University City District Blog

Mar 27, 2015 3 days 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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Mar 23, 2015 6 days ago

Spring 2015 New Business Spotlight

University City remains a hot spot to open a new business. Here's a short sampling of some of the businesses that have opened their doors in the past six months. 

Name: 48th Street Grille

Location: 310 S 48th Street

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Mar 12, 2015 18 days ago

Bus Seats Have Arrived in University City

We're pleased to share with you the creation and installation of the first of three planned custom bus seats at 36th and Lancaster Avenue. These new seats, designed to provide seating and information to passengers waiting for public transit, are the latest in a series of social seats designed to be functional, versatile, and unique to University City.

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Mar 03, 2015 26 days ago

UCD Releases Report on Parklets

We are very happy to share with you the release of our report The Case for Parklets: Measuring the Impact on Sidewalk Vitality and Neighborhood Businesses. In 2011, UCD, working with the City of Philadelphia, installed the city’s first Parklets. These temporary seating platforms created an extension of the sidewalk by replacing one or two parking spaces with a small new park.

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Feb 16, 2015 42 days ago

Congratulating our WPSI Valet Program Graduates!

On Friday, February 13th, 16 members of our latest training cohort graduated from the program and got one step closer to landing jobs as valet drivers with one of the largest parking management companies in North America. During the two-week session, the group learned valuable lessons in customer service, job interviews, financial responsibility, and resume writing. 

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Feb 10, 2015 48 days ago

Bike News in Philadelphia

It's a good time to be a bicyclist in Philadelphia. We are getting closer to the launch of Indego, the new bike share program set to debut this spring, and groups like the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia are pushing for legislation to improve safety for the thousands of bike riders throughout the city. To that end, if you are interested in safe and accessible modes of transportation in Philadelphia, save the date for a mayoral forum on March 19th, from 6-8pm at Friends Center, 1501 Cherry Street.

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Jan 26, 2015 2 months ago

Recapping Artist Hunter Franks' Visit to the Porch at 30th Street

In August, artist Hunter Franks earned a grant from the Knight Foundation to embark on a four-city tour with the goal of finding innovative and creative ways to engage communities by fostering connections among people who ordinarily might have little contact with each other. Included among the four cities Franks visited was a three-week stint in Philadelphia. While here, Franks partnered with both the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program and us here at UCD for two projects in West Philadelphia.

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Jan 15, 2015 2 months ago

Come Learn about Plans for 30th Street Station on Wednesday, January 28th

On Wednesday, January 28, join Amtrak and its community partners, including University City District, for an open house detailing plans for the area around 30th Street Station. The program, running from 4-7 pm, will offer an opportunity for interested parties to learn about the project, meet the team, ask questions and contribute to the process.

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Dec 02, 2014 3 months ago

Help UCD Build a Healthier Community with PlayStreets

We are thrilled to announce that on Tuesday, December 2, University City received an IMPACT Award from GSK US. As a winner, we’ve been invited to participate in an additional GSK US #GivingTuesday challenge to answer the question, “How would you use $10,000 to build a healthier community?"

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Oct 28, 2014 5 months ago

Changes Coming to Leaf Clean-Up in University City: Make Sure Your Leaves Get Recycled this Fall

Fall is a beautiful time to live in University City. We are lucky to have a stunning canopy of trees, and watching the leaves turn helps announce the true arrival of autumn to the area. Of course, with changing leaves comes major clean-up duties this time of year, and we have recently learned of some changes to the City of Philadelphia's leaf recycling program. Please read below for important details on how to keep your leaves out of the landfill this year:

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Sep 29, 2014 5 months ago

Help Select Bike Share Locations in University City

Bike sharing is coming to Philadelphia. Beginning in the spring of 2015, Philadelphia will join cities such as DC, New York, Boston, and Chicago by offering bike sharing, which will allow users to check a bike from out from a station, take a quick trip, and return the bike to any other station in the system.

Because they are still in the planning stages, the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities is seeking the public’s help in picking 60 station locations before the program launches next spring.

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Sep 10, 2014 6 months ago

University City District Awarded Grant from PECO for 40th Street Trolley Portal

We are pleased to announce that University City District has been awarded a $6,500 grant from PECO and Natural Lands Trust as part of their Green Region Open Space Program. University City was one of only five nonprofit organizations in the Greater Philadelphia region to receive funds from PECO’s municipal open space and environmental grant program, which has awarded nearly $1.4 million for more than 180 projects since its inception in 2004.

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Sep 05, 2014 6 months ago

Help Us Choose a Location for our Tree Seat!

You helped us select between The Will and the Carlton, now we need your input on where to put our Tree Seats! In the comments below, suggest a location within the University City boundary (see map).

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Aug 28, 2014 7 months ago

Job Alert! Our West Philadelphia Skills Initiative Program is Seeking Unit Clerks

Our West Philadelphia Skills Initiative Program is offering a great chance for qualified residents of West Philadelphia seeking jobs in healthcare.

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Aug 20, 2014 7 months ago

The People Have Spoken! We Have a Winner in our Tree Seat Contest


When working on the design of Tree Seats, UCD’s next seating project, we asked ourselves, what do people want in an outdoor seat? Through observations of our public spaces and their users we have found that people like choices, they like safety, they like a good view, and in our hot Philadelphia summers, people seek shade. This is well-represented with the design theory called Prospect-Refuge, which concludes we seek places that allow us to observe our surroundings and provide us a sense of comfort and protection.

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Jul 25, 2014 8 months ago

What's happening at Woodland Green?

Nearly two years ago, UCD, in partnership with the City of Philadelphia and the University of the Sciences, created Woodland Green, a new pedestrian plaza at the intersection of 42nd St. & Woodland Ave. The idea behind the plaza was to turn the underused street segment connecting 42nd & Woodland Ave. into a green and shady respite for people and wildlife, including the many bees drawn to the native plantings. We set out to beautify the intersection, create a new public space, and reduce stormwater runoff.

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