University City District Blog

Nov 17, 2017 2 days ago

Help Clean Your Neighborhood with a Community Cleanup on Saturday December 2

We are once again partnering with the City of Philadelphia on a neighborhood cleanup on Saturday, December 2nd. We will assist block captains, students, volunteer groups and neighbors by providing trash bags, brooms, work gloves, and trash pickup.

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Nov 14, 2017 5 days ago

20 Years, 20 Stories: A Retrospective with UCD Founders

University City District launched in 1997, as dedicated residents, institutions and businesses came together to help improve their community. As we look back over the past twenty years, we could think of no one more well-suited to reflecting on the neighborhood's transformation than those who were most involved in creating UCD. In this short video, hear from five of the founding members of University City District's Board of Directors on why the organization started, why they became involved, and how they've seen the neighborhood grow and change since UCD's formation.

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Nov 09, 2017 10 days ago

The State of University City 2018

On Thursday, November 9, more than 300 guests attended our annual State of University City event at World Cafe Live. This event served as an opportunity to celebrate UCD's 20th anniversary, while highlighting the major advancements in the neighborhood. Drexel President John Fry and University of Pennsylvania Executive Vice President Craig Carnaroli, the respective founding and current chairs of the UCD Board of Directors, joined UCD President Matt Bergheiser as speakers during the event.

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Nov 01, 2017 18 days ago

20 Years, 20 Stories: The Duo Behind the University City Review

Even if you don’t know Bob and Claudia Christian by name, we guarantee that if you live in University City, you’ve seen their work. Bob and Claudia are the husband and wife one-two punch behind the long-standing University City Review, the hyper-local paper that’s been delivering news to the neighborhood for nearly 30 years. Bob is the paper’s publisher and editor, and Claudia serves as the associate publisher, yet given the small size of their operation, they both handle much more.

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Oct 30, 2017 20 days ago

November at The Porch at 30th Street Station

The weather is getting colder, but you can enjoy lunch from rotating food trucks at The Porch at 30th Street Station! Lunch service will continue Monday through Friday, with breakfast service from Schmear It on Thursday mornings. There will be no vending on Thursday, November 23 or Friday, November 24 due to Thanksgiving. Keep an eye out for pop-up events and schedule changes via our Facebook and Twitter pages.


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Oct 20, 2017 30 days ago

2017 WPSI Impact Report

For the past six years, a unique constellation of enlightened employer partners, committed funders and partners, and dedicated West Philadelphia Skills Initiative staff have joined together to connect hundreds of talented neighborhood residents to work. Along the way, we have helped world-class institutions find the talent they need, supported local jobseekers as they transform their lives, and developed a cutting-edge approach to workforce development.

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Oct 05, 2017 45 days ago

The Philadelphia Orchestra Comes to The Porch on October 23

On Monday, October 23rd we are welcoming members of The Philadelphia Orchestra for a free lunchtime performance at The Porch at 30th Street Station!As part of their city-wide Audience Appreciation Day, a brass ensemble will perform free of charge from noon to 1 pm. Enjoy this wonderful chance to see some of Philadelphia's best musicians at The Porch!

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Oct 03, 2017 47 days ago

20 Years, 20 Stories: The Enterprise Center

As Philadelphians come together to celebrate Minority Enterprise Development (MED) week –  a time when minority businesses are fêted and encouraged through city-wide events –  we couldn’t imagine a better organization to highlight than The Enterprise Center. This West Philadelphia non-profit has been providing access to capital, capacity building, business education and economic development opportunities to high-potential, minority entrepreneurs since 1989. To learn more about the history of The Enterprise Center (TEC) and its role in the community we spoke with the organization’s president, Della Clark, who has led TEC since 1992.

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Oct 02, 2017 48 days ago

Recapping a Great Summer 2017 in University City

After two Baltimore Avenue Dollar Strolls, ten evenings of University City Dining Days, four editions of the 40th Street Summer Series, four movies in Clark Park, dozens of PECO Performances at The Porch, thousands of pairs of sunglasses, hundreds of bottles of bubbles, and only a few rainouts, our 2017 Summer in University City series has come to an end!

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Sep 29, 2017 51 days ago

October at The Porch at 30th Street Station

Although the summer season of performances has ended, October will still be a great time to enjoy The Porch! Take advantage of cooler temperatures while enjoying food trucks during lunch Monday through Friday, breakfast on Thursday mornings, and the Pub at The Porch on select evenings.

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Sep 19, 2017 2 months ago

20 Years, 20 Stories: Joan Myers Brown and PHILADANCO!

The building that houses PHILADANCO, the West Philadelphia dance institution, isn’t terribly hard to find. Need a street sign to guide you? Search for a small block just north of Market Street with the name PHILADANCO Way. Still lost? Look for the brown brick building stamped with PHILADANCO in big white letters.

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Sep 05, 2017 2 months ago

20 Years, 20 Stories: Dock Street Brewery

Selecting just one story to tell about Rosemarie Certo, the charismatic woman behind Dock Street Brewery, wasn’t easy. We could have told the story of an immigrant whose widowed mother left behind everything she knew in Sicily to settle in America. Rosemarie's story could have been about a woman earning widespread acclaim with a hugely successful brand in an industry traditionally dominated by men.

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Aug 28, 2017 2 months ago

September at The Porch at 30th Street Station

We have a very exciting month of September in store at The Porch at 30th Street Station, featuring food, pop-up performances, and the debut of our brand new outdoor bar!

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Aug 23, 2017 2 months ago

Announcing the Pub at The Porch

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, rotating food trucks, and eclectic performances. And now, The Porch will soon be a destination for post-work drinks, thanks to a collaboration between University City District, SHIFTSPACE and Bridgewater’s Pub.

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Aug 08, 2017 3 months ago

20 Years, 20 Stories: The West Philadelphia Skills Initiative

There are no typical days at the West Philadelphia Skills Initiative, University City District’s workforce development program that’s been connecting unemployed West Philadelphians to jobs with major local employers since 2011. Throw a dart at a calendar and a given day may feature on-the-job training with a future employer, a presentation on financial literacy, or mock interviews designed to prepare participants for the real thing with a potential employer. Is it a Friday?

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Aug 01, 2017 3 months ago

Seven New Members Join UCD Board of Directors

We at UCD are pleased to announce seven new members to our Board of Directors, which is comprised of community, business, institutional, and non-profit leaders from within University City. The new additions to the board are: Elizabeth Azari from the National Board of Medical Examiners; Mark Celoni from Pennoni Associates; David Forde from University of the Sciences, and Michael Froehlich from  Cedar Park Neighbors; Ken Gedaka from FMC Corporation; Keith Kasper from Penn Medicine; and George Poulin from Powelton Village Civic Association.

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Jul 28, 2017 3 months ago

Food Trucks and PECO Performances at The Porch August Lineup

August is a great time to enjoy The Porch! Throughout the month, we'll welcome two food trucks each weekday to serve lunch at The Porch at 30th. Lunch is served Monday through Friday from 11:30 am to 2 pm. Also, stop by for breakfast Thursdays beginning at 7 am! This month we will also be debuting Pub at The Porch, a new partnership with Bridgewater's that will offer beer and wine on select weekday evenings.

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Jul 24, 2017 3 months ago

2017 Movies in Clark Park

Free movies are returning to University City! UCD, in partnership with Philadelphia Parks and Recreation and Friends of Clark Park, will once again present Movies in Clark Park, five weeks of free outdoor movies. Each screening will be preceded by fun activities and offerings from local organizations and performance groups.

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Jul 12, 2017 4 months ago

Free Water Ice Giveaway from Trolley Car Station

Looking to beat the heat? Celebrate the beginning of major construction at the Trolley Car Station, a diner coming to University City in 2018. Come enjoy FREE water ice from Trolley Car Ice Cream at the intersection of 40th and Baltimore at the Trolley Portal on Wednesday, July 19th from 4:30-6:30 pm. No forms, no catch-- just FREE water ice (while supplies last)!
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Jul 12, 2017 4 months ago

20 Years, 20 Stories: Local Innovator Judy Wicks

Before she was Judy Wicks the entrepreneur, touring speaker, and author of books about sustainability and locally-based economies, she was Judy, a young woman fresh off a year of AmeriCorps’ VISTA, living in a remote village in Alaska with her childhood sweetheart-turned-husband Dick Hayne, trying to figure out what to do with her life. In 1970 Judy and Dick, originally from outside of Pittsburgh, realized they didn’t want to work for other people and decided to open a store.

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