University City District Blog

Apr 20, 2018 29 hours ago

Brewery Takeovers Coming to the Pub at The Porch Outdoor Bar

This spring and summer we'll be partnering with Bridgewaters Pub and local breweries to bring rare local beers to the Pub at The Porch! On five Thursdays from May through June, local breweries will take over the Pub to serve beer in the outdoor bar area, plus special cans and bottles as takeout options.

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Apr 11, 2018 10 days ago

JPMorgan Chase Invests $225,000 in UCD to Support Economic Opportunity for Local Residents

University City District is pleased to share that on Friday, April 6th, JPMorgan Chase & Co. announced a $225,000 grant at a presentation and symposium. The funds from this global investor will help fuel the West Philadelphia Skills Initiative (WPSI) job training program and support our efforts to leverage University City institutions' purchasing power to connect local residents to economic opportunity.
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Apr 11, 2018 10 days ago

Sarah Steltz Joins University City District as Vice President for Workforce Solutions

We are pleased to announce the hiring of Sarah Steltz as our organization’s new Vice President for Workforce Solutions. In her new role, Sarah will oversee University City District's nationally renowned job training program, the West Philadelphia Skills Initiative, and lead UCD’s efforts to connect talented local residents to University City’s explosive economic growth.

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Mar 29, 2018 23 days ago

April at The Porch at 30th Street Station

Spring has finally arrived in Philadelphia, which means increased activity at The Porch at 30th Street Station! In April we'll once again welcome two trucks a day for weekday lunchtime vending. Schmear It will continue operating each weekday morning from the pop-up in the center of The Porch. See the full schedule below.

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Mar 27, 2018 25 days ago

20 Years, 20 Stories: A Look Back—And Forward—from UCD's Chairs

Over the course of the past year we’ve shared stories about the local restaurants, organizations, people and places that have helped shape University City into a thriving community since University City District’s foundation in 1997. We’ve also focused on the men and women at UCD who have fully embraced the organization’s mission, creating programs to improve the physical fabric of the community and offering opportunities to neighbors to ensure they too could benefit from the district’s rapid transformation. 

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Mar 23, 2018 29 days ago

Now Accepting Community Vendors for the Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll

University City District (UCD) and the Baltimore Avenue Business Association are excited to announce the return of the Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll on Thursday, June 7 and Thursday, September 13, 2018. The event draws thousands of neighbors and visitors to enjoy $1 specials from participating vendors.

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Mar 14, 2018 38 days ago

Join a Community Cleanup on April 14th

Help keep your neighborhood clean by joining a community cleanup on Saturday, April 14th 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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Feb 26, 2018 54 days ago

Daily Lunch Service Returning to The Porch

Beginning Thursday, March 1st, daily weekday lunch service returns to The Porch! Throughout March catch one truck each day during lunchtime, plus Schmear It vending each morning from the pop-up in the middle of The Porch.

The schedule is below, but keep an eye on our Twitter and Facebook pages for any weather-related changes. 

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Feb 15, 2018 2 months ago

University City District and Partners Receive $5 Million Grant from Lenfest Foundation to Accelerate Career Opportunities for Local Residents

We are thrilled and honored to announce that University City District, the University City Science Center and Drexel University have been awarded a $5 million grant from the Lenfest Foundation. The three-year grant will support a unique partnership that leverages University City's explosive economic growth in order to train and place unemployed West Philadelphia residents in family-sustaining jobs today, while equipping the community's workforce with the skills and certifications needed to connect to the jobs of the future.

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Feb 14, 2018 2 months ago

Our 2017 Annual Review Highlights 20 Years of Impact

2017 proved to be momentous for University City District.

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Jan 30, 2018 2 months ago

20 Years, 20 Stories: Building Philadelphia's Second Skyline

Most of the stories in our 20 Years, 20 Stories campaign have focused on University City and West Philadelphia legends, lore, and favorites—from storied restaurants, to the origins of University City District initiatives, to profiles of local arts groups. Today, we turn our attention to the new University City, the University City currently rising along the western banks of the Schuylkill River.

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Jan 17, 2018 3 months ago

Mariposa: The Little Co-op that Could

A recent frigid morning didn’t stop shoppers from making their way into Mariposa Co-op. The cooperative grocery store fills the building at 4824 Baltimore Avenue to bursting with farm-fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables, bulk grains, nuts and pasta, high-quality meats and cheeses, and much more. The customers browsing the aisles are as diverse as the offerings: a young white woman with green hair wearing a faux fur coat; a middle-aged black man still wearing his winter cap and thick coat; a dark-skinned 20 something with a pierced septum. 

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Dec 22, 2017 3 months ago

The Porch at 30th Street Station in February, 2018

Through February, The Porch will feature fewer options for outdoor lunch due to the cold weather. Two trucks will vend each week for lunch and our friends from Schmear It will set up shop in the pop-up in the center of The Porch each morning.

The schedule is below, but keep an eye on our Twitter and Facebook pages for pop-up vending during warmer weather days. 

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Dec 19, 2017 4 months ago

20 Years, 20 Stories: UCD's Mr. Fix-It

You always know when Ryan Spak is in the office for the day. Although he only works at UCD part-time, he makes his hours count. He’s always hustling in through the back door, barking into his cell phone, zipping from meeting to meeting, and wasting no time getting down to business so he can solve one problem and move onto the next. He’s UCD’s Mr. Fix-It, our professor of permits, the deed detective. You need a drywall guy? An electrician? Need to know how to navigate L&I? Call Ryan Spak. But chances are he’s on the other line. 

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Dec 05, 2017 4 months ago

UCD Receives Funding From Lincoln Financial Foundation

We are pleased to share that we recently received a $20,000 grant from the Lincoln Financial Foundation to support the West Philadelphia Skills Initiative, our job training program that connects employers seeking talent with West Philadelphians seeking opportunity. Lincoln Financial Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Lincoln Financial Group, believes in empowering people to live greater lives, which advances culture and empowers greater positive change.

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Nov 30, 2017 4 months ago

Spreading Cheer and Combating Homelessness with a Holiday Pop-Up at The Porch

The Porch at 30th Street Station is about to get a lot more festive thanks to a new "Spread Holiday Cheer" campaign, a collaboration with Project HOME and Schmear It. For three weeks in December, from the 4th through the 22nd, UCD is hosting a special, holiday pop-up in the center of The Porch at 30th Street. The pop-up will enliven UCD's flagship public space while contributing to the fight against homelessness in Philadelphia.

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Nov 29, 2017 4 months ago

20 Years, 20 Stories: UCD Safety Ambassador Shaun Loadholt

All throughout University City, a group of dedicated men and women work 365 days a year to keep our neighborhood safe. There’s Mike, standing at 40th and Market each morning as commuters exit the subway station, or Brianna who takes over for the evening commute. Each day when the final bell rings at the Penn Alexander School, Ryan is there to greet the students. Tuhran hands out materials at college safety fairs to educate students about bike safety and situational awareness.

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Nov 17, 2017 5 months ago

Help Clean Your Neighborhood with a Community Cleanup on Saturday December 2

We are once again partnering with the City of Philadelphia on a neighborhood cleanup on Saturday, December 2nd. We will assist block captains, students, volunteer groups and neighbors by providing trash bags, brooms, work gloves, and trash pickup.

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Nov 14, 2017 5 months ago

20 Years, 20 Stories: A Retrospective with UCD Founders

University City District launched in 1997, as dedicated residents, institutions and businesses came together to help improve their community. As we look back over the past twenty years, we could think of no one more well-suited to reflecting on the neighborhood's transformation than those who were most involved in creating UCD. In this short video, hear from five of the founding members of University City District's Board of Directors on why the organization started, why they became involved, and how they've seen the neighborhood grow and change since UCD's formation.

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Nov 09, 2017 5 months ago

The State of University City 2018

On Thursday, November 9, more than 300 guests attended our annual State of University City event at World Cafe Live. This event served as an opportunity to celebrate UCD's 20th anniversary, while highlighting the major advancements in the neighborhood. Drexel President John Fry and University of Pennsylvania Executive Vice President Craig Carnaroli, the respective founding and current chairs of the UCD Board of Directors, joined UCD President Matt Bergheiser as speakers during the event.

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