University City District Blog

Nov 12, 2015 15 days ago

Don't Miss a Neighborhood Cleanup on 12/5

You're invited to help with a neighborhood-wide cleaning effort on Saturday, December 5th. UCD encourages everyone to step outside and clean up where you live, work, learn or play. This can be outside your home, office or school, in a nearby park, or an empty lot. Even the smallest effort can make a big difference.

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Nov 11, 2015 16 days ago

UCD Releases Two New Neighborhood Guides

UCD is pleased to announce the arrival of two new resources that will help visitors and residents alike take advantage of all that the neighborhood has to offer.

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Nov 03, 2015 24 days ago

Improvements to 40th Street MFL Station

A local subway stop is set for an upgrade. On Monday, November 2nd, SEPTA held a groundbreaking ceremony for the 40th Street Station stop on the Market-Frankford line, which will receive a significant upgrade featuring new headhouses, improved lighting, and two elevators. 

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Oct 08, 2015 50 days ago

Lisa Weselchuk Exhibits Indoors and Outdoors at AIRSpace Gallery

AIRSpace Gallery and 40th Street Artists-In-Residence Studios, 4007 Chestnut Street, will present two exhibitions by photographer Lori Waselchuk based on her current documentary project, Them That Do, an ongoing portrait series and multimedia project about local block captains. AIRSpace Gallery will show Block Party, an exhibition of new work by Lori Waselchuk, October 11 – November 1, 2015. In conjunction with her solo show,

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Oct 02, 2015 56 days ago

October Events at the Porch

Check out what's happening this October at the Porch, including a special performance by members of the Philadelphia Orchestra!


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Sep 29, 2015 59 days ago

Unveiling Major Enhancement to Market St. Bridge

Partnering with Center City District (CCD) and the Schuylkill River Development Corporation (SRDC), University City District has delivered a major enhancement to the Market Street Bridge, one of the key gateways between University City and Center City.

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Sep 11, 2015 2 months ago

September Events at the Porch

Check out the schedule of events for September at the Porch! 

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Sep 02, 2015 2 months ago

The Porch Adds Custom Swings from Gehl Studio

On the heels of a major site enhancement in May, which included elements designed by Groundswell Design Group and a new food and beverage partnership with restaurateur Michael Schulson, comes the next signature upgrade to the Porch in the form of unique, vibrant, and custom-made swings from Gehl Studio.

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Aug 24, 2015 3 months 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 3 months ago

WPSI Recruiting Customer Service Professionals for Allied Barton

Now Recruiting Customer Service Professionals for Allied Barton!

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Aug 11, 2015 3 months 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 3 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months ago

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 4 months 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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