University City District Blog

Trolley Portal Gardens in July of 2021
Aug 04, 2021 31 hours ago

An Update on Changes to Trolley Portal Gardens

You may have noticed recent changes to our wildflower mounds at Trolley Portal Gardens. We unfortunately had to cut them back because they were causing safety concerns for the trolley operators moving through the space, as their sightlines were being impacted by the height of the plants, and the mounds were attracting vermin.

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Local leaders cut the ribbon on Philadelphia's first Parklet
Aug 03, 2021 2 days ago

Celebrating 10 Years of Philadelphia's First Parklet Program

Ten years ago today, UCD introduced Philadelphia's first Parklet at 43rd, just north of Baltimore Avenue. Our Parklets are landscaped with planters and a decorative railing, furnished with movable café tables and chairs, and add a distinct vibrancy and public gathering space to the neighborhood.

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Natasha and Lauren
Aug 03, 2021 2 days ago

Announcing Two New Staff Members at our West Philadelphia Skills Initiative

The West Philadelphia Skills Initiative (WPSI), our nationally renowned job training program that connects local residents seeking opportunity with employers seeking talent, has been keeping busy over the past few months. We've continued our trainings through virtual programming, we've expanded our work beyond the boundaries of West Philadelphia, and we recently hired two new staff members to join our team. Please join us in welcoming Lauren Bishop and Natasha Pratt! 

 

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A graphic depicting the logo for the UCD Data Digest
Aug 02, 2021 3 days ago

UCD Data Digest: Dipping Into Vehicular and Pedestrian Numbers

Welcome to the July 30th 2021 edition of the UCD Data Digest. In this series, we publish data and findings from our research on topics tied to transportation, jobs, real estate, crime, and more. We are always looking for opportunities to learn, grow, and collaborate. Email patrick@universitycity.org to learn more.

 

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A construction worker holds a sign that reads 'slow'
Jul 29, 2021 7 days ago

Regional Rail Service Adjustments for Upcoming Work

Below, we are sharing updates on upcoming construction projects to roads and public transit that may impact travel through University City. For more details, please visit the SEPTA website.

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Trolley Portal Gardens at Night
Jul 26, 2021 10 days ago

Pop-ups Returning to Trolley Portal Gardens

Now that summer is here in Philadelphia, we're excited to announce more new events at Trolley Portal Gardens, the public space we designed, built, and manage at 40th and Baltimore! Below, see a list of upcoming events and other reasons to visit Trolley Portal Gardens. 

Brunch, Dinner, or Drinks at Renata's Kitchen

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Mike Hardy with a bucket of tree tending tools
Jul 22, 2021 14 days ago

Mourning the Loss of Longtime Community Advocate and UCD Friend Mike Hardy

For some, home is simply where you store your possessions, where you eat, and where you rest at night. For others, home is more than that--it's a physical space, yes, but it's also a small part of a larger tapestry that is your neighborhood, your community. Some of us make small impacts on the neighborhoods we live in before moving on, like a single leaf that falls onto the sidewalk before it's swept away by broom or wind. Others have an impact like a seed that nestles in the earth, is nourished, and grows into a tree.

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Jul 16, 2021 20 days ago

UCD Data Digest: July Job Postings Pointing Toward Recovery

Welcome to the July 16 2021 edition of the UCD Data Digest. In this series, we publish data and findings from our research on topics tied to transportation, jobs, real estate, crime, and more. We are always looking for opportunities to learn, grow, and collaborate. Email patrick@universitycity.org to learn more.

 

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A crowd gathers in Clark Park for a movie night in 2016
Jul 06, 2021 30 days ago

Movies in Clark Park Returning August 2021

UCD, in partnership with Philadelphia Parks and Recreation and Friends of Clark Park, are thrilled to announce the return of Movies in Clark Park, four Fridays of free outdoor movies running from August 9th through August 30th. The schedule this year will be Black Panther, A League of Their Own, The Iron Giant, and Concrete Cowboy. The films will be screened beginning at sundown in the Clark Park bowl during fair weather. Bring a blanket or chair and join the fun!

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Jul 02, 2021 34 days ago

UCD Data Digest Digs Into Pedestrian Usage at West Philly's Clark Park

Welcome to the July 2 2021 edition of the UCD Data Digest. In this series, we publish data and findings from our research on topics tied to transportation, jobs, real estate, crime, and more. We are always looking for opportunities to learn, grow, and collaborate. Email patrick@universitycity.org to learn more.

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The Pavilion at The Porch
Jun 25, 2021 41 days ago

July 2021 at The Porch at 30th Street Station

Lunch trucks are back at The Porch this summer! Trucks will vend from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM, and the lineup for July will be:

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Jun 22, 2021 44 days ago

UCD Welcomes Drexel University's Julie Ann Jones to Board of Trustees

We are pleased to announce Drexel Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer Julie Ann Jones, PMP has joined our Board of Directors here at University City District. Our board, composed of community, business, institutional, and non-profit leaders from within University City, underwrites our Clean and Safe program and provides much-needed operating support.

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Jun 21, 2021 45 days ago

UCD Data Digest Examines Supposed Worker Shortage

Welcome to the June 21 2021 edition of the UCD Data Digest. In this series, we publish data and findings from our research on topics tied to transportation, jobs, real estate, crime, and more. We are always looking for opportunities to learn, grow, and collaborate. Email patrick@universitycity.org to learn more.

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Participants from the West Philadelphia Skills Initiative gather in a circle with their hands together
Jun 15, 2021 51 days ago

The Skills Initiative Names First Round of “WPSI Scholars” in Partnership with Graduate! Philadelphia

Our West Philadelphia Skills Initiative (WPSI) is pleased to name the inaugural group of “WPSI Scholars,” Skills Initiative alumni who will each receive financial assistance to help with continuing their professional education through a partnership with Graduate! Philadelphia. The 16 Scholars each received $1,000 scholarships toward tuition to cover degree, certification, or credentialing programs.

 

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A map of improvements coming to Walnut and Chestnut Streets
Jun 14, 2021 51 days ago

Chestnut Walnut Repaving and Complete Streets Safety Project

The City of Philadelphia's Office of Transportation, Infrastructure and Sustainability (oTIS) has launched a new initiative called the Chestnut & Walnut Repaving & Complete Streets Safety Project. They are seeking community feedback on redesign options for Walnut Street from 22nd to 63rd Street and Chestnut Street from 63rd Street to 34th Street.

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A SEPTA worker performing trolley track upkeep
Jun 09, 2021 57 days ago

SEPTA's Annual "Trolley Blitz" Will Take Place Between July 9th and July 26th, 2021

Beginning at 10 PM on July 9th, SEPTA crews will work around the clock, tackling critical track and power maintenance, station upgrades, and intensive cleaning as part of the 2021 Trolley Tunnel Blitz.

 

CHANGES TO SERVICE

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UCD Data Digest graphic header
Jun 07, 2021 59 days ago

UCD Data Digest for June 7, 2021

Welcome to the June 2021 edition of the UCD Data Digest. In this series, we publish data and findings from our research on topics tied to transportation, jobs, real estate, crime, and more. We are always looking for opportunities to learn, grow, and collaborate. Email patrick@universitycity.org to learn more.

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A graphic depicting the logo for the WPSI Labor Market Report
Jun 02, 2021 2 months ago

Labor Market Report for June 2nd, 2021

Every other week, we will be publishing labor market industry (LMI) data and important trends to consider in the development of an equitable economic recovery from the COVID-19 crisis. We are always looking for opportunities to learn, grow, and collaborate. Email wpsi@universitycity.org to learn more.

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Visitors enjoy a swing at The Porch at 30th Street Station
May 25, 2021 2 months ago

June 2021 at The Porch at 30th Street Station

Live music and lunch trucks are returning to The Porch this June! Help us kick off our June lineup of trucks with a performance by local musician Dan Blacksberg on Tuesday, June 1st, at 12 noon. With his trombone at the forefront, Dan carves out an exciting and unique sound in the music that anyone can dance to. RSVP here

Daily food truck vending is returning to The Porch! Trucks will vend from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM, and the lineup for the rest of the month will be:

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A crowd enjoying a movie in Clark Park
May 25, 2021 2 months ago

Summer 2021 Events in Clark Park

In partnership with the Friends of Clark Park, cinéSPEAK, and Shakespeare in Clark Park, we are excited to share plans for the return of in-person large events in Clark Park this summer.

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