32-ft screen in yet another signature event from UCD.

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Jun 16, 2015 2 months ago

Over 30 Businesses to Feature $1 Items For June 25th Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll

The Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll returns this Thursday, June 25 from 5:30 to 8:30pm! University City’s Baltimore Avenue between 43rd and 51st Street will showcase its charm and businesses with one-night-only $1 bargains from neighborhood standouts Gold Standard, Dock Street Brewery, and Little Baby’s Ice Cream, as well as wares from newcomers Café Renata, 8 Limbs Academy, Spirited Tattooing, and Penn Café and Pizzeria. 

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May 05, 2015 3 months ago

Unveiling Plans for Porch 2.0

Since its introduction in late 2011, the Porch at 30th Street Station has become one of Philadelphia’s most vibrant public spaces, with amenities such as flexible seating, seasonal horticulture, and performances.

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Apr 29, 2015 3 months ago

Dangerous Intersection at Baltimore & Springfield Gets a Makeover

The intersection of Baltimore Ave. & Springfield Ave.

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Apr 22, 2015 4 months ago

Celebrate Composting and Gardening at UCD’s Dirt Day on May 2nd!

Give your garden a boost with some high quality organic compost. UCD’s Dirt Factory will be distributing up to 10 gallons per person of screened compost produced from University City’s fallen leaves and food scraps. Take a tour of The Dirt Factory, pick up a free vegetable or herb transplant, and stay for a great workshop on composting and urban soils.

Workshops: 11AM – 12PM: Composting for Everyone

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Apr 15, 2015 4 months ago

Parklets Return to University City With Help From the West Philadelphia Skills Initiative

This week University City District is working to install our popular Parklets, the innovative, temporary seating platforms that provide residents and visitors with a space to take in the area’s lively streetscape. UCD’s Parklets are landscaped with planters and a decorative railing, furnished with movable café tables and chairs, and add a distinct vibrancy to the neighborhood.

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Apr 13, 2015 4 months ago

Announcing Return Dates for Dining Days, 40th Street Summer Series, and Dollar Stroll

We excited to announce dates for the return of three of its signature events: University City Dining Days, the 40th Street Summer Series, and the Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll.

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Mar 31, 2015 4 months ago

The Porch Receives National Planning Achievement Award from The American Planning Association

This morning, The Porch at 30th Street Station was one of twelve recipients to receive an Achievement Award from the American Planning Association (APA). 

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Mar 27, 2015 5 months ago

UCD Preparing Welcome Mat for Upcoming Tourist Influxes

Daily News reporter Ronnie Polaneczky wrote of the decision to hold the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia: “Stuff tends to get fixed at my house when we know company’s coming… Well, Philly, company is coming.”

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