University City District Blog

Jun 27, 2019 18 days ago

July 2019 at The Porch at 30th Street Station

July at The Porch at 30th Street Station brings you the return of free weekly lunchtime performances, the unveiling of our new shade structure, post-work drinks three nights a week at the Pub, and of course a daily selection of food trucks. Please note: there will be no food trucks vending the week of July 4th (July 1st through July 5th). 

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Jun 15, 2019 30 days ago

Ronald McDonald House Completes Expansion, New Garden

In the same year they will celebrate their forty-fifth anniversary, the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House completed a massive expansion to more than double their capacity to serve families in need of temporary housing during their children’s treatment. The Room in Our Hearts expansion campaign grew capacity from 45 to 127 rooms at the Chestnut Street house, and modernized and expanded common facilities to more than double the number of families the organization can serve each year.

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Jun 13, 2019 32 days ago

2019 Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll Vendor Applications

University City District (UCD) and the Baltimore Avenue Business Association are excited to announce the return of the Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll on Thursday, September 12th, 2019. The event draws thousands of neighbors and visitors to enjoy $1 specials from participating vendors.

We are now accepting applications for community food and merchandise vendors for the September 12 Dollar Stroll.

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Jun 11, 2019 34 days ago

Pedestrian Counts Leading to New Applications of UCD Data

Our data scientist Tyler Tran has recently been conducting pedestrian counts throughout our district using automated sensors. Pedestrian count data help us estimate the number of people walking on various streets, which we then share with partners to help inform decisions regarding street safety, transit, and real estate.

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May 30, 2019 46 days ago

June 2019 at The Porch at 30th Street Station

We have an exciting month at The Porch at 30th! This June we have a great selection of food trucks vending lunch each weekday, plus we'll be re-opening the Pub at The Porch and unveiling a new shade structure with charging stations. Oh, and did we mention free lunchtime music is returning? 

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May 23, 2019 53 days ago

Univest: Local Banking with a Personal Touch

Univest is a relative newcomer to the local financial landscape in Philadelphia, but the regional bank has a long history of serving people and businesses throughout eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Univest opened its doors in Souderton, PA in 1876 as a commercial bank. Regulatory shifts in the late 90s led the company to expand its provision of services and today, they boast insurance, employee benefits, investments, leasing. Univest Bank and Trust Co.

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May 21, 2019 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 $1 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. Whether you’re a seasoned Stroller or visiting for the first time, here are some ways to make the most out of your Dollar Stroll experience.

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May 21, 2019 55 days ago

Infrastructure Improvements to Impact Travel This Summer and Beyond

As part of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s (PennDOT) ongoing $150 million investment in renewing infrastructure around 30th Street Station, major changes are coming to weekday and weekend travel patterns in the eastern edge of University City.

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May 21, 2019 55 days ago

Food and Entertainment Pop-Ups at Trolley Portal Gardens

Tuesdays in June are about to get much more fun! Starting June 4th, we're bringing in food and activities to Trolley Portal Gardens, our brand-new public space located at 40th and Baltimore. Hop off a trolley and enjoy dinner from some of our favorite local food trucks, plus free, family-friendly activities! The pop-ups will occur every Tuesday in June from 5 PM - 8 PM. Check out the schedule below!

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May 14, 2019 2 months ago

StoryCorps' MobileBooth Coming to The Porch at 30th Street

Calling all storytellers! StoryCorps, a renowned nonprofit organization celebrating the stories of everyday Americans, will record interviews in Philadelphia from May 28, 2019 to June 26, 2019 at The Porch at 30th Street Station as part of its cross-country MobileBooth tour. Having collected more than 65,000 interviews from Americans in all 50 states, StoryCorps has gathered one of the largest single collections of human voices ever recorded.

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May 02, 2019 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 2019!


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Apr 30, 2019 2 months ago

May 2019 at The Porch at 30th Street Station

We have an exciting month at The Porch at 30th! This month we have a great selection of food trucks vending lunch each weekday, plus we'll be working on three exciting additions to The Porch! 

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Apr 18, 2019 2 months ago

Movies in Clark Park Audience Choice!

Movies in Clark Park is returning this August for four nights of films under the stars. Thanks to everyone who voted in our online poll to select an audience choice film. The winner is...

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Apr 16, 2019 2 months ago

Help Pick a Ground Mural Design for Cedar Park

UCD, Cedar Park Neighbors, and local mural and fine art company Hagopian Arts are working together to install a ground mural at Cedar Park, and we want your input! Help us choose between three nature-inspired mural designs. The winning design will be added to the small plaza at the eastern edge of the park. 

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Apr 03, 2019 3 months ago

Skills Initiative Grows to Serve Citywide Employers, New Credentialing Opportunities

As the West Philadelphia Skills Initiative (WPSI) expands in the months ahead, the team is building new approaches to the program model in order to better serve both employer partners and jobseekers.

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Apr 01, 2019 3 months ago

UCD’s Pioneering Social Enterprise Turns Three

This month, Green City Works officially turns 3! Since launching, our landscaping social venture – created to provide job opportunities to talented local residents – has succeeded beyond our wildest hopes. What began as a marriage of our core areas of expertise in placemaking and job training has turned into a landscaping business that serves over 35 commercial clients across Philadelphia and manages over 1.5 million square feet of green space.

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Mar 26, 2019 3 months ago

April 2019 at The Porch at 30th Street Station

Happy spring! In April we're welcoming back a full slate of food trucks vending lunch each weekday. In April we're bringing in five brand new trucks to The Porch, plus breakfast each Thursday morning from Schmear It. See below for descriptions of each truck and the full schedule. We hope you'll join us for lunch as the weather gets nicer! 

Make sure to keep an eye on our Twitter page for updates and cancelations, and stay tuned for news on performances and other new amenities coming to The Porch!


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Mar 18, 2019 3 months ago

Innovation Spotlight: Children's Hospital Creative Art Therapists Offer Comfort, Coping, and Creativity

In our Innovators Series, we’re profiling University City entrepreneurs, researchers, and companies who are working on cutting-edge technologies and building the future right here in University City. We’ll feature those working in science, technology, medicine, and more to tell the story of how a virtuous cycle of innovation, talent, business formation, and placemaking is unfolding in our community, creating a 21st century economy that leverages knowledge into economic value and development.

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Mar 07, 2019 4 months ago

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

Help keep your neighborhood clean by joining a community cleanup on Saturday, April 6th from 9 AM to 2 PM. UCD is partnering with the City of Philadelphia to assist block captains, students, volunteer groups and neighbors by providing trash bags, brooms, work gloves, and trash pickup.

To sign up and join the effort, please contact us via email or by calling 215-243-0555.

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Mar 05, 2019 4 months ago

Inclusive Infrastructure and the 21st Century BID

For the better part of 20 years, University City District fit the para­digm of most Business Improvement Districts (BIDs), working every day to make our 2.4 square mile district cleaner, safer, greener and more enticing for both retailers and developers. We think of this work as investing in a neighborhood’s infrastructure, both literal and figurative: the foundational infrastructure of clean and safe streets, the commercial infrastructure of bustling retail districts and the civic infrastructure of thriving common spaces. 

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