University City District Blog

Feb 08, 2016 2 hours 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 26 days 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 32 days 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 35 days 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 60 days 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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Dec 07, 2015 2 months ago

Christmas Tree & Electronics Recycling Day January 9th

Don’t throw your Christmas tree away! Instead, bring your trees to Clark Park along Chester Ave. on Saturday, January 9th from 10am-4pm and have them recycled into wood chip mulch to be used in the park and in community gardens. While you’re waiting for the chipper to fire up, enjoy free roasted marshmallows and hot chocolate, plus shop for goods at the Clark Park Farmers' Market. A $10 donation per tree will go towards supporting UC Green programs.

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Dec 03, 2015 2 months ago

Packing up the Parklets

Each year in University City we know the winter is truly approaching when it comes time to store away our Parklets, the popular temporary seating platforms that transform parallel parking spaces into a place to sit, relax, eat and enjoy street life. In keeping with the City's guidelines, we dissemble our Parklets before 12/1 each year for winter storage, and reintroduce them to the community again the following April. 

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Dec 02, 2015 2 months ago

Shop Locally on Baltimore and Lancaster Avenues

This weekend we encourage members of the community to stay local to shop for holiday items. On Saturday you can ride the BLAST (Baltimore-Lancaster Avenue Shoppers’ Trolley), which will shuttle shoppers along Baltimore and Lancaster Avenues. This event features great gifts and discounts from local businesses.

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Nov 30, 2015 2 months ago

Innovation Plaza Open at uCity Square

The University City Science Center has completed work on their Innovation Plaza, the first addition to their uCity Square project, located on 37th Street between Market and Chestnut Streets. The new pocket park offers a new space to gather and support a creative culture, with a landscaped walkway, game tables, an entertainment zone, and seating. Innovation Plaza is also home to a new Innovators Walk of Fame, which is a monument to Greater Philadelphia’s primary sources of innovation.

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Nov 12, 2015 2 months 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 2 months ago

Learn the Area with our 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 3 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 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 5 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 5 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 5 months ago

WPSI Recruiting Customer Service Professionals for Allied Barton

Now Recruiting Customer Service Professionals for Allied Barton!

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