University City District Blog

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May 23, 2022 41 hours ago

Please Welcome New GCW Staff Member Alvin Rios

We are happy to announce a new member of the leadership team at Green City Works (GCW), our landscaping social impact subsidiary. Alvin Rios has joined GCW as our Landscape Operations Manager, bringing twenty years of experience ranging from landscape design to working for irrigation startups to building relationships with big brands including Urban Outfitters.

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May 23, 2022 41 hours ago

June 2022 Food Trucks, Performances, and Pop-Ups at The Porch

Since opening in April, The Porch has been alive with performances, pop-ups, and of course, food trucks! We welcomed local band SNACKTIME for a kick-off party, gave away free flowers, tacos, and plants, hosted live music, and were excited to see people returning to the space after a long winter. 

We're excited to share details on June food trucks, pop-ups, and performances below. We hope to see you at The Porch!  


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A SEPTA trolley at the 40th Street Trolley Portal
May 23, 2022 47 hours ago

Details on 2022 40th Street Trolley Track Renewal Project

SEPTA has recently announced upcoming excavation and renewal work to trolley tracks on 40th Street and the curve at 42nd and Spruce that will impact travel and parking throughout the summer. At the project's end, trolley riders and vehicles traveling along 40th Street will enjoy smoother streets, refreshed line painting, and improved track components.

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A woman sings in front of a crowd with the caption Summer in University City
May 18, 2022 7 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 2022!

Want even more events? Make sure to visit our Community Calendar

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Members of a 2018 WPSI cohort
May 09, 2022 15 days ago

Bank of America Offers $100,000 in Support of Our West Philadelphia Skills Initiative

We are deeply grateful to Bank of America for their recent $100,000 grant for our West Philadelphia Skills Initiative. The generous grant is part of Bank of America's philanthropic giving efforts in local communities. Awardees were selected for their commitment to addressing basic needs, medical response, and workforce development for individuals and families.

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May 06, 2022 18 days ago

UCD Data Digest: Construction Permits on the Rise

After a pause in the first months of the pandemic, construction in University City has rebounded and then some. During the first quarter of 2020, there were just two permits issued in University City, down from five a year earlier. This trend played out across the city, with WHYY reporting that only four new construction permits were issued across the entire city in April 2020, down from 122 in 2019.

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Flowers in bloom at 40th Street Trolley Portal Gardens
Apr 25, 2022 30 days ago

Enjoy Spring in University City

UCD works year-round to keep our streets beautiful, green, and safe for pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers.

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A graphic showing The Porch at 30th Street Station
Apr 14, 2022 40 days ago

Spring 2022 Food Trucks, Performances, and Pop-ups at The Porch

Spring has sprung, which means food trucks, performances, and pop-ups are returning to The Porch at 30th Street Station! Beginning Tuesday, April 19th, we're welcoming food trucks Tuesday-Friday for lunchtime vending from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM.

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Two guests enjoying a Dollar Stroll in 2017
Apr 14, 2022 40 days ago

Now Accepting Community Vendors for the 2022 Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll

University City District (UCD) is excited to announce the return of two Baltimore Avenue Dollar Strolls in 2022, occurring on Thursday, June 16th and Thursday, September 15th, each from 5:30 - 8:30 PM. The event draws thousands of neighbors and visitors to enjoy dollar deals from participating vendors. In 2022, we are expanding the price levels vendors can offer from $1 deals to deals for $1, $3, OR $5. 

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Mar 31, 2022 54 days ago

Street Sweeping Pilot Coming to Sections of West Philadelphia

Philadelphia's street-sweeping pilot program is set to expand to certain neighborhoods in Philadelphia, including some areas of our community. Beginning April 4th, 14 pilot areas will begin seeing regular street-sweepers cleaning their neighborhoods, and six of these areas will begin receiving fines of $31 for cars that do not move during posted sweeping times beginning in May.

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Ten Years of Neighborhood Impact for Project Rehab
Mar 29, 2022 56 days ago

Project Rehab Celebrates 10+ Years of Community Impact

For over ten years, our Project Rehab program, led by Ryan Spak, has been assisting community members with real estate issues ranging from title disputes to code violations to financing for renovations. Originally conceived to help homeowners transform vacant and debilitated properties into neighborhood assets, Project Rehab's services have expanded over the years to include providing aid to non-profit organizations, community groups, and churches.

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Mar 28, 2022 57 days ago

UCD Data Digest: Examining Transportation Levels Two Years into the Pandemic

Last week, we passed the two-year mark of the COVID-19 pandemic shutting down the economy and altering daily routines. In those early days of the crisis, mandated lockdowns kept Philadelphians at home, and as a result, traffic, transit ridership, and even pedestrian travel through our neighborhood all but dried up.

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Mar 28, 2022 57 days ago

UCD Employee Spotlight: Dr. Romaine Thrower

Dr. Romaine Thrower’s journey to working for the West Philadelphia Skills Initiative seemed destined from the start. Romaine grew up in West Philadelphia, where she attended Overbrook High School and was instilled with a desire to serve at a young age as a member of the Vine Memorial Baptist Church at 56th and Girard.  

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Feb 24, 2022 2 months ago

UCD Data Digest: Examining Bicycling Statistics in West Philadelphia

Recently, the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Transportation, Infrastructure and Sustainability (OTIS) announced plans to implement new street safety measures on portions of West Market and Chestnut Streets, two of the main east/west thoroughfares that cross West Philad

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Feb 16, 2022 3 months ago

Two Traffic Safety Projects Coming to West Philadelphia

The City of Philadelphia will soon begin two complete street safety projects in West Philadelphia that will be constructed this year as part of scheduled PA Department of Transportation (PennDOT) repaving. Each project will offer more than 2 miles of increased traffic safety for people who walk, take transit, bike, and drive on those streets.

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A neighbor joining a community clean-up
Feb 12, 2022 3 months ago

Spring Clean-up! Join UCD and the City of Philadelphia for a Community Clean-up on April 2nd, 2022

Throughout the year, UCD organizes multiple volunteer cleaning efforts. Please save the date for Saturday, April 2nd, 2022, when UCD will be organizing its next community cleanup in coordination with the citywide Philly Spring Cleanup. Help keep your neighborhood clean by tidying up your streets from 9 AM to 2 PM.

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Feb 09, 2022 3 months ago

University City District's 2021 Annual Review

Each year, we at University City District invest in the vitality of our neighborhood. We foster clean, safe, and active streets; we cultivate civic infrastructure and activate dormant public spaces through placemaking efforts; we plan and execute signature local events; and we create an opportunity infrastructure that connects talented Philadelphians to life-altering careers at major employers. Although 2021 presented new challenges, our commitment to changing places and changing lives never wavered.

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Jan 21, 2022 4 months ago

UCD Data Digest: Reflecting on Two Years of Job Posting Data

Back in early 2020, we started sharing weekly labor market trends as COVID-19 began to significantly disrupt normal hiring patterns. Nearly two years after the first cases were detected in the US, we have a much better picture of the long-term impacts on jobs in our region.  

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Participants from the West Philadelphia Skills Initiative engaging during a 2017 training
Jan 12, 2022 4 months ago

Lincoln Financial Foundation Awards $30,000 in Support for our West Philadelphia Skills Initiative

We are pleased to share that we are the recipients of a $30,000 grant from the Lincoln Financial Foundation to support the continued operation of our West Philadelphia Skills Initiative (WPSI), our cohort-based, employer-driven job training program.

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The cover for the 2022 edition of The State of University City
Jan 04, 2022 4 months ago

The State of University City 2022

University City District (UCD) is pleased to release our State of University City 2022 publication, a comprehensive report on neighborhood trends and major milestones from the previous year. 

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