University City District Blog

Sep 17, 2019 3 days ago

Our New Just Spaces Tool Helps Organizations Evaluate Equity in Public Space

Over the past decade, UCD has become a nationally recognized leader in data-driven placemaking. We have spent years designing, building, and maintaining public venues like The Porch at 30th Street Station, Trolley Portal Gardens, Parklets, and pedestrian plazas, and lend our expertise to partners throughout the neighborhood when they are developing their own public spaces.

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Sep 01, 2019 19 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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Aug 30, 2019 21 days ago

September 2019 at The Porch at 30th Street Station

September at The Porch at 30th Street Station brings free weekly lunchtime performances presented by PECO, the adding of final touches to the new Pavilion at The Porch, post-work drinks three nights a week at the Pub, and of course a daily selection of food trucks. 

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Aug 13, 2019 38 days ago

United Way Gifts $45,000 to Support the West Philadelphia Skills Initiative

We'd like to thank the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey for their continued support of our West Philadelphia Skills Initiative. This month, the United Way gifted us with $45,000 to support the operations of the Skills Initiative. They have been a longtime ally in our work to connect talented West Philadelphians to life-changing jobs at University City institutions and across the city of Philadelphia. 

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Aug 08, 2019 43 days ago

Catch Free Movies in Clark Park Fridays in August

UCD, in partnership with Philadelphia Parks and Recreation and Friends of Clark Park, will once again present Movies in Clark Park, four Fridays of free outdoor movies running from August 9th through August 30th. The schedule this year will be Solo: A Star Wars Story, Crazy Rich Asians, Creed II, and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. The films will be screened beginning at sundown in the Clark Park bowl during fair weather. Bring a blanket or chair, grab a snack at a food truck, and join the fun!

 

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Jul 30, 2019 52 days ago

August 2019 at The Porch at 30th Street Station

August at The Porch at 30th Street Station brings free weekly lunchtime performances presented by PECO, the completion of our new shade structure, post-work drinks three nights a week at the Pub, and of course a daily selection of food trucks. 

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Jul 24, 2019 58 days ago

Critical Infrastructure Work to Disrupt Transit in University City

In early August, two major infrastructure improvement projects will impact travel within University City.

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Jun 27, 2019 2 months 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 3 months 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 11, 2019 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 5 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 5 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 5 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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