Each year we publish the State of University City, the University City District Annual Report, newsletters, pamphlets, and more, keeping residents and visitors up to date on the happenings of University City and its surroundings.

University City District 2014 Annual Report

University City District’s primary mission is community revitalization. Our partnership of anchor institutions, businesses and community members is a national model that connects low income residents to careers, invests in world-class public spaces, addresses crime and public safety, brings life to commercial corridors, and promotes job growth and innovation. Our 2015 Annual Report can be downloaded (left) or viewed online (below).

36 Hours in University City

 Inspired by the New York Times '36 Hours' series, 36 Hours in University City is a recently created guide filled with suggestions about how to best spend 36 hours in the neighborhood.  It's a great resource for visiting friends and family, and residents looking for something new and different to do in their neighborhood!  


Close at Hand 2015

A directory of goods and services for the University City community

We encourage you to use this directory and buy locally as often as possible. Supporting our one-of-a-kind businesses and preserving the distinct character of University City will help the neighborhood thrive and continue to grow. These businesses are an integral part of what makes University City a great place to live, work and play. Be sure to frequently check in with us online as we continue to announce new and exciting developments throughout the neighborhood at both and

You may pick up your copy of Close at Hand at the UCD office (3940 Chestnut Street), Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm. Click below to view this publication online.

Any provider of goods and services located in University City with a telephone number and address in the neighborhood qualified for a free listing in this publication. We have made every attempt to be as comprehensive as possible. The inclusion of a business in this publication does not constitute an endorsement or recommendation by University City District or the University City Review.



Connections Newsletter

Connection is the quarterly newsletter of University City District and is available as a PDF download. To join the mailing list, please email Click below to view our most recent edition of Connection online.   

The Case for Parklets

The Case for Parklets: Measuring the Impact on Sidewalk Vitality and Neighborhood Businesses.

Realizing the Potential of The Porch


The Porch at 30th Street Station sits amidst a dense concentration of Philadelphia’s education, medicine and innovation sectors and is used by thousands of daily commuters and first-time visitors, and surrounded by more than 16,000 jobs. In fewer than two years, The Porch has developed into an oasis of activity, respite and interaction through an observation-based and iterative design process that is changing the way people think about public space. With vibrancy to the east and west, The Porch has already “sparked new economic activity” (Next American City). In September 2013, UCD released one of the most extensive post-occupancy studies of a public space. This study will guide future improvements at The Porch. 

West Philadelphia Skills Initiative

University City District (UCD) is pleased to announce the release of the 2014 WPSI Impact Report.

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Project Rehab & The Dirt Factory

Project Rehab and The Dirt Factory

University City District's groundbreaking work to unlock the potential of underutilized neighborhood assets

Visitor Guide


You’ve made it here, now what should you do? New for 2013, our handy visitors’ brochure highlights some of the many exciting dining, shopping, arts and nightlife offerings (and more!) throughout University City. Discover what makes our neighborhood one of the most popular in the region.