University City District Blog

Oct 05, 2017 13 days ago

The Philadelphia Orchestra Comes to The Porch on October 23

On Monday, October 23rd we are welcoming members of The Philadelphia Orchestra for a free lunchtime performance at The Porch at 30th Street Station!As part of their city-wide Audience Appreciation Day, a brass ensemble will perform free of charge from noon to 1 pm. Enjoy this wonderful chance to see some of Philadelphia's best musicians at The Porch!

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Oct 03, 2017 15 days ago

20 Years, 20 Stories: The Enterprise Center

As Philadelphians come together to celebrate Minority Enterprise Development (MED) week –  a time when minority businesses are fêted and encouraged through city-wide events –  we couldn’t imagine a better organization to highlight than The Enterprise Center. This West Philadelphia non-profit has been providing access to capital, capacity building, business education and economic development opportunities to high-potential, minority entrepreneurs since 1989. To learn more about the history of The Enterprise Center (TEC) and its role in the community we spoke with the organization’s president, Della Clark, who has led TEC since 1992.

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Oct 02, 2017 16 days ago

Recapping a Great Summer 2017 in University City

After two Baltimore Avenue Dollar Strolls, ten evenings of University City Dining Days, four editions of the 40th Street Summer Series, four movies in Clark Park, dozens of PECO Performances at The Porch, thousands of pairs of sunglasses, hundreds of bottles of bubbles, and only a few rainouts, our 2017 Summer in University City series has come to an end!

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Sep 29, 2017 19 days ago

October at The Porch at 30th Street Station

Although the summer season of performances has ended, October will still be a great time to enjoy The Porch! Take advantage of cooler temperatures while enjoying food trucks during lunch Monday through Friday, breakfast on Thursday mornings, and the Pub at The Porch on select evenings.

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Sep 19, 2017 29 days ago

20 Years, 20 Stories: Joan Myers Brown and PHILADANCO!

The building that houses PHILADANCO, the West Philadelphia dance institution, isn’t terribly hard to find. Need a street sign to guide you? Search for a small block just north of Market Street with the name PHILADANCO Way. Still lost? Look for the brown brick building stamped with PHILADANCO in big white letters.

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Sep 05, 2017 43 days ago

20 Years, 20 Stories: Dock Street Brewery

Selecting just one story to tell about Rosemarie Certo, the charismatic woman behind Dock Street Brewery, wasn’t easy. We could have told the story of an immigrant whose widowed mother left behind everything she knew in Sicily to settle in America. Rosemarie's story could have been about a woman earning widespread acclaim with a hugely successful brand in an industry traditionally dominated by men.

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Aug 28, 2017 51 days ago

September at The Porch at 30th Street Station

We have a very exciting month of September in store at The Porch at 30th Street Station, featuring food, pop-up performances, and the debut of our brand new outdoor bar!

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Aug 23, 2017 56 days ago

Announcing the Pub at The Porch

Since its introduction in late 2011, The Porch at 30th Street Station has become one of Philadelphia’s most vibrant public spaces, with amenities such as flexible seating, seasonal horticulture, rotating food trucks, and eclectic performances. And now, The Porch will soon be a destination for post-work drinks, thanks to a collaboration between University City District, SHIFTSPACE and Bridgewater’s Pub.

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Aug 08, 2017 2 months ago

20 Years, 20 Stories: The West Philadelphia Skills Initiative

There are no typical days at the West Philadelphia Skills Initiative, University City District’s workforce development program that’s been connecting unemployed West Philadelphians to jobs with major local employers since 2011. Throw a dart at a calendar and a given day may feature on-the-job training with a future employer, a presentation on financial literacy, or mock interviews designed to prepare participants for the real thing with a potential employer. Is it a Friday?

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Aug 01, 2017 2 months ago

Seven New Members Join UCD Board of Directors

We at UCD are pleased to announce seven new members to our 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: Elizabeth Azari from the National Board of Medical Examiners; Mark Celoni from Pennoni Associates; David Forde from University of the Sciences, and Michael Froehlich from  Cedar Park Neighbors; Ken Gedaka from FMC Corporation; Keith Kasper from Penn Medicine; and George Poulin from Powelton Village Civic Association.

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Jul 28, 2017 2 months ago

Food Trucks and PECO Performances at The Porch August Lineup

August is a great time to enjoy The Porch! Throughout the month, we'll welcome two food trucks each weekday to serve lunch at The Porch at 30th. Lunch is served Monday through Friday from 11:30 am to 2 pm. Also, stop by for breakfast Thursdays beginning at 7 am! This month we will also be debuting Pub at The Porch, a new partnership with Bridgewater's that will offer beer and wine on select weekday evenings.

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Jul 24, 2017 2 months ago

2017 Movies in Clark Park

Free movies are returning to University City! UCD, in partnership with Philadelphia Parks and Recreation and Friends of Clark Park, will once again present Movies in Clark Park, five weeks of free outdoor movies. Each screening will be preceded by fun activities and offerings from local organizations and performance groups.

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Jul 12, 2017 3 months ago

Free Water Ice Giveaway from Trolley Car Station

Looking to beat the heat? Celebrate the beginning of major construction at the Trolley Car Station, a diner coming to University City in 2018. Come enjoy FREE water ice from Trolley Car Ice Cream at the intersection of 40th and Baltimore at the Trolley Portal on Wednesday, July 19th from 4:30-6:30 pm. No forms, no catch-- just FREE water ice (while supplies last)!
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Jul 12, 2017 3 months ago

20 Years, 20 Stories: Local Innovator Judy Wicks

Even if you don’t know Judy Wicks by name, chances are if you live in University City, care about where your food comes from, or have shopped at a lifestyle store in Philadelphia, you’ve been impacted by her legacy.

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Jun 26, 2017 3 months ago

Food Trucks at The Porch July Lineup

July is a great time to enjoy The Porch! Starting Wednesday July 5th, we'll welcome two food trucks each weekday to serve lunch at The Porch at 30th. Lunch is served Monday through Friday from 11:30 am to 2 pm. Also, stop by for breakfast Thursdays beginning at 7 am! See the full lineup below, and make sure to follow The Porch on Twitter and Facebook for any changes.

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Jun 26, 2017 3 months ago

University City Dining Days Returns July 13-23

University City Dining Days, our popular “3 courses, 3 prices” promotion, returns for ten days this summer, running July 13th - 23rd. Thirty popular University City dining destinations – including five restaurants participating for the first time—will offer a pre-fixe three-course dinner special for $15, $25 or $35. Dining Days is part of UCD’s Summer in University City programming, expanded this year to celebrate our 20th anniversary. 

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Jun 20, 2017 3 months ago

20 Years, 20 Stories: Dahlak

All year we are publishing stories in our 20 Years, 20 Stories series to celebrate UCD's 20th anniversary.

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Jun 12, 2017 4 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 $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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Jun 06, 2017 4 months ago

20 Years, 20 Stories: Clark Park

What’s the first thing you think of when you hear the words Clark Park? We polled people and received answers ranging from simple things like sledding, dogs, drumming, trees, Charles Dickens, and soccer, to loftier responses like relationships, childhood, tranquility, and diversity.

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Jun 06, 2017 4 months ago

Trolley Portal Gardens Construction Update

In December we celebrated a ceremonial groundbreaking for Trolley Portal Gardens, the future site of a public space and restaurant at the 40th Street Trolley Portal. Since then, UCD has been hard at work with our partners, finalizing the details needed to start construction.

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