University City District Blog

Sep 13, 2016 14 days ago

Skills Initiative 5 Year Anniversary Celebration

 

West Philadelphia Skills Initiative
5th Anniversary Celebration

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Sep 12, 2016 15 days 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 26 days 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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Aug 30, 2016 28 days ago

Looped In Lands at 42nd and Woodland

Looped In, University City District's innovative social seating structure poised to "pop-up" in University City public spaces, has found a new home at 42nd and Woodland. Looped In was developed to be a unique and portable seating system that encourages gathering and interaction, and was conceptualized and designed by Brian Phillips and Interface Studio Architects (ISA).

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Aug 30, 2016 28 days ago

The Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll Returns September 8th

The Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll will return for one night only on Thursday, September 8th. The Dollar Stroll, featuring $1 deals from local businesses as well as street performers, live music, and more, is one of University City's most popular events. This year's Dollar Stroll will include nearly 40 businesses, including seven establishments participating for the first time. We'll be welcoming food trucks, roaming performances by musicians and street performers, jugglers and face painters, and much more.

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Aug 02, 2016 56 days ago

Looking Back at Five Years of Parklets

On this date in 2011, University City District installed Philadelphia's first parklets. Five years later, tens of thousands of people have enjoyed these public spaces. UCD's parklets are small, temporary parks that replace a few parking spots with a public space open for the entire community to enjoy.

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Aug 02, 2016 56 days ago

Movies in Clark Park 2016

UCD, in partnership with Philadelphia Parks and Recreation and Friends of Clark Park, will bring three weeks of free outdoor movies to help liven up summer nights in West Philadelphia. Beautiful Clark Park (43rd and Chester Ave) will transform into an outdoor amphitheater to showcase a great lineup of films projected on a giant for the entire family to enjoy.

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Aug 01, 2016 57 days ago

Food Trucks at The Porch August 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. Make sure to follow on Twitter and Facebook for updates and changes in schedule.

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Jul 15, 2016 2 months ago

Dining Days Returns to University City

University City Dining Days, University City District’s popular “3 courses, 3 prices” promotion, will return for ten days this summer, running July 14th-24th. A record thirty-four of University City’s most popular dining destinations – including seven restaurants participating for the first time—will offer a pre-fixe three-course dinner special for $15, $25 or $35.

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Jul 15, 2016 2 months ago

Sprucing Up 30th Street Station

University City District has entered into a collaboration with Amtrak  to install ten “living walls” onto columns within 30th Street Station in a beautification project within Philadelphia’s main rail transportation hub.

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Jun 29, 2016 2 months ago

Food Trucks at the Porch July 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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Jun 20, 2016 3 months 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 3 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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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