University City District Blog

May 05, 2015 20 days ago

Unveiling Plans for Porch 2.0

Since its introduction in late 2011, the Porch at 30th Street Station has become one of Philadelphia’s most vibrant public spaces, with amenities such as flexible seating, seasonal horticulture, and performances.

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Apr 29, 2015 26 days ago

Dangerous Intersection at Baltimore & Springfield Gets a Makeover

The intersection of Baltimore Ave. & Springfield Ave.

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Apr 22, 2015 33 days ago

Celebrate Composting and Gardening at UCD’s Dirt Day on May 2nd!

Give your garden a boost with some high quality organic compost. UCD’s Dirt Factory will be distributing up to 10 gallons per person of screened compost produced from University City’s fallen leaves and food scraps. Take a tour of The Dirt Factory, pick up a free vegetable or herb transplant, and stay for a great workshop on composting and urban soils.

Workshops: 11AM – 12PM: Composting for Everyone

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Apr 15, 2015 40 days ago

Parklets Return to University City With Help From the West Philadelphia Skills Initiative

This week University City District is working to install our popular Parklets, the innovative, temporary seating platforms that provide residents and visitors with a space to take in the area’s lively streetscape. UCD’s Parklets are landscaped with planters and a decorative railing, furnished with movable café tables and chairs, and add a distinct vibrancy to the neighborhood.

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Apr 13, 2015 42 days ago

Announcing Return Dates for Dining Days, 40th Street Summer Series, and Dollar Stroll

We excited to announce dates for the return of three of its signature events: University City Dining Days, the 40th Street Summer Series, and the Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll.

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Mar 31, 2015 55 days ago

The Porch Receives National Planning Achievement Award from The American Planning Association

This morning, The Porch at 30th Street Station was one of twelve recipients to receive an Achievement Award from the American Planning Association (APA). 

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Mar 27, 2015 59 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 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 4 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 5 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 6 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 7 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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