University City District Blog

Jan 13, 2020 14 days ago

2020 MLK Day Events and Volunteer Opportunities

Local organizations throughout our neighborhood are offering events to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, January 20th. See below for a collection of celebrations and volunteer opportunities. Want more to do? Our community calendar has a comprehensive list of upcoming events. 

 


 

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Dec 17, 2019 40 days ago

Announcing $895,000 of Support for WPSI and Green City Works

We are pleased to announce that we are the recipients of $895,000 in funds from the Connelly and William Penn Foundations. The funding will help to expand the reach of our West Philadelphia Sklils Initiative (WPSI) and support career growth and pathways out of intergenerational poverty, with a particular focus on Green City Works (GCW). GCW, a landscaping social venture which employs West Philadelphians, provides high quality design-build-maintenance landscaping services while transforming the way the industry trains, advances, and supports its workforce.

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Dec 17, 2019 41 days ago

UCD Welcomes Angela Dowd-Burton as New Garden Court Board Representative

At our December 16th meeting of our Board of Trustees, the UCD board approved Angela Dowd-Burton as the new representative for Garden Court Community Association. 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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Dec 05, 2019 53 days ago

The State of University City 2020

On Wednesday, December 4th, hundreds of guests attended our annual State of University City event at World Cafe Live.

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Dec 04, 2019 53 days ago

Welcoming Renata's Kitchen as the New Restaurant Operators at Trolley Portal Gardens

We at University City District are thrilled to announce that Renata’s Kitchen will be the new operators at 3940 Baltimore Avenue, the restaurant space within Trolley Portal Gardens. Kate Steenstra and Yasser Aiq, the co-owners of Renata’s Kitchen, have been serving the neighborhood for six years, and will bring their beloved brunch service, catering, and eventually dinner and bar service to this new, larger location.

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Dec 04, 2019 54 days ago

JP Morgan Gifts $1.5 Million to University City District to Support Expansion of the West Philadelphia Skills Initiative

On Wednesday, December 4th, JP Morgan announced details of a $1.5 million grant to UCD to support the West Philadelphia Skills Initiative, in collaboration with Temple University and the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC), as we partner to build a place-based network of employer-driven workforce programs in West, North, and South Philadelphia. Representatives from JP Morgan announced the funds to UCD staff and partners from Temple and PIDC this morning during the opening of a new branch of Chase Bank at 2815 Grays Ferry Avenue. 

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Nov 18, 2019 2 months ago

The HOW Group Partners with UCD on Path into the Trades

While The HOW Group has only been a member for less than a year, its partnership with UCD is creating a pathway to the skilled trades for talented West Philadelphians, and illustrating the potential that our relationships with members have to evolve for the benefit of the neighborhood.

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Nov 18, 2019 2 months ago

UCD Member Spotlight: AMC Delancey is Growing into University City

In nearly 30 years of real estate development and property management, AMC Delancey has become involved in all angles of the real estate field. Throughout their long history, they’ve invested in a wide range of asset classes – from hotels and golf courses, to land and industrial properties. Like many businesses, the 2009 financial collapse offered the company the opportunity to rethink its long-term strategy and reposition itself as a leader in multi-family apartments and multi-family mixed-use assets.

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Nov 15, 2019 2 months ago

2019 Holiday Happenings in University City

The winter holidays are alive in University City! We've collected some highlights from throughout the neighborhood of fun activities to celebrate. See our community calendar for a comprehensive list of neighborhood offerings and check out these highlights. 

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Nov 14, 2019 2 months ago

Citizens Bank Offers $125K Contribution to Support Expansion of the West Philadelphia Skills Initiative

On Thursday, November 14th, Citizens Bank announced a $125,000 investment in our nationally-recognized job training program, the West Philadelphia Skills Initiative (WPSI), in support of our expansion efforts. Citizens Bank’s substantial investment in WPSI is one of the largest the bank has made in Philadelphia.

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Nov 05, 2019 2 months ago

November 2019 at The Porch at 30th Street Station

We are making some changes to the schedule at The Porch due to the arrival of cold weather. We will now be welcoming only a single truck each day for weekday lunch vending. We've also expanded the hours of La Chocolatera, the new vendor of drinking chocolate, coffee, and baked goods. See more details on both below!  

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Oct 29, 2019 2 months ago

Celebrating Eight Years of The Porch at 30th Street Station

In 2010, the southern boundary of Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station – home to Amtrak, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), New Jersey Transit and their combined 27,000 daily commuters – was a drab strip of concrete. The area seemed to exist exclusively for cars entering and exiting the Schuylkill Expressway, or whizzing down Market Street through six lanes of traffic.

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Oct 16, 2019 3 months ago

Small Business Spotlight: Palma Marinas and PHilthy Paws

Not everyone gets to combine their personal passion with a professional pursuit. For Palma Marinas, owner of the new self-serve pet washing business PHilthy Paws at 806 South 47th Street, the road to working with animals took nearly 40 years.

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Oct 15, 2019 3 months ago

Fall Events in University City

Looking to enjoy fall and Halloween festivities in University City? You're in luck! In addition to the many blocks participating in trick-or-treating, there are also some great community events for those looking to celebrate and have some fun. See our community calendar for a comprehensive list of neighborhood offerings and check out these highlights. 

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Oct 08, 2019 3 months ago

Join a Community Cleanup on Saturday, October 26th

Help keep your neighborhood clean by joining a community cleanup on Saturday, October 26th from 9am to 2pm. 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. Due to community input, this will be the first of two fall cleanups we will organize.
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Oct 03, 2019 3 months ago

UCD Welcomes Drexel University's Donald E. Moore to Board of Trustees

We are pleased to announce Drexel Vice President of Real Estate and Facilities Donald Moore 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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Sep 24, 2019 4 months ago

October 2019 at The Porch at 30th Street Station

We have exciting things coming to The Porch at 30th Street Station this October that you won't want to miss, including a new rotation of food trucks, our finished Pavilion at The Porch, and a brand new vendor located in the turquoise cube three days each week!  

La Chocolatera Coming to The Porch! 

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Sep 17, 2019 4 months ago

Our New Just Spaces Tool Helps Organizations Evaluate Equity in Public Space

Over the past decade, UCD has become a nationally recognized leader in data-driven placemaking. We have spent years designing, building, and maintaining public venues like The Porch at 30th Street Station, Trolley Portal Gardens, Parklets, and pedestrian plazas, and lend our expertise to partners throughout the neighborhood when they are developing their own public spaces.

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Sep 01, 2019 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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Aug 30, 2019 4 months ago

September 2019 at The Porch at 30th Street Station

September at The Porch at 30th Street Station brings free weekly lunchtime performances presented by PECO, the adding of final touches to the new Pavilion at The Porch, post-work drinks three nights a week at the Pub, and of course a daily selection of food trucks. 

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