University City District Blog

Apr 18, 2019 5 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 7 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 20 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 22 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 29 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 37 days 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 42 days 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.

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Mar 07, 2019 47 days 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 50 days 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 56 days 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 3 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 3 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 4 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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Dec 05, 2018 4 months ago

The State of University City 2019

On Wednesday, December 5th, hundreds of guests attended our annual State of University City event at World Cafe Live. This year, the event focused on how University City is setting the pace for the future of work for the region. UCD Board Chair Craig Carnaroli and UCD President Matt Bergheiser spoke about University City's role in the future of employment in the region, and how inclusion and opportunity are as critical as innovation and development. 

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Nov 27, 2018 4 months ago

Festive Events at Trolley Portal Gardens!

This December we're helping to celebrate the holidays at Trolley Portal Gardens!

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Nov 26, 2018 4 months ago

December 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 December

 

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Nov 09, 2018 5 months ago

Our Next Community Cleanup will be Saturday, December 1st

Help keep your neighborhood clean by joining a community cleanup on Saturday, December 1st 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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