University City District Blog

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Nov 29, 2022 5 days ago

West Philly Holiday Hoopla on Saturday, Dec. 10th!

On Saturday, December 10, celebrate the holiday season with events and deals across University City and West Philadelphia! Get into the holiday spirit by shopping at local vendor markets, enjoying one-day offers from restaurants and small businesses, and enjoying festive events throughout the neighborhood.

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Nov 20, 2022 14 days ago

Your 2022 Guide to the Holidays in University City

West Philadelphia is getting festive during this holiday season, with unique performances, ongoing deals at local small businesses and restaurants, and plenty of opportunities to shop from local vendors. Click to learn more!

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Clark Park's "B" Park
Nov 15, 2022 19 days ago

Help Shape a Renewal of Clark Park!

Clark Park, the 9-acre oasis located between 43rd and 45th Streets and Baltimore and Woodland Avenue in West Philadelphia, is due for a refreshment, and the Friends of Clark Park want your input! The Friends of Clark Park have hired Philadelphia-based landscape architecture firm Studio Bryan Hanes to help develop a 2024 Master Plan for Clark Park’s “B Park,” the portion of Clark Park south of Chester Avenue that contains the bowl, playground, basketball courts, and more.

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A photo from University City of a tree during the fall with leaves on the sidewalk
Nov 02, 2022 32 days ago

Details on Fall 2022 Leaf Collection

Fall is a beautiful time to live and work in University City. We are lucky to have a stunning canopy of trees, and watching the leaves turn helps announce the true arrival of autumn to the area. Of course, with changing leaves comes major clean-up duties this time of year. Below, read about upcoming leaf collection options provided by the City.

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Oct 10, 2022 55 days ago

Citizens Bank Continues Support of the Skills Initiative with $60,000 Contribution

We are sharing our gratitude in announcing that Citizens Bank has awarded us another $60,000 grant to support our nationally-recognized job training program, the West Philadelphia Skills Initiative (WPSI). This generous contribution pushes the total support offered by the Citizens Charitable Foundation to the Skills Initiative to over $550,000 since our program's inception.

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Oct 10, 2022 55 days ago

Ethiopian Community Association Awards Ryan Spak with Neighborhood Champion Award

On Saturday, October 8th, Ryan Spak (pictured right, next to Councilwoman Gauthier) was presented with a Neighborhood Champion Award from the Ethiopian Community Association of Greater Philadelphia during their grand "re-opening" event.

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WPSI graduates on stage receiving awards
Sep 29, 2022 2 months ago

Celebrating Ten Years of the West Philadelphia Skills Initiative

On Wednesday, September 28th, 2022, hundreds of West Philadelphia Skills Initiative alumni, partners, and friends gathered at World Cafe Live to celebrate ten years of our nationally-recognized job training program. The event featured remarks from key partners, awards for notable Skills Initiative alumni, and catching up with friends and former staff. 

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Cait Garozzo (center) listens to WPSI participants during a graduation ceremony
Sep 27, 2022 2 months ago

Caitlin Garozzo Named Executive Director of the West Philadelphia Skills Initiative

We’re pleased to announce that Caitlin Garozzo has been promoted to Executive Director of the West Philadelphia Skills Initiative. Cait is a proven leader who brings a deep commitment to identifying and creating opportunities that promote equity, support growth, and provide meaningful solutions for employers and WPSI participants.

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Sep 12, 2022 2 months ago

UCD Hiring for Two New Leadership Positions

University City District is hiring for two new leadership positions to advance our work of investing in place and investing in people in one of the most economically dynamic communities in the country. We are seeking a Vice-President of Strategic Advancement and a Human Resources Director to join our dynamic team. Read more about each position below, and please share with your networks to help us find top candidates. We are proud to partner with DiverseForce on this search. 


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Aug 30, 2022 3 months ago

September 2022 Food Trucks and Activations at The Porch at 30th Street

The Porch at 30th Street is alive with performances, pop-ups, and of course, food trucks! We're excited to share details on August food trucks, pop-ups, and performances below. We hope to see you at The Porch!  



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Aug 29, 2022 3 months ago

The Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll Returns Thursday, September 15th 2022

On Thursday, September 15th, West Philadelphia’s Baltimore Avenue will transform into a shopper’s dream during the Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll. From 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM, visitors are invited to stroll up and down Baltimore Avenue between 40th and 51st Streets for one-night-only $1, $3, and $5 deals on food, drinks, merchandise, and more from local businesses and neighborhood vendors.

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Aug 16, 2022 3 months ago

New Community-Designed Banners Adorning Baltimore Avenue

Have you noticed new pops of color along Baltimore Avenue? This past week we installed 70 new banners promoting the commercial corridor between 45th and 50th. The banner design was selected as the winner of a contest we held in the spring of 2020, but fabrication and installation were delayed due to the pandemic. Finally, after over two years, they’ve found their homes flying above the avenue.

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Aug 05, 2022 3 months ago

Checking In On The State Of The Philadelphia Labor Market

The labor market of the past 30 months has been more varied than any other time in recent memory. Unemployment rates swung from record lows to record highs in weeks, and then quickly fell back. Some industries that were well prepared to adjust to the pandemic economy have thrived, while others have struggled with labor shortages and supply chain issues. In recent months, inflation concerns, along with the stubborn continuation of COVID-19, have continued to weigh on the minds of economists and employers.

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A community vendor cooking up offerings at the June 2022 Dollar Stroll
Aug 02, 2022 4 months ago

Now Accepting Community Vendors for the September 2022 Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll

University City District (UCD) will hold our second Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll on Thursday, September 15th, from 5:30 - 8:30 PM. 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 crowd enjoying a movie in Clark Park
Jul 29, 2022 4 months ago

Movies in Clark Park 2022

UCD, in partnership with Philadelphia Parks and Recreation and Friends of Clark Park, is bringing back free outdoor movies to Clark Park Friday nights in August, 2022! This year, we're presenting Music Movies: four films with great music at their center. Our movies are screened at dusk, in fair weather only, and are always shown with closed captioning enabled to assist the hearing impaired.

Click below to RSVP via Facebook!

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Jul 27, 2022 4 months ago

August 2022 Food Trucks, Performances, and Pop-Ups at The Porch

The Porch at 30th Street is alive with performances, pop-ups, and of course, food trucks! We're excited to share details on August food trucks, pop-ups, and performances below. We hope to see you at The Porch!  


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Jul 25, 2022 4 months ago

Staff Additions and Updates for July 2022

Today, we are excited to share news of a new colleague at our West Philadelphia Skills Initiative and three promotions within our staff. Please join us in welcoming new hire A.J. Adams and congratulating Lauren Bishop, Nick Edelman, and Dr. Romaine Thrower on their new titles. 

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Two WPSI graduates embrace at a graduation in 2017
Jul 18, 2022 4 months ago

West Philadelphia Skills Initiative Receives Transformative $3.5 Million in Grant Support from The Pew Charitable Trusts

We are thrilled to announce that our West Philadelphia Skills Initiative (WPSI) has been selected by The Pew Charitable Trusts as the recipient of a $3.5 million growth grant through the Pew Fund for Health and Human Services (Pew Fund). This 5-year grant is among the largest in our workforce program’s history and will provide significant support for continued impact in the region.

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Jul 08, 2022 4 months ago

University City Dining Days Returns July 21st - 31st, 2022

University City Dining Days, our popular “3 courses, 3 prices” promotion, returns for ten days this summer, running July 21st-31st. 29 University City dining destinations – including six restaurants participating for the first time—will offer pre-fixe three-course lunch and dinner specials for $20, $30 or $40.

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An image reading "July Food Trucks" with two trucks
Jul 08, 2022 4 months ago

July 2022 Food Trucks, Performances, and Pop-Ups at The Porch

The Porch at 30th Street is alive with performances, pop-ups, and of course, food trucks! We're excited to share details on July food trucks, pop-ups, and performances below, including some fun promotions to get you ready for University City Dining Days, returning July 21st - 31st. We hope to see you at The Porch!  


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