University City District Blog

A birds-eye view of University City looking east
Jul 08, 2024 14 days ago

Staff Updates for July 2024

Today, we are excited to share news of five promotions within our staff. Please join us in congratulating A.J. Adams, Patrick Bayer, Lauren Bishop, Morgan Rogers Burns, and Dr. Romaine Thrower on their new titles. 



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A community vendor cooking up offerings at the June 2022 Dollar Stroll
Jul 02, 2024 20 days ago

Community Vending at the Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll

University City District (UCD) will hold the next edition of the Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll in 2024 on the evenings of Thursday, September 5th. The event draws thousands of neighbors and visitors to enjoy dollar deals from participating vendors. In 2022, we expanded the price levels vendors can offer from $1 deals to deals for $1, $3, OR $5.  

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A SEPTA worker performing trolley track upkeep
Jun 17, 2024 35 days ago

SEPTA's Annual "Trolley Blitz" Will Take Place Between July 12th and July 29th, 2024

Beginning at 10 PM on July 12th, 2024 SEPTA crews will work around the clock, tackling critical track and power maintenance, station upgrades, and intensive cleaning as part of the 2024 Trolley Tunnel Blitz. The work will conclude by Monday, July 29th at 6 AM. Trolleys will not operate in the tunnel at any time during the Blitz. Route 10 [T1], Route 34 [T2], Route 13 [T3], Route 11 [T4] and Route 36 [T5] are suspended between 13th Street and 40th Street Portal until 6 am, July 29.

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Grocery Outlet staff and local reps cut the ribbon on the new store
May 30, 2024 53 days ago

Grocery Outlet Opens 50th East Coast Store in University City

Today, University City gained a new, independently-owned grocery store with the opening of a Grocery Outlet Bargain Market. The store is owned and operated by Jaelyn and Jaida Deas, two sisters from California with extensive experience in grocery retail operations.

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Visitors enjoying the Dollar Stroll
May 28, 2024 55 days ago

How to Conquer the Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll

Since its debut in 2010, the Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll has grown into a hugely popular event. Neighbors and Philadelphians from around the city convene on Baltimore Avenue to enjoy deals from local businesses, plus live music, free activities for kids, and a chance to experience one of our favorite commercial corridors in West Philadelphia.

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A woman sings in front of a crowd with the caption Summer in University City
May 22, 2024 2 months ago

Summer Events in University City!

Each summer University City District partners with local businesses, restaurants, organizations, and performers to present a robust schedule of free and fun events throughout University City. Make sure to mark your calendars with these dates and details so you don't miss our exciting programming for Summer 2024!

Want even more events? Make sure to visit our Community Calendar

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Graduates of a parternship with Iovance pose with Mayor Parker
May 13, 2024 2 months ago

Bank of America Renews Support of the Skills Initiative

We are again grateful to Bank of America for their recent $50,000 grant to benefit our Skills Initiative.

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The Porch at 30th Street Station
May 02, 2024 2 months ago

Temporary Porch Closure for Spring Refresh

Our spring refresh is back! The Porch will be temporarily closed beginning the evening of Sunday, May 5th, 2024 so our crews can complete a spring clean-up. We’ll be power-washing, organizing planters, and doing general tidying to get ready for the warmer months.

We hope to be fully completed by May 15th, 2024 and look forward to welcoming you back then!

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Gretchen Elise Performing at Trolley Portal Gardens in 2023
Apr 22, 2024 3 months ago

2024 Pop-Ups at the Portal

Pop-up performances are returning to Trolley Portal Gardens (40th and Baltimore)! We're once again teaming with local performer and curator Gretchen Elise for five weeks of free, all-ages entertainment. Our pop-ups will run on Thursdays in 2024 from May 9th through June 6th, the evening of our first Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll. Performances will move inside to Renata's Kitchen during inclement weather. 



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UCD President Matt Bergheiser delivers remarks during the State of University City 2024
Apr 19, 2024 3 months ago

The State of University City 2024

On Thursday, April 18th, University City District held our annual State of University City event. We were thrilled to be joined by hundreds of partners, stakeholders, local leaders, and neighbors. During the program, we looked back at a year of major impact within our neighborhood, and looked forward to major events on the horizon, including the upcoming 250th anniversary of America, the rising buildings that will continue to transform our skyline, and UCD's own ambitious plans to enhance access to the Schuylkill River.

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A rendering of the proposed public plaza and pool
Apr 18, 2024 3 months ago

Our Ambitious Plans for a New West Philly Waterfront Public Space

At our State of University City event on Thursday April 18th, 2024, we announced details about a grand and ambitious vision for a new public space that aims to transform the river close to 30th Street Station.

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A neighbor joining a community clean-up
Mar 15, 2024 4 months ago

Spring Clean-up! Join UCD and the City of Philadelphia for a Community Clean-up on April 6th, 2024

Throughout the year, UCD organizes multiple volunteer cleaning efforts. Our next community clean-up will be held on Saturday, April 6th, 2024, in coordination with the citywide Philly Spring Cleanup. Help keep your neighborhood clean by tidying up your streets from 9 AM to 2 PM.

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A group of WPSI graduates pose with Dr. Romaine Thrower
Mar 11, 2024 4 months ago

Philanthropist MacKenzie Scott Gifts $4 Million to the West Philadelphia Skills Initiative to Accelerate and Sustain Program’s Impact

Today, we at University City District are thrilled to share that our West Philadelphia Skills Initiative (WPSI) has received a $4 million donation from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott through her charitable organization Yield Giving. The unrestricted gift will accelerate WPSI’s goals of providing opportunities for job seekers, program alumni, and incumbent workers to secure meaningful employment that will help break the cycle of poverty.

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An image of trolley tracks in West Philadelphia
Mar 08, 2024 4 months ago

Spruce Street Trolley Track Renewal Project Will Impact Local Traffic Through May 4th, 2024

Updated: This work has concluded and Spruce Street is once again open to vehicular traffic.

Our partners at SEPTA have announced upcoming work that will impact a portion of our neighborhood. From March 18th through May 4th, 2024, they will be performing excavation and renewal of a corroded and broken rail on Spruce Street between 40th and 42nd Streets; vehicular traffic and parking will be restricted in the work area during this time, and the 42 bus will be detoured. 

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2023 Annual Review over a drone image of University City
Feb 07, 2024 5 months ago

University City District's 2023 Annual Review

Since 1997, University City District has invested in the vitality of our neighborhood. We foster clean, safe, and active streets; we cultivate civic infrastructure and activate dormant public spaces through placemaking efforts; we provide assistance to local businesses and neighbors; we plan and execute signature local events; and we create an opportunity infrastructure that connects talented Philadelphians to life-altering careers at major employers.

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Sarah Steltz
Jan 23, 2024 5 months ago

Sarah Steltz Rejoins University City District as Senior Vice President of Strategy

Today UCD is very excited to announce that noted civic leader Sarah Steltz has rejoined our organization in the new role of Senior Vice President of Strategy. 

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A group of Penn Medicine workers who completed a "Pathways to Promotion" program with WPSI
Jan 09, 2024 6 months ago

$500,000 from Hummingbird Foundation Will Fuel WPSI University

We are very excited to begin 2024 by sharing the exciting news that the Hummingbird Foundation, the New Jersey-based charitable organization that helped us launch WPSI University in 2023, has continued its support of the Skills Initiative with a new gift of $500,000 over two years.

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Walnut Street repaving
Nov 30, 2023 7 months ago

(UPDATE) Walnut Street Repaving and Safety Project Beginning 9/12/23

11/30/23 Update

The paving process continues on West Walnut Street, and we have received updated information on the new layout of the street, which you can see below. 

Here is what has been accomplished as of November 30th:

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