University City District Blog

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Oct 21, 2021 30 hours ago

UCD Data Digest: A Look Into the Rise in Pedestrian Levels

When schools sent students home in the spring of 2020, foot traffic around colleges and universities across the country plummeted. Local businesses, especially those that cater to the student population, felt the brunt of that impact.

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Trolley Portal Gardens in July of 2021
Oct 19, 2021 3 days 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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A group of diners enjoying a meal at Renata's Kitchen
Oct 14, 2021 8 days ago

University City Dining Days Returns for 2021 October 20th-31st

University City Dining Days, University City District’s popular restaurant promotion, returns this year with new dates and new deals to showcase West Philadelphia’s diverse restaurant scene and to offer support to an industry still feeling the impact of COVID-19. In addition to the typical Dining Days option of three courses for a set price, local restaurants will offer alternate deals including special add-ons from Wednesday, October 20th through Sunday, October 31st. 

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Oct 14, 2021 8 days ago

Fall into these Great Local Events

Fall is a beautiful time of year in University City, and there are plenty of local events to help get you in the autumnal spirit! Whether you're seeking spooky thrills or other seasonal fun, there are plenty of local events popping up through the neighborhood to enjoy! As always, visit our Community Calendar for a more comprehensive list of local events, and check back regularly as more events are added.

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Sep 30, 2021 22 days ago

October 2021 at The Porch at 30th Street

We are excited to bring back lunchtime vending for October at The Porch at 30th Street! The schedule will be: 

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A group of Shipyard participants on a tour
Sep 28, 2021 24 days ago

Collaboration between WPSI, PIDC, and Philly Shipyard Inc. Leads to 13 Jobs

On Friday, September 24th, fourteen participants graduated from our partnership with PIDC’s Navy Yard Workforce Development Initiatives (NYWDI) and Philly Shipyard, Inc. to train unemployed Philadelphians for Union Laborer positions. The participants completed a three-week Shipyard Laborer Program that blended virtual courses and in-person sessions to offer instruction as well as OSHA-10 – General Industry Safety Certification, Basic Life Support/CPR certification, and exposure to the government and commercial shipbuilding industry.

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A Collage of Images from the Baltimore Avenue Saturday Stroll
Sep 26, 2021 26 days ago

Recapping the First-Ever Baltimore Avenue Saturday Stroll

On Saturday, September 25th, West Philadelphia’s Baltimore Avenue transformed into a shopper’s dream during our first-ever Baltimore Avenue Saturday Stroll.  Visitors were invited to stroll up and down Baltimore Avenue between 40th and 52nd Streets to visit amazing local small businesses and restaurants, plus we worked with Calvary, Indie-Life Media, the University City Arts League, and more partners to set up a block party area on 48th near Calvary Chur

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A WPSI cohort from 2018
Sep 07, 2021 45 days ago

Citizens Bank Continues Support of the Skills Initiative with $60,000 Contribution

We are thrilled to announce that Citizens Bank has awarded us a $60,000 grant to support our nationally-recognized job training program, the West Philadelphia Skills Initiative (WPSI). This generous contribution pushes the total support offered by the Citizens Charitable Foundation to the Skills Initiative to over half a million dollars since our program's inception.

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Aug 31, 2021 52 days ago

UCD Data Digest: How Delta is Impacting Job Postings

With the explosion of the Delta variant of COVID-19 and the rates for new vaccinations slowing down, some of the optimism many analysts were feeling last spring and in the early summer has faded.

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Local leaders cut the ribbon on Philadelphia's first Parklet
Aug 03, 2021 2 months 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 months 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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Aug 02, 2021 2 months 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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Jul 29, 2021 2 months 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 2 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 4 months 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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