University City District Blog

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Aug 05, 2022 6 days 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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Aug 02, 2022 9 days 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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Jul 29, 2022 13 days 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 15 days 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 17 days 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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Jul 18, 2022 24 days 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 34 days 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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Jul 08, 2022 34 days 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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Jun 29, 2022 43 days ago

WPSI Receives $200,000 from the Chappell Culpeper Foundation

We are excited to share that we have received a $200,000 grant over two years from the Chappell Culpeper Foundation to support our West Philadelphia Skills Initiative (WPSI). This investment will specifically support WPSI’s alumni services and continuing education for Skills Initiative graduates, two crucial elements of our program that allow us to stay connected to participants after graduation and offer continued guidance, resources, and opportunities through their career journeys.

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Jun 22, 2022 50 days ago

SEPTA's Annual "Trolley Blitz" Will Take Place Between July 8th and July 25th, 2022

Beginning at 10 PM on July 8th, SEPTA crews will work around the clock, tackling critical track and power maintenance, station upgrades, and intensive cleaning as part of the 2022 Trolley Tunnel Blitz.



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Jun 21, 2022 51 days ago

Welcoming Three New UCD Board Members

We are pleased to announce three new members to our University City District 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: David Beaupré, Vice President for Finance & Administration and Treasurer at St. Joseph's University; Tracy S.

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Jun 10, 2022 2 months ago

UCD Data Digest: The Steady Return of Pedestrian Traffic in University City

With summer rapidly approaching, students are heading home for a few months' break, and many of us who work in University City offices are settling into new hybrid work schedules. This has an impact on how we get around the neighborhood, so this month we are revisiting our transit recovery statistics. 

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Visitors enjoying Baltimore Avenue
Jun 09, 2022 2 months 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 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.

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Jun 06, 2022 2 months ago

UCD Employee Spotlight: Margaret Starke

Local businesses selling items to hundreds of visitors along Baltimore Avenue while a band plays brass versions of 90s hits. Families sitting under the stars in Clark Park while a favorite movie is projected on a huge screen. Three courses of delicious offerings from a new restaurant you’ve been dying to try. Ballet dancers performing before the iconic 30th Street Station.

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Jun 02, 2022 2 months ago

The Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll Returns Thursday, June 16th 2022

On Thursday, June 16th, 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 52nd 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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May 23, 2022 2 months ago

Please Welcome New GCW Staff Member Alvin Rios

We are happy to announce a new member of the leadership team at Green City Works (GCW), our landscaping social impact subsidiary. Alvin Rios has joined GCW as our Landscape Operations Manager, bringing twenty years of experience ranging from landscape design to working for irrigation startups to building relationships with big brands including Urban Outfitters.

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May 23, 2022 2 months ago

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

Since opening in April, The Porch has been alive with performances, pop-ups, and of course, food trucks! We welcomed local band SNACKTIME for a kick-off party, gave away free flowers, tacos, and plants, hosted live music, and were excited to see people returning to the space after a long winter. 

We're excited to share details on June food trucks, pop-ups, and performances below. We hope to see you at The Porch!  


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May 23, 2022 2 months ago

Details on 2022 40th Street Trolley Track Renewal Project

SEPTA is continuing their excavation and renewal work to trolley tracks on 40th Street and the curve at 42nd and Spruce that will impact travel and parking throughout the summer. At the project's end, trolley riders and vehicles traveling along 40th Street will enjoy smoother streets, refreshed line painting, and improved track components.

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May 18, 2022 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 2022!

Want even more events? Make sure to visit our Community Calendar

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Members of a 2018 WPSI cohort
May 09, 2022 3 months ago

Bank of America Offers $100,000 in Support of Our West Philadelphia Skills Initiative

We are deeply grateful to Bank of America for their recent $100,000 grant for our West Philadelphia Skills Initiative. The generous grant is part of Bank of America's philanthropic giving efforts in local communities. Awardees were selected for their commitment to addressing basic needs, medical response, and workforce development for individuals and families.

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