University City District Blog

Jun 11, 2018 9 days ago

The Wistar Institute: Pioneering Biomedical Research in University City

Nestled among the venerable buildings of the University of Pennsylvania’s campus, a comparatively small but mighty force in the field of biomedical research and training has been developing breakthrough scientific technology in the fields of immunology and cancer research for over 125 years.

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May 31, 2018 19 days ago

June 2018 at The Porch at 30th Street

It's June, and things are heating up at The Porch at 30th Street Station! The Pub at The Porch is open for outdoor drinks three nights a week, our PECO Performances are back in full swing, and every weekday brings food trucks for lunchtime service!

Our beer takeover series continues at The Pub in June! Don't miss Urban Village Brewing Co. on June 14th or Conshohocken Brewing Company on June 28th!

PECO Performances at The Porch are back!

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May 29, 2018 21 days ago

June 2018 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! 

What's Happening in June

 

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May 21, 2018 29 days 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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May 08, 2018 43 days ago

May 2018 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! 

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Apr 25, 2018 56 days ago

May at The Porch at 30th Street Station

Spring has finally arrived in Philadelphia, which means increased activity at The Porch at 30th Street Station! In May we'll once again welcome two trucks a day for weekday lunchtime vending. Schmear It will continue operating each weekday morning from the pop-up in the center of The Porch. And on May 2nd, we're reopening the Pub at The Porch for after-work drinks on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays! See the full schedule below for food trucks and special events below.

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Apr 20, 2018 2 months ago

Brewery Takeovers Coming to the Pub at The Porch Outdoor Bar

This spring and summer we'll be partnering with Bridgewaters Pub and local breweries to bring rare local beers to the Pub at The Porch! On five Thursdays from May through June, local breweries will take over the Pub to serve beer in the outdoor bar area.

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Apr 11, 2018 2 months ago

JPMorgan Chase Invests $225,000 in UCD to Support Economic Opportunity for Local Residents

University City District is pleased to share that on Friday, April 6th, JPMorgan Chase & Co. announced a $225,000 grant at a presentation and symposium. The funds from this global investor will help fuel the West Philadelphia Skills Initiative (WPSI) job training program and support our efforts to leverage University City institutions' purchasing power to connect local residents to economic opportunity.
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Apr 11, 2018 2 months ago

Sarah Steltz Joins University City District as Vice President for Workforce Solutions

We are pleased to announce the hiring of Sarah Steltz as our organization’s new Vice President for Workforce Solutions. In her new role, Sarah will oversee University City District's nationally renowned job training program, the West Philadelphia Skills Initiative, and lead UCD’s efforts to connect talented local residents to University City’s explosive economic growth.

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Mar 29, 2018 2 months ago

April at The Porch at 30th Street Station

Spring has finally arrived in Philadelphia, which means increased activity at The Porch at 30th Street Station! In April we'll once again welcome two trucks a day for weekday lunchtime vending. Schmear It will continue operating each weekday morning from the pop-up in the center of The Porch. See the full schedule below.

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Mar 27, 2018 2 months ago

20 Years, 20 Stories: A Look Back—And Forward—from UCD's Chairs

Over the course of the past year we’ve shared stories about the local restaurants, organizations, people and places that have helped shape University City into a thriving community since University City District’s foundation in 1997. We’ve also focused on the men and women at UCD who have fully embraced the organization’s mission, creating programs to improve the physical fabric of the community and offering opportunities to neighbors to ensure they too could benefit from the district’s rapid transformation. 

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Mar 23, 2018 2 months ago

Now Accepting Community Vendors for the Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll

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 7 and Thursday, September 13, 2018. The event draws thousands of neighbors and visitors to enjoy $1 specials from participating vendors.

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Mar 14, 2018 3 months ago

Join a Community Cleanup on April 14th

Help keep your neighborhood clean by joining a community cleanup on Saturday, April 14th 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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Feb 26, 2018 3 months ago

Daily Lunch Service Returning to The Porch

Beginning Thursday, March 1st, daily weekday lunch service returns to The Porch! Throughout March catch one truck each day during lunchtime, plus Schmear It vending each morning from the pop-up in the middle of The Porch.

The schedule is below, but keep an eye on our Twitter and Facebook pages for any weather-related changes. 

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Feb 15, 2018 4 months ago

University City District and Partners Receive $5 Million Grant from Lenfest Foundation to Accelerate Career Opportunities for Local Residents

We are thrilled and honored to announce that University City District, the University City Science Center and Drexel University have been awarded a $5 million grant from the Lenfest Foundation. The three-year grant will support a unique partnership that leverages University City's explosive economic growth in order to train and place unemployed West Philadelphia residents in family-sustaining jobs today, while equipping the community's workforce with the skills and certifications needed to connect to the jobs of the future.

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Feb 14, 2018 4 months ago

Our 2017 Annual Review Highlights 20 Years of Impact

2017 proved to be momentous for University City District.

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Jan 30, 2018 4 months ago

20 Years, 20 Stories: Building Philadelphia's Second Skyline

Most of the stories in our 20 Years, 20 Stories campaign have focused on University City and West Philadelphia legends, lore, and favorites—from storied restaurants, to the origins of University City District initiatives, to profiles of local arts groups. Today, we turn our attention to the new University City, the University City currently rising along the western banks of the Schuylkill River.

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Jan 17, 2018 5 months ago

Mariposa: The Little Co-op that Could

A recent frigid morning didn’t stop shoppers from making their way into Mariposa Co-op. The cooperative grocery store fills the building at 4824 Baltimore Avenue to bursting with farm-fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables, bulk grains, nuts and pasta, high-quality meats and cheeses, and much more. The customers browsing the aisles are as diverse as the offerings: a young white woman with green hair wearing a faux fur coat; a middle-aged black man still wearing his winter cap and thick coat; a dark-skinned 20 something with a pierced septum. 

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