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.



For publication inquiries, contact Alissa Weiss, Director of Strategic Initiatives and Communications at or 215.243.0555 x251.

State of University City

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. Our latest State of University City can be downloaded on the left or viewed online below.

WPSI Impact Report 2016

University City District (UCD) is pleased to announce the release of the 2016 WPSI Impact Report.

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The Porch

At UCD, we are continually using research, data, and experimentation to inform new projects and initiatives. As we were breaking ground on our next public space, we were also reflecting on the five years that have passed since we launched The Porch at 30th Street Station, and turned a barren site into a dynamic public space that draws thousands of visitors every year. We decided to take stock of our experience since conceiving of and opening The Porch, to inform our own growing public space work, and contribute to a national and global conversation about urban amenities and placemaking.

The Porch at 30th Street Station: 5 Years, 5 Lessons focuses on the value of partnerships; pursuing a vision of great public space even in challenging circumstances; designing public space through an iterative approach powered by rigorous data collection; using stewardship as a catalyst for economic opportunity; and the way in which successful public space can spur similar spaces across cities.

University City District 2015 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 latest Annual Report can be downloaded on the 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.

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