University City District Blog

Feb 14, 2017 7 days ago

20 Years, 20 Stories: Manakeesh Cafe

University City District launched in 1997, as dedicated residents, institutions and businesses came together to create an organization to help transform their community. Throughout 2017 we will be celebrating our 20th anniversary by holding community events and reflecting on the accomplishments of our organization, community, and the many people who made the work possible.

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Feb 01, 2017 20 days ago

Our 2016 Annual Review Recaps a Groundbreaking Year for UCD

2016 proved to be momentous for University City District.

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Jan 23, 2017 29 days ago

Meet Two Women Who Have Been at UCD Since the Start

UCD was created to address concerns about safety and cleanliness within the district, and our Clean and Safe programs have been critical to our work in the neighborhood ever since. To honor the legacy of our fundamental work, we've chosen to kick off our 20 Years, 20 Stories series with an interview of two remarkable people who have been with University City District since its inception.

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Jan 23, 2017 29 days ago

Help Design a Compost System to Service Philadelphia Neighborhoods

Calling all engineers and environmentalists, designers and dirt nerds: the City wants YOUR ideas for how to make a compost system that serves Philadelphia neighborhoods.

UCD's Dirt Factory is partnering with the Philadelphia Food Policy Advisory Council and Institute for Local Self-Reliance in seeking designs for neighborhood-scale, in-vessel composting systems that can be used by schools and community organizations.

Successful designs will be:

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Jan 17, 2017 35 days ago

UCD Named Knight Cities Challenge Finalist for Proposal to Study Justice in Public Spaces

We are pleased to announce we were named today as a finalist in the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s third annual Knight Cities Challenge. The Knight Foundation received more than 4,500 applications in its national call for proposals to answer the question of how to make cities more successful. We were named as one of only 144 finalists in the 26 communities where the Knight Foundation invests to make communities more vibrant places to live and work.

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Jan 06, 2017 46 days ago

Join UCD for a Networking Happy Hour at Distrito on 2/23

UCD invites you to the second edition of our MIX networking event at Distrito (3945 Chestnut Street) on Thursday, February 23rd. Get out and meet leaders from the tech, science, medicine, real estate and other industries who are pushing forward growth in our dynamic neighborhood. Network with other professionals in the area while enjoying food and drink specials at a favorite local restaurant. 

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Dec 20, 2016 2 months ago

University City Holiday Shopping Guide

Are you in need of unique gifts for the holidays? Whether it’s for gamer, foodie, child, or beer lover, University City has great spots for your shopping needs. 

Gifts for the Home

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Dec 19, 2016 2 months ago

Recycle Your Christmas Trees on 1/7/17

On Saturday, January 7th from 10 am - 4 pm, we will once again partner with UC Green at Clark Park to recycle Christmas trees into wood chip mulch. Help us set a new record for Christmas trees! The mulch will be used around trees during the upcoming MLK Day of Service.

While you're waiting for the chipper to fire up, enjoy free roasted marshmallows and hot chocloate, plus enjoy the Clark Park Farmers' Market. A $10 to $20 suggested donation per tree will go toward supporting UC Green programs. 

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Dec 06, 2016 2 months ago

Breaking Ground on Trolley Portal Gardens

We did it! On Tuesday, December 6th, Mayor James Kenney and other key stakeholders joined us as we broke ground on Trolley Portal Gardens, the future home of a public space and restaurant at the 40th Street Trolley Portal. This public-private partnership between UCD, SEPTA, the City of Philadelphia, and neighborhood stakeholders will transform a blighted and unwelcoming place into a vibrant and social space and a new restaurant called Trolley Car Station.

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Nov 29, 2016 2 months ago

UCD Professional Clothing Drive

From December 1st - 16th, UCD will be accepting donations of professional apparel for men and women at our offices. Please drop off all items at 3940 Chestnut Street, Monday through Friday from 8:30 am until 5 pm. All donations are tax deductible.

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Nov 29, 2016 2 months ago

Food Trucks at The Porch December Schedule

Each month a rotating list of trucks will serve lunch at The Porch from 11:30-2:30 pm, and breakfast on Thursdays from 7-9:30 am. For December, we will feature one truck a day until Friday, December 23rd, which will be the last day of service for 2016. Make sure to follow on Twitter and Facebook for updates and changes in schedule.

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Nov 21, 2016 3 months ago

Shop Locally on December 3rd with the Winter Express Shoppers' Trolley

In need of gifts this winter? Keep it local this year with WEST, the Winter Express Shoppers' Trolley! The Baltimore Avenue and Lancaster Avenue Business Associations have teamed up to host WEST, a holiday shopping experience that will take place on Saturday, December 3rd from noon till 5pm.

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Nov 17, 2016 3 months ago

The State of University City 2017 Highlights Major Developments

We are proud to release The State of University City 2017. This latest edition of our annual publication illustrates University City’s status as an engine of remarkable prosperity, innovation and vibrancy, boasting world-class public spaces and amenities. The State of University City report provides a guide to the developments – academic, commercial, public, residential and more – that are driving 22 million square feet of planned growth and expansion in the neighborhood.

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Nov 07, 2016 3 months ago

WPSI Now Recruiting for Jobs with Penn Dental

Recruitment is now open for the next cohort with the West Philadelphia Skills Initaitive.

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Oct 31, 2016 3 months ago

Food Trucks at The Porch November Schedule

Each month a rotating list of trucks will serve lunch at The Porch from 11:30-2:30 pm, and breakfast on Thursdays from 7-9:30 am. For November and December, we will feature one truck a day. Make sure to follow on Twitter and Facebook for updates and changes in schedule.

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Oct 13, 2016 4 months ago

Looking Back at Five Years of the Skills Initiative

On Wednesday, October 5th, University City District celebrated five years of the West Philadelphia Skills Initiative, which has transformed the lives of hundreds of previously unemployed West Philadelphia residents. This event was a special opportunity to look back on our graduates' accomplishments and honor the vital contributions of our partners. 

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Sep 29, 2016 4 months ago

Food Trucks at The Porch October 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 11:30-2:30 pm, and breakfast on Thursdays from 7-9:30 am. Make sure to follow on Twitter and Facebook for updates and changes in schedule.

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Sep 12, 2016 5 months ago

Celebrate 5 Years of The Porch with a Food Truck Party

On Wednesday, September 28th, The Porch at 30th Street Station will celebrate its 5th anniversary with a party featuring food, drinks, giveaways, and music. University City District (UCD), who operates and programs The Porch, is partnering with 33rd Street Hospitality and Jet Wine Bar to bring $5 food and drink specials in honor of the five years since The Porch debuted.

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Sep 01, 2016 5 months ago

Food Trucks at The Porch September 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 11:30-2:30 pm. Two notes for September: There will be no service on Monday, September 5th due to Labor Day, and this month we've added breakfast on Thursdays from Schmear It. Make sure to follow on Twitter and Facebook for updates and changes in schedule.

 

 

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