University City District Blog

Jun 20, 2016 7 days ago

UCD Needs Your Help to Improve Bike Parking in University City

Nowhere to park your bike? UCD wants to help. UCD is crowdsourcing photos showing overcrowded or out-of-repair bike parking or bikes parked to trees, railings, etc. in neighborhood commercial corridors and at other neighborhood destinations in University City.

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Jun 07, 2016 20 days ago

Fed Chair Janet Yellen Visits with the West Philadelphia Skills Initiative

On June 6th, 2016, Janet Yellen, Chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, and Patrick Harker, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, paid a visit to the West Philadelphia Skills Initiative to learn more about the WPSI program. During their visit, Chair Yellen and Mr. Harker learned about the work being done by WPSI to connect unemployed residents of West Philadelphia to the growing job opportunities in the neighborhood. 

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May 26, 2016 32 days ago

Food Trucks at the Porch June Schedule

Food trucks are back at The Porch at 30th Street Station. Each month a rotating list of trucks will serve lunch at The Porch from 11:30-2:30pm. Make sure to follow The Porch on Twitter and Facebook for updates and changes in schedule.

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May 26, 2016 32 days ago

2016 40th Street Summer Series Lineup

UCD, in partnership with Penn and The Rotunda, is excited to announce the dates and acts for the 12th annual 40th Street Summer Series. The 40th Street Summer Series brings free live music and dance performances to the green space behind the Walnut Street Library at 40th Street. 

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May 09, 2016 49 days ago

Instagram Takeover with Conrad Benner (@StreetsDept)

Beginning May 12th, popular Philadelphia photographer Conrad Benner (@StreetsDept) will be taking over University City District's Instagram page! Conrad explored University City to find unique spots to photograph, and we'll be posting our favorites along with his commentary.

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Apr 26, 2016 2 months ago

Food Trucks at the Porch May Schedule

Food trucks are back at The Porch at 30th Street Station. Each month a rotating list of trucks will serve lunch at The Porch from 11:30-2:30pm. Make sure to follow The Porch on Twitter and Facebook for updates and changes in schedule.

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Apr 25, 2016 2 months ago

WPSI is Now Recruiting Carpentry Technicians

Participants of this program will:
  • Learn the carpentry trade from master craftsmen 
  • Earn a generous performance-based wage stipend
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Apr 19, 2016 2 months ago

Summer Events in University City

We are pleased to announce dates for the return of four of its signature events: University City Dining Days, the 40th Street Summer Series, Movies in Clark Park, and the Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll. Details for each event are still being finalized, but check back for updates.

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Apr 11, 2016 2 months ago

Celebrate Dirt Day at the Dirt Factory on April 23

Join The Dirt Factory and Soil Kitchen on Saturday, April 23rd and give your garden a boost with some high quality organic compost. The Dirt Factory will be distributing up to 10 gallons per person of screened compost produced from University City’s fallen leaves and food scraps. Bring your soil for testing of lead, cadmium and arsenic levels by the Soil Kitchen. All participants receive a consultation on their test results, and free soup!

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Mar 29, 2016 2 months ago

Food Trucks at the Porch April Schedule

UCD has entered into a partnership with the Philly Mobile Food Association (PMFA) to bring rotating food truck service back to the Porch at 30th Street Station for the 2016 season. Lunch service resumes April 4th with plans for expansion to follow. The April calendar is below, but be sure to follow The Porch on Facebook and Twitter for updates and changes to the schedule.

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Mar 23, 2016 3 months ago

UCD Selected as Win-Win Challenge Grant Recipient by Job Opportunity Investment Network

The Job Opportunity Investment Network (JOIN) has selected University City District (UCD) to receive a $300,000 two-year implementation grant through its Win-Win Challenge.

JOIN, a funders collaborative led by United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey (UWGPSNJ), works to increase the number of Greater Philadelphians earning a family-sustaining wage. The Win-Win Challenge was created to spark innovative job training practices by providing local nonprofits with start-up capital and support to develop creative new workforce partnerships in our region.

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Mar 17, 2016 3 months ago

Join UCD for a Community Cleanup on April 16

UCD is once again partnering with the City of Philadelphia on a neighborhood cleanup on Saturday, April 16th. We will assist block captains, students, volunteer groups and neighbors by providing trash bags, brooms, work gloves, and trash pickup. Help the city-wide effort to beautify Philadelphia by cleaning your block or street from 9am-2pm.

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Mar 17, 2016 3 months ago

Significant Gift from the Lenfest Foundation Will Contribute to Skills Initiative Expansion

University City District recently received a generous $400,000 gift from the Lenfest Foundation to support the expansion of the West Philadelphia Skills Initiative (WPSI). The funds will allow us to add capacity as we engage young adults in our program, and develop new approaches to training workers who can participate in the ongoing construction boom in University City.

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Feb 16, 2016 4 months ago

New Restaurant Herban Quality Eats is a True University City Enterprise

The market for healthy fast casual food continues to grow in University City. In the past few years, the neighborhood has added a sweetgreen, a HipCityVeg, a Hai Street Kitchen, and honeygrow, and more are on the way. A new entry to the fray is Herban Quality Eats, an establishment aiming to provide fresh, fast, and healthy options to Penn and Drexel students plus the large growing base of office, lab, and hospital workers.

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Feb 08, 2016 4 months ago

WPSI Recruiting Landscape Technicians

Recruitment is now open for our next cohort with the West Philadelphia Skills Initiative. We are seeking candidates interested in training and job opportunities as landscape technicians with Green City Works.

Participants of this program will enjoy:

  • A guaranteed interview with Green City Works.
  • Cutting-edge job connection strategies resulting in 95% of WPSI graduates finding work.
  • A generous performance-based wage stipend.
  • An accelerated connection to a career you love and the life you want!

Successful candidates will: 

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Jan 12, 2016 5 months ago

Join an MLK Community Cleanup at Clark Park

Locals looking for volunteer opportunities in the neighborhood are encouraged to join a cleanup of Clark Park on Monday, January 18th, organized by Friends of Clark Park. Simply meet at the shed at 45th and Regent in the park at 8:30 AM Monday to help spread mulch and pick up trash. Latecomers are encouraged to join in even if they cannot make the 8:30 start time.
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Jan 06, 2016 5 months ago

Our Winter Connection is Now Available for Download

We recently published the winter edition of our Connection printed newsletter, which is available for download as a PDF as well. Connection highlights UCD's major works, and the winter edition focuses on our efforts to revamp the Market Street Bridge, our installation of the city's largest Parklet, the strong work and results of the West Phi

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Jan 04, 2016 5 months ago

Welcoming Andrew Stober as New VP of Planning and Economic Development

University City District is pleased to announce the hiring of Andrew Stober as our new Vice President for Planning and Economic Development. Stober joins UCD after working for more than six years for the City of Philadelphia.

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Dec 09, 2015 6 months ago

WPSI Participants Tell Their Story

Three graduates of the West Philadelphia Skills Initiative program spoke about their experiences and how their lives have changed since completing the program.

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