University City District Blog

Dec 11, 2018 7 days ago

Staff Changes and Additions at the West Philadelphia Skills Initiative

The West Philadelphia Skills Initiative (WPSI), our nationally renowned job training program that connects local residents seeking opportunity with employers seeking talent, enjoyed a busy end to 2018. The Skills Initiative completed several cohorts, began recruitment for more, and made exciting staff changes that will help our program grow and reach our goal of serving 400 participants a year by 2021.

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Nov 27, 2018 21 days ago

Festive Events at Trolley Portal Gardens!

This December we're helping to celebrate the holidays at Trolley Portal Gardens!

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Nov 26, 2018 22 days ago

December 2018 Events in University City

Each month we aim to highlight theater, art, music, food, and tech events happening in University City. Want your event listed? Email us to get your organization added to our mailing list! 

What's Happening in December

 

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Nov 09, 2018 39 days ago

Our Next Community Cleanup will be Saturday, December 1st

Help keep your neighborhood clean by joining a community cleanup on Saturday, December 1st 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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Nov 02, 2018 46 days ago

November 2018 at The Porch at 30th Street Station

Daily lunch service continues in November at The Porch! Take advantage of mild weather to enjoy lunch in our beautifully landscaped space. Don't miss breakfast service from our friends at Schmear It on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday mornings through Thanksgiving! As a note, there will be no vending on November 22nd or 23rd.   

 

Make sure to keep an eye on our Twitter page for updates and cancelations.

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Oct 30, 2018 49 days ago

November 2018 Events in University City

Each month we aim to highlight theater, art, music, food, and tech events happening in University City. Want your event listed? Email us to get your organization added to our mailing list! 

What's Happening in November

 

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Oct 15, 2018 2 months ago

UCD Partners with Drexel and the City on 30th Street Station Traffic Management Pilot

As part of a larger effort to address transportation issues throughout our district, we have recently partnered with the City of Philadelphia and Drexel University to develop a pilot program to address congestion issues at 30th Street Station through improved traffic management. A component of the City's CONNECT: Philadelphia's Strategic Transportation Plan, this effort will help Philadelphia reach its goals to both improve traffic safety and manage congestion.

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Oct 04, 2018 2 months ago

Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House: Expanding their vision for children and families

University City is a pioneer in the provision of care for sick children and support for their families who travel far and wide to obtain for the best treatment for serious illnesses. Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) was the first hospital opened to care specifically for the needs of children. It was a pediatric oncologist there, Dr. Audrey Evans, who saw the toll taken on families with children undergoing long-term care, and whose vision laid the groundwork for the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House (PRMH).

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Oct 02, 2018 2 months ago

October 2018 Events in University City

 

Each month we aim to highlight theater, art, music, food, and tech events happening in University City. Want your event listed? Email us to get your organization added to our mailing list! 

What's Happening in October

 

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Oct 01, 2018 2 months ago

October 2018 at The Porch at 30th Street Station

This October will be an exciting month at The Porch! See below for the full list of trucks vending each day for lunch, details on breakfast, drinks, shopping, yoga, and a fun art installation!

As part of the upcoming Design Philadelphia Festival we are partnering with local firm MIO to temporarily install custom seesaw and swivel chair furniture at The Porch from Friday, October 5th through the 12th. We're kicking things off with a party this Friday featuring an acrobatic dance performance, a DJ, and special drinks at the Pub. Check out this video the see the seesaws in action!

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Sep 28, 2018 2 months ago

We Cut the Ribbon on Trolley Portal Gardens!

Hundreds of stakeholders, friends and neighbors attended the September 27th ribbon cutting for Trolley Portal Gardens.

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Sep 26, 2018 2 months ago

Experience Trolley Portal Gardens at 40th and Baltimore!

Trolley Portal Gardens, UCD's brand new public space at 40th and Baltimore, is the culmination of years of fundraising, planning, and construction to transform the 40th Street Trolley Portal into a welcoming, inclusive neighborhood amenity. The space is also home to the brand new Trolley Car Station restaurant, which is officially open to the public! 

 

 

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Sep 05, 2018 3 months ago

UCD + Local Artist Glossblack Team up for Market Street Bridge Refresh

Three years after University City District (UCD), Center City District (CCD), the Schuylkill River Development Corporation (SRDC), and the design group Groundswell partnered to enhance the Market Street Bridge, UCD has refreshed the project, including collaborating with Philadelphia artist Glossblack on a unique and colorful mural installation on the central planters.

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Aug 29, 2018 3 months ago

September 2018 Events in University City

Each month we aim to highlight theater, art, music, food, and tech events happening in University City. Want your event listed? Email us to get your organization added to our mailing list! 

What's Happening in September

 

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Aug 29, 2018 3 months ago

The Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll Returns September 13th

The Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll, presented in association with the Baltimore Avenue Business Association (BABA), returns for second time on Thursday, September 13th, from 5:30pm – 8:30pm. During this unique event, University City’s Baltimore Avenue between 43rd and 52nd Streets showcases its businesses with $1 bargains from neighborhood favorites, ranging from bites from signature restaurants to pet supplies to theater tickets.

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Aug 28, 2018 3 months ago

Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry Visit the West Philadelphia Skills Initiative

On August 24th, we were honored to welcome Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry to the West Philadelphia Skills Initiative. Secretary Jerry Oleksiak and Deputy Secretary for Workforce Development Eileen Cipriani toured our training facility and participated in a roundtable discussion with local employers and workforce partners. A lifelong educator, Secretary Oleksiak met with our current participants – who are training for Security Officer positions with Allied Universal – who talked about their experience in WPSI and their career aspirations.

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Aug 17, 2018 4 months ago

Locally Grown Development with People and Neighborhoods in Mind

Living on the 4100 block of Ludlow Street in the mid-to-late 1980s, Ahsan Nasratullah got a front row seat to the challenges and opportunities in University City. Amid growing anchor institutions like the University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, he saw great potential to cultivate a vibrant retail landscape. At the same time, he sought to support growing local jobs and much-needed services in a section of the city that was struggling to thrive.

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Aug 09, 2018 4 months ago

Join UCD for a Ribbon Cutting for Trolley Portal Gardens

We are thrilled to invite the neighborhood to join us in celebrating the official grand opening of Trolley Portal Gardens! Please come out and join us for a ribbon cutting, an open house, and light refreshments provided by the owners of Trolley Car Station on Thursday, September 27th from 5PM-7PM. Register here.

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Jul 30, 2018 4 months ago

August 2018 at The Porch at 30th Street Station

This August we are welcoming a new schedule of food trucks and PECO Performances to The Porch at 30th Street Station. Please note that neither Schmear It nor the Pub at The Porch will operate out of the pop-up in the middle of the space, although Schmear It will bring their truck out for breakfast service on the western edge of the space.

 

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