University City District Blog

May 14, 2019 5 days ago

StoryCorps' MobileBooth Coming to The Porch at 30th Street

Calling all storytellers! StoryCorps, a renowned nonprofit organization celebrating the stories of everyday Americans, will record interviews in Philadelphia from May 28, 2019 to June 26, 2019 at The Porch at 30th Street Station as part of its cross-country MobileBooth tour. Having collected more than 65,000 interviews from Americans in all 50 states, StoryCorps has gathered one of the largest single collections of human voices ever recorded.

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May 02, 2019 17 days 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 2019!

 

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Apr 30, 2019 19 days ago

Ronald McDonald House Expansion Nears Completion

In the same year they will celebrate their forty-fifth anniversary, the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House is undergoing a massive expansion to more than double their capacity to serve families in need of temporary housing during their children’s treatment. The Room in Our Hearts expansion campaign will grow capacity from 45 to 127 rooms at the Chestnut Street house, and modernize and expand common facilities to more than double the number of families the organization can serve each year.

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Apr 30, 2019 19 days ago

May 2019 at The Porch at 30th Street Station

We have an exciting month at The Porch at 30th! This month we have a great selection of food trucks vending lunch each weekday, plus we'll be working on three exciting additions to The Porch! 

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Apr 18, 2019 31 days ago

Movies in Clark Park Audience Choice!

Movies in Clark Park is returning this August for four nights of films under the stars. Thanks to everyone who voted in our online poll to select an audience choice film. The winner is...

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Apr 16, 2019 33 days ago

Help Pick a Ground Mural Design for Cedar Park

UCD, Cedar Park Neighbors, and local mural and fine art company Hagopian Arts are working together to install a ground mural at Cedar Park, and we want your input! Help us choose between three nature-inspired mural designs. The winning design will be added to the small plaza at the eastern edge of the park. 

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Apr 03, 2019 46 days ago

Skills Initiative Grows to Serve Citywide Employers, New Credentialing Opportunities

As the West Philadelphia Skills Initiative (WPSI) expands in the months ahead, the team is building new approaches to the program model in order to better serve both employer partners and jobseekers.

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Apr 01, 2019 48 days ago

UCD’s Pioneering Social Enterprise Turns Three

This month, Green City Works officially turns 3! Since launching, our landscaping social venture – created to provide job opportunities to talented local residents – has succeeded beyond our wildest hopes. What began as a marriage of our core areas of expertise in placemaking and job training has turned into a landscaping business that serves over 35 commercial clients across Philadelphia and manages over 1.5 million square feet of green space.

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Mar 26, 2019 54 days ago

April 2019 at The Porch at 30th Street Station

Happy spring! In April we're welcoming back a full slate of food trucks vending lunch each weekday. In April we're bringing in five brand new trucks to The Porch, plus breakfast each Thursday morning from Schmear It. See below for descriptions of each truck and the full schedule. We hope you'll join us for lunch as the weather gets nicer! 

Make sure to keep an eye on our Twitter page for updates and cancelations, and stay tuned for news on performances and other new amenities coming to The Porch!

Mondays:

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Mar 18, 2019 2 months ago

Innovation Spotlight: Children's Hospital Creative Art Therapists Offer Comfort, Coping, and Creativity

In our Innovators Series, we’re profiling University City entrepreneurs, researchers, and companies who are working on cutting-edge technologies and building the future right here in University City. We’ll feature those working in science, technology, medicine, and more to tell the story of how a virtuous cycle of innovation, talent, business formation, and placemaking is unfolding in our community, creating a 21st century economy that leverages knowledge into economic value and development.

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Mar 13, 2019 2 months ago

2019 Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll Vendor Applications

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 6th and Thursday, September 12th, 2019. The event draws thousands of neighbors and visitors to enjoy $1 specials from participating vendors.

At this time, we have filled all of our available community vending spots for the June Dollar Stroll. We are now accepting applications for vendors for the September 12 Dollar Stroll.

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Mar 07, 2019 2 months ago

Spring Clean-up! Join UCD and the City of Philadelphia for a Community Clean-up on April 6th

Help keep your neighborhood clean by joining a community cleanup on Saturday, April 6th 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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Mar 05, 2019 2 months ago

Inclusive Infrastructure and the 21st Century BID

For the better part of 20 years, University City District fit the para­digm of most Business Improvement Districts (BIDs), working every day to make our 2.4 square mile district cleaner, safer, greener and more enticing for both retailers and developers. We think of this work as investing in a neighborhood’s infrastructure, both literal and figurative: the foundational infrastructure of clean and safe streets, the commercial infrastructure of bustling retail districts and the civic infrastructure of thriving common spaces. 

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Feb 26, 2019 2 months ago

March 2019 at The Porch at 30th Street Station

Daily lunch service returns in March at The Porch! We have a different truck vending each day for lunch, plus breakfast service from our friends at Schmear It on Thursday mornings. Make sure to keep an eye on our Twitter page for updates and cancelations. We'll be sharing announcements about more programming and exciting changes coming to The Porch soon! 

 

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Feb 06, 2019 3 months ago

Innovation Spotlight: Two Penn Grads and Their Cutting Edge Glaucoma Treatment

In our Innovators Series, we’re profiling University City entrepreneurs, researchers, and companies who are working on cutting-edge technologies and building the future right here in University City. We’ll feature those working in science, technology, medicine, and more to tell the story of how a virtuous cycle of innovation, talent, business formation, and placemaking is unfolding in our community, creating a 21st century economy that leverages knowledge into economic value and development.

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Feb 04, 2019 3 months ago

Our 2018 Annual Review

University City District works year-round to change places and change lives. We invite you to explore our 2018 Annual Review online, where you can see our impact across our community. Thank you to all the partners, funders, and supporters who make our work possible. We look forward to coming together with all of you in 2019 to make University City a vibrant, welcome community for all.

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Jan 28, 2019 3 months ago

Hamilton Court: A Turn of the Century Gem Gets a 21st Century Makeover

You may have noticed some new additions to the streetscape on the south side of Chestnut Street between 38th and 39th Streets. Affectionately nicknamed “The Spaceship” by Post Brothers, the site’s developers, the decidedly modern architecture of Hamilton Court’s recently completed amenity center is hard to miss. The eye-catching design is meant to draw the gaze, while the ground-level commercial space is intended to activate street life on a previously quiet stretch of Chestnut Street.

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Jan 09, 2019 4 months ago

Celebrating 20 Years of Community Support by Giving Back to Local Civic Associations

The support of local civic associations has been critical to UCD’s work since our formation in 1997. Early in our history, the civics served as a bridge between UCD and the neighborhoods they serve, helping to amplify our mission with the community. Our Board of Directors has always included one representative from each association, ensuring the needs of the community are given voice and priority within University City.

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Jan 07, 2019 4 months ago

January 2019 Events in University City

Each month we aim to highlight theater, art, music, food, and tech events happening in University City. Want your event listed? Email us to get your organization added to our mailing list! See below the list of events for a round-up of MLK Day volunteer opportunities. 

What's Happening in January

 

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Dec 11, 2018 5 months ago

Staff Changes and Additions at the 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, enjoyed a busy end to 2018. The Skills Initiative completed several cohorts, began recruitment for more, and made exciting staff changes that will help our program grow and reach our goal of serving 400 participants a year by 2021.

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