University City District Blog

Oct 15, 2018 7 days ago

UCD Partners with Drexel and the City on 30th Street Station Traffic Management Pilot

As part of a larger effort to address transportation issues throughout our district, we have recently partnered with the City of Philadelphia and Drexel University to develop a pilot program to address congestion issues at 30th Street Station through improved traffic management. A component of the City's CONNECT: Philadelphia's Strategic Transportation Plan, this effort will help Philadelphia reach its goals to both improve traffic safety and manage congestion.

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Oct 04, 2018 18 days ago

Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House: Expanding their vision for children and families

University City is a pioneer in the provision of care for sick children and support for their families who travel far and wide to obtain for the best treatment for serious illnesses. Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) was the first hospital opened to care specifically for the needs of children. It was a pediatric oncologist there, Dr. Audrey Evans, who saw the toll taken on families with children undergoing long-term care, and whose vision laid the groundwork for the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House (PRMH).

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Oct 02, 2018 20 days ago

October 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 October

 

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Oct 01, 2018 21 days ago

October 2018 at The Porch at 30th Street Station

This October will be an exciting month at The Porch! See below for the full list of trucks vending each day for lunch, details on breakfast, drinks, shopping, yoga, and a fun art installation!

As part of the upcoming Design Philadelphia Festival we are partnering with local firm MIO to temporarily install custom seesaw and swivel chair furniture at The Porch from Friday, October 5th through the 12th. We're kicking things off with a party this Friday featuring an acrobatic dance performance, a DJ, and special drinks at the Pub. Check out this video the see the seesaws in action!

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Sep 28, 2018 24 days ago

We Cut the Ribbon on Trolley Portal Gardens!

Hundreds of stakeholders, friends and neighbors attended the September 27th ribbon cutting for Trolley Portal Gardens.

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Sep 26, 2018 26 days ago

Experience Trolley Portal Gardens at 40th and Baltimore!

Trolley Portal Gardens, UCD's brand new public space at 40th and Baltimore, is the culmination of years of fundraising, planning, and construction to transform the 40th Street Trolley Portal into a welcoming, inclusive neighborhood amenity. The space is also home to the brand new Trolley Car Station restaurant, which is officially open to the public! 

 

 

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Sep 05, 2018 47 days ago

UCD + Local Artist Glossblack Team up for Market Street Bridge Refresh

Three years after University City District (UCD), Center City District (CCD), the Schuylkill River Development Corporation (SRDC), and the design group Groundswell partnered to enhance the Market Street Bridge, UCD has refreshed the project, including collaborating with Philadelphia artist Glossblack on a unique and colorful mural installation on the central planters.

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Aug 29, 2018 54 days ago

September 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 September

 

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Aug 29, 2018 54 days ago

The Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll Returns September 13th

The Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll, presented in association with the Baltimore Avenue Business Association (BABA), returns for second time on Thursday, September 13th, from 5:30pm – 8:30pm. During this unique event, University City’s Baltimore Avenue between 43rd and 52nd Streets showcases its businesses with $1 bargains from neighborhood favorites, ranging from bites from signature restaurants to pet supplies to theater tickets.

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Aug 28, 2018 55 days ago

Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry Visit the West Philadelphia Skills Initiative

On August 24th, we were honored to welcome Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry to the West Philadelphia Skills Initiative. Secretary Jerry Oleksiak and Deputy Secretary for Workforce Development Eileen Cipriani toured our training facility and participated in a roundtable discussion with local employers and workforce partners. A lifelong educator, Secretary Oleksiak met with our current participants – who are training for Security Officer positions with Allied Universal – who talked about their experience in WPSI and their career aspirations.

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Aug 17, 2018 2 months ago

Locally Grown Development with People and Neighborhoods in Mind

Living on the 4100 block of Ludlow Street in the mid-to-late 1980s, Ahsan Nasratullah got a front row seat to the challenges and opportunities in University City. Amid growing anchor institutions like the University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, he saw great potential to cultivate a vibrant retail landscape. At the same time, he sought to support growing local jobs and much-needed services in a section of the city that was struggling to thrive.

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Aug 09, 2018 2 months ago

Join UCD for a Ribbon Cutting for Trolley Portal Gardens

We are thrilled to invite the neighborhood to join us in celebrating the official grand opening of Trolley Portal Gardens! Please come out and join us for a ribbon cutting, an open house, and light refreshments provided by the owners of Trolley Car Station on Thursday, September 27th from 5PM-7PM. Register here.

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Jul 30, 2018 2 months ago

August 2018 at The Porch at 30th Street Station

This August we are welcoming a new schedule of food trucks and PECO Performances to The Porch at 30th Street Station. Please note that neither Schmear It nor the Pub at The Porch will operate out of the pop-up in the middle of the space, although Schmear It will bring their truck out for breakfast service on the western edge of the space.

 

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Jul 25, 2018 2 months ago

August 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 August

 

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Jul 24, 2018 2 months ago

Jezabel Careaga Brings a Taste of Argentina to the Neighborhood

By Yasmine Hamou, UCD Marketing and Event Intern

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Jul 20, 2018 3 months ago

Clark Park Movies 2018

Free movies are returning to University City! UCD, in partnership with Philadelphia Parks and Recreation and Friends of Clark Park, will once again present Movies in Clark Park, four weeks of free outdoor movies. Each screening will be preceded by fun activities and offerings from local organizations and performance groups.

We had two rainouts this year and we will be deciding which of the two films (Coco and Black Panther) to show on our rain date of Friday, September 28th. Stay tuned!

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Jul 12, 2018 3 months ago

Reflections from UCD VP of Workforce Solutions Sarah Steltz

Sarah Steltz is UCD's new Vice President of Workforce Solutions. Prior to joining UCD, Sarah spent ten years working at Drexel University, most recently as Director of Workforce and Economic Inclusion on Drexel’s University and Community Partnerships (UCP) team.

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Jul 05, 2018 3 months ago

Now Accepting Community Vendors for the September 2018 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, September 13, 2018. The event draws thousands of neighbors and visitors to enjoy $1 specials from participating vendors.

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Jul 05, 2018 3 months ago

Catching Up with WPSI Grad Myna Whitney

Myna Whitney is a superstar. From the moment she joined the West Philadelphia Skills Initiative in 2012, she’s been a champion of the program, whether she’s appearing in UCD videos, speaking at alumni events, or talking to friends, neighbors, family or anyone else within earshot about why she loves the Skills Initiative and how it prepared her to succeed. We caught up with Myna six years after she graduated from WPSI as she celebrates another graduation – this time from Drexel University – to see where her training with the Skills Initiative has helped her land.

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Jun 29, 2018 3 months ago

July 2018 at The Porch at 30th Street Station

It's July, and we have a packed month 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 St. Benjamin's on July 12th and Love City on July 26th! 

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